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The Writing On The Wall

It’s good to hear Iron Maiden music.

They are one of the rare bands from the 80’s who keep writing and recording new albums. Although the time spans between albums has become bigger over the last 15 years, it’s not because they are lazy, they are just on the road or in the air, touring and doing what they do.

And a pandemic put a halt to their touring plans in 2020. So when artists have time, they normally write and here we are in 2021, with new music.

They have been teasing this new music for about a fortnight, and a lot of internet sleuths started piecing together all the clues about “Belshazzar’s Feast” from a T-shirt that Bruce Dickinson was wearing in an interview he did on Sky News.

And like all things Maiden, I am sure we will get to know more about Belshazzar’s Feast, because that’s what Maiden does, they get people like me into researching and learning.

It’s written by Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson, with production by Kevin Shirley.

The country blues rock in the intro has me interested. It’s a new style into the Iron Maiden family.

The verse riff reminds me of “Stormbringer” from Deep Purple played with a bluesy swagger. Vocally Dickinson is still a powerhouse.

How good are those guitar harmonies after the first chorus?

The lead that comes at the 4.27 mark, I am pretty sure it’s Adrian Smith as it sounds like his style, is excellent.

I keep re-listening to this song just to keep hearing the lead break.

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8 thoughts on “The Writing On The Wall

  1. Heard a Pom say it sounded Celtic- before that I was leaning towards towards southern rock- but yeah it has a Celtic punk rock edge to it to be sure 😂
    And the vid clip reminds me of Stephen King The Tower books

    • I still haven’t seen the film clip. I heard the Pixar guys or ex Pixar guys worked on it.

      Celtic yes. I mentioned in another comment it reminds me of tracks like Copperhead Road and Hangman Jury. Just a bit more aggressive

  2. Great track for sure. Love the beginning when Harris and the guitars lock in. Epic track Maiden cannot do any wrong. Enjoy em while u can folk’s.

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