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 via his web site:
"All the band were in about noon [on Monday, Jan. 27], and they worked on a new song, one written basically by Jan - a very interesting historical overview of a particularly period in French religous history, very bloody, and one I'd never heard about - so Bruce's has been waxing philosophical and lyrical about said incidents, and educating the rest of us, and it is indeed very interesting!!! (breakfast break!) AH! - rejuvenated! Basically, we tracked 5 takes, and the fifth one was fantastic, so we stopped there! And that's the basic track, which we'll go over towards the end of the week and do some overdubs on it - Jan has some cool guitar harmony things worked out, and it should be very exciting once it's all wrapped up! The band are so in sync with each other - it is incredible. There is very little friction in the studio, and the sessions couldn't be any more fun and productive than they are, and they rock so fucking hard too! So, it all augers well for the finished product, and whatever period in MAIDEN's history is your favorite, I doubt whether they've all played as together as this before. In the ZEPPELIN tradition of Tight But Loose, this is a band which moves - pushing the beat, pulling it back, and that's real rock! No click tracks, no ProTools computer tightening and manipulation - what you hear is what they play, one thing which is not true of a METALLICA album, but that's not a criticism as I'm a fan - I'm just saying it like it is, and MAIDEN are the last and the best of the naturally moving rock bands. Rock on..."
A photo of IRON MAIDEN guitarists Dave Murray, Jannick Gers and Adrian Smith going over and discussing some of their parts in the studio can be viewed at this location. A shot of MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris rehearsing in the studio can be viewed here.