Another new IRON MAIDEN song, entitled "Brighter than a Thousand Suns", has been posted online at IronMaiden.com.
According to Kerrang! magazine, "Brighter than a Thousand Suns" is arguably the heaviest track on MAIDEN's new album, "A Matter of Life and Death", and one with heavy subject matter to match.
"It's about the atomic bomb," says singer Bruce Dickinson. "The scientist that saw the first bomb go off said it was brighter than a thousand suns. The idea that human beings could bring about their own total destruction totally changed the way people thought."
As previously reported, the new IRON MAIDEN song "Different World" has been made available for streaming at this location.
The opening track on "A Matter of Life and Death", "Different World" is the shortest song on the CD at a mere four minutes.
"It wasn't intentional when we sat down and wrote it, but as soon as it was finished we thought 'THIN LIZZY!'" bassist Steve Harris told Kerrang! magazine. "It's a tribute to them, in a way. Obviously it sounds like MAIDEN, but it just conjured up that THIN LIZZY vibe."
As previously reported, MAIDEN has contributed "Different World", to the Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam video game. The title is the first downhill skateboard racing game based on the wildly popular Tony Hawk franchise and will be released by Activision in the fall for the Wii, Nintendo DS, and Game Boy Advance.
North American residents can pre-order the new IRON MAIDEN CD, "A Matter of Life and Death", as a CD or iPod-friendly digital download for only $9.99 — or $14.99 with a limited-edition t-shirt. Fans purchasing the release will also be able to buy tickets to the band's upcoming October U.S. tour run in advance of the general public on-sale date of August 12.
The band's recently announced North American arena tour will be the only U.S. dates in support of "A Matter of Life and Death".
"A Matter of Life and Death" was recorded at Sarm West Studios in London with producer Kevin Shirley, who also worked on the last two MAIDEN albums, 2000's "Brave New World" and 2003's "Dance of Death".
"A Matter of Life And Death" is scheduled for release on September 5 via Sanctuary Records.