IRON MAIDEN producer Kevin Shirley, who is currently working with the band at a London studio on their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", has posted the following recording update to his web site:
"IRON MAIDEN news - well, we've two lead vocals to go!!! And then we should be able to start mixing towards the end of next week. As many of you MAIDEN fans know, there is a big epic song - a historic overview of a battle, and we had some orchestration done on it by Jeff Bova, and I have included an excerpt from his notes, to whet your appetites, and wet your panties!
" 'Whew! This was a big one. Used full strings with French horns and Orchestral percussion. I also created some sound design options. (In) the final chorus I used the cannon like sounds with tubular bells to get an 1812 overture effect. .....these are all options to play with. Picturing the dying soldier on the battlefield, I did some sounds like whispers which I call 'Dead Souls', I imagined it like the sound of all the other dead soldiers on the "other side" awaiting their comrade to die (Very 2001'ish). A hawk cry, symbolizing a warrior being beckoned to wherever heroes are called to after death. A distant boys choir suggesting perhaps the innocence lost by all those who fought. The whole song is so cinematic I thought of these effects as supporting film like images.'
"Doesn't that sound fantastic!!! Hope you love it! Now we're just waiting for Bruce!!!"