The Final Frontier
The release date for IRON MAIDEN'S new studio album THE FINAL FRONTIER is now confirmed for Tuesday August 17th in North America. The new album features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant, and is comprised of 10 new Iron Maiden compositions, clocking in at over 76 minutes in length. THE FINAL FRONTIER will be available in a special limited edition Metal Tin package at launch, as well as standard CD, and Double Picture Disc vinyl. The band reunited with long-time Maiden producer Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley in early 2010 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau to record THE FINAL FRONTIER and then moved to LA to finish the recording and do the mixing. Compass Point Studio is very familiar to the band, it was where they recorded the Piece Of Mind ('83), Powerslave ('84) and Somewhere In Time ('86) albums. Bruce comments 'The studio had the same vibe and it was EXACTLY as it had been in 1983, NOTHING had changed! Even down to the broken shutter in the corner...same carpet....everything... It was really quite spooky. But we felt very relaxed in such a familiar and well-trodden environment and I think this shows in the playing and the atmosphere of the album'
Thirty years on from their eponymous debut album in April 1980, The Final Frontier will be Maiden's 15th studio album, making a remarkable average of a new album every two years for 30 years and totalling over 80 million album sales during this period