• Bruce Dickinson to release new studio record BLOODRED BATTLEFIELD on September 2nd, 2014


    Legendary IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson is back with a new solo album entitled BLOODRED BATTLEFIELD. His seventh studio album so far will be released on September 2nd, 2014 in United Kingdom, on September 5th in the rest of Europe and on September 9th in North America via Sanctuary Records. Bruce Dickinson will tour through Europe in September and October 2014 to promote the new record produced by Roy Z who also plays guitars on the new output. John Mortimer (Holocaust) on guitars, Tony Speakman (Hell) on bass guitars and Dan Foord (SikTh) on drums complete the new line-up. Additional keyboards and orchestrations on the new album are performed by Malcolm Pearson (White Spirit).

    “I have had so many ideas for the new songs over the last few years but I simply didn’t have any time to get a new solo album done due to the different world tours with Iron Maiden,”, explains Dickinson. Some new tracks such as “Bullet In My Back” and “Bloodred Battlefield” had already been written during the recording sessions of Bruce Dickinson’s last studio output “Tyranny Of Souls” in 2005. The new record covers tracks written between 2005 and 2013. The new solo output was recorded in three different sessions. The first one took place in Florida in November and December 2011, the second one in Los Angeles in March and April 2013 and the third and final one in London between December 2013 and March 2014.

    “It was quite difficult to organize our schedules. Everybody in our line-up is involved in other bands, has a family and other jobs. It’s thanks to the excellent coordination of Roy Z and the help of modern technologies and social media that we were finally able to give birth to our new baby.”, admits Dickinson. “I wanted to go back to my own roots on this record. BLOODRED BATTLEFIELD is a pure heavy metal album with a few crunchier tracks and a few atmospheric epics.”, describes Dickinson. 

    In order to introduce the new record to the fans, the new line-up will go on an extensive European tour covering 27 dates in 18 countries this autumn. Further tour dates covering Scandinavia, Russia and Japan will be announced for spring 2015. Bruce Dickinson also plans to come back to North and South America one day but admits that this has to wait. “We are already working on a few song ideas for a new IRON MAIDEN record. We want to go back to the studio in early 2015. Once all the work is done, I will be busy touring with my solo material in Scandinavia, Russia and Japan for a month or so. I will be back with the other guys to do the promotional work for the new IRON MAIDEN record. We are planning to release a new record by late summer or autumn of 2015. I guess I won’t be able to do further touring with my solo material before late 2016.”

    BLOODRED BATTLEFIELD will be available as regular version, limited digipak edition including a high quality 32-page booklet and an alternate cover artwork that will be revealed soon and as black or green vinyl editions with download codes for the entire album. The Japanese edition will include two cover versions in honour of late Jon Lord (Deep Purple) and Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell). Bruce Dickinson says: “These two musicians had a really big impact on my career and it’s important to me to pay a last tribute to them.”

    The first single “Aviator” will be released on August 19, 2014. The limited physical version will include a band poster and an acoustic version of the title track. Bruce Dickinson and his band mates have recently started with the shooting of the video at abandoned RAF Burtonwood airbase. “It will be a truly impressive clip about one of my biggest passions. I can’t wait to present it to the fans.”, adds Dickinson.

    For further information, read the details below:

    Bruce Dickinson (Vocals)
    Roy Z (Acoustic & Electric Guitars)
    John Mortimer (Electric Guitars)
    Tony Speakman (Bass Guitars)
    Dan Foord (Drums & Percussions)
    Guest musicians:
    Malcolm Pearson (Keyboards & Orchestrations) 

    1.) Bullet In My Back (Dickinson/Speakman/Roy Z) 4:12
    2.) Aviator (Dickinson/Mortimer) 3:53
    3.) Invincible (Dickinson/Speakman/Roy Z) 3:39
    4.) Downfall Of The Earth (Dickinson/Roy Z) 5:57
    5.) Sands Of Time (Dickinson/Mortimer) 4:14
    6.) Prince Of Babylon (Dickinson/Mortimer) 13:21
    7.) Ghost Love Story (Dickinson/Mortimer/Pearson) 5:21
    8.) Final Prayer (Dickinson/Pearson) 3:01
    9.) Bloodred Battlefield (Dickinson/Pearson/Roy Z) 9:13

    Japanese bonus tracks:
    10.) Stargazer (Rainbow cover) (Blackmore/Dio) 8:13
    11.) Sail Away (Deep Purple cover) (Blackmore/Coverdale) 5:39

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    PS: April Fools‘ prank made for the German Iron Maiden Forum ;-)
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