Iron Maiden have released their new album, 'The Final Frontier' - their first for four years.
The heavy metal band from Leyton, South London, completed work on their fifteenth studio album back in April and the first single was announced as the record's second track, 'El Dorado', which subsequently became available as a free download. The making of 'The Final Frontier' saw the legendary band return to Compass Point Studios, where they recorded albums 'Piece of Mind', 'Powerslave' and 'Somewhere in Time', in the 1980's. The group also reunited with stalwart Maiden producer Kevin Shirley. Singer Bruce DICkinson told the band's official website in June, "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."
In support of the new album, the band also recently embarked on a World Tour, which started in Dallas. However, their set at Finland's Sonisphere Festival was for a short time in doubt due to a severe thunderstorm hitting the site on 8th August 2010. Fortunately, attempts to dry and replace equipment were successful, and the band were able to play a full show.