Iron Maiden have premiered the video for “Speed of Light,” the first single from their upcoming 16th studio album, the double-disc set The Book of Souls.
The video was produced and directed by Llexi Leon, with animation and visual effects by the Brewery Production Company. In a statement, the band said that the clip “is a ‘homage’ to four decades of video gaming, juxtaposed alongside Iron Maiden’s 40 years of incredible visuals centering on their talisman, Eddie, as he travels through space & time to complete his Herculean task.”
Iron Maiden recorded The Book of Souls late last year in Paris with producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley, who has co-produced the group’s records since 2000’s Brave New World. Maiden put “finishing touches” on the album earlier this year. Artist Mark Wilkinson, who has previously made art for Maiden, Judas Priest and Marillion, designed The Book of Souls’ cover.
The band said that they’re excited about the personal advancements they achieved while making the record. “We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously,” bassist and frequent songwriter Steve Harris said in a statement. “A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs. They have almost a live feel to them.”
“We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it,” frontman Bruce Dickinson added. “We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album back in 2000, so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there… By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double it’s going to be!”
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The group is planning on hitting the road to support the album in 2016 assuming that Dickinson remains healthy. The singer revealed that he had been diagnosed with a tumor on his tongue this past February, and the band reported in March that he was recovering well. Last month, Dickinson reported that his doctor had given him the “all clear.”
“I’m a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me,” the singer wrote in a statement at the time. “Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!”