The Writing on the Wall by Iron Maiden!

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Oh my. A new clip from Iron Maiden is out in the open, and we didn’t see it coming. The RMR deck crew is eagerly awaiting that new full-length record. This elusive new piece is so overdue, it starts to feel like AC/DC that were pronounced officially dead, before making an about-turn back to reality. In this light, any new track that surfaces is an indicator of new delights heading our way, right?

So, The Writing on the Wall arrives out of the left field after some six years of radio silence. And it comes in the form of one of those beastly cartoons. A mix somewhere in between Easy Rider, Mad Max, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The scripture 3.0, reloaded on a dystopian Heavy Metal footing, like.

In short, you’ll find a storyline so cliché, it almost hurts. Boy, you can almost see the cheese dripping from your monitor when watching the clip. Mystical powers joining forces with aliens to generate two humans straight from their space-age bioreactor. With the goat pinned onto the wall in a pentagram, so he can’t interfere. And the two lovebirds get to eat the apple, served by a new demonic version of Eddie, no less.

Heavy Metal nursing a Power Metal itch worse than the desert-tinged crime Unleash The Archers committed some years ago? Well, not quite, but we’re getting close. That those Lords of the Ages (or whatever they are) ride their bikes into the desert on weird hints of alt-country and Southern Rock, spiffed up by that typical Maiden metal sound from somewhere around the ’90s, probably saved their bacon more than they realize. Dickinson and his merry men do deliver some pretty spicy fare to keep things interesting. And that goes hand-in-hand with one of the band’s sturdiest solos.

Let’s just hope that their new album won’t contain too many repeats of the X-Factor era. We don’t need to go back there. And this clip gets way too close to that for us to be really amused.1) But then, we don’t quite know yet if this clip will feature on any future studio album. So, let’s not overheat – for now.

Meantime, why don’t ya judge the merits of the clip by yourself? Here’s to The Writing on the Wall. Enjoy!

Ed’s note: And congrats, the piece made it onto the 2021 Top 3.

LabelParlophone | Web: Official Band Site
Release Date: 15 July 2021


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