Posted Aug 14th, 2015 (10:47 am) by Heather Starks
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
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With heavy metal experiencing a resurgence, it's only fitting that the legendary rockers would be leading the way.

Iron Maiden, the iconic heavy metal band that brought us face melters like The Number Of The Beast and Wrath Child, have released their first song in five years, "Speed Of Light." The song is the first single off their upcoming double album, The Book Of Souls. The record is a bit of a miraculous happening, as lead singer Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2014. During the time of the recording, neither Dickinson nor his band mates were aware of his illness.

When asked how it affected the making of the album, bassist Steve Harris told Kerrang Magazine: "Well, it didn't at all, because Bruce didn't know and none of us knew anything about… There was no inkling of any of it. He'd finished all his vocal bits completely anyway, and then there were some other bits and pieces we were doing. Really, we didn't know anything — he didn't show any signs at all. I mean, his singing, when you hear it… He's singing better than ever."

This was no ordinary cancer. Dickinson discussed the discovery of his tumors with the BBC: "I had two, actually. One was three and a half centimeters — the size of a golf ball. And the other one was two and a half centimeters, and getting a bit bigger. And that was the only symptom — I had a lump in my neck, and that was the second one. So I went to the doc, and they went, 'Oh, that's a bit weird.' [They] took a scan of it, had a look, had a poke around, and went, 'You have head and neck cancer.' So I went, 'That's a bit of a blow' But you get on with it. You crack on and you get on with it. So… that was it."

One listen is all it takes to realize that Dickinson's voice is as strong as ever. "Speed Of Light" could easily fit right alongside their older albums, with Dickinson's rebel yell layered over lighting fast guitar riffs that are Iron Maiden's calling card. Not even cancer can slow this veteran rocker down, and you can't get much more metal than that.

Check out the video below, and look for Book Of Souls on September 4, via Parlophone records.

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