Photo by Graham Berry

Photo by Graham Berry

There are few bands who could make the most out of half a minute like Iron Maiden can, and the first preview of the heavy metal group’s upcoming album ‘The Book of Souls‘ is right in line with what dedicated fans have been anticipating.

We couldn’t accurately pinpoint which one of the eleven epic tracks (literally “epic,” considering several songs on the effort clock in at over eight minutes) is sampled in the new video from Iron Maiden. That being said, what is featured is most accurately described as a rip-roaring shred fest.

“We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously,” bassist Steve Harris previously stated. “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, I think.”

While there’s no hint of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson to be found in the new preview, the members of Iron Maiden appear to be in top form here. Considering the bulk of the ‘Book of Souls’ recording sessions took place prior to Dickinson’s treatment for cancer at the end of 2014, Harris says that we should expect to hear the frontman in fine shape on the record.

How is the frontman currently feeling? Dickinson recently appeared on BBC to discuss how his life has been over these past six months of recovery. “Well, I’ve just been through what, actually, a load of people go through every day,” he shrugged. “I mean, ’cause it’s thousands of people in the U.K. and around the world who have treatment for this kind of thing.

“In that respect, the only thing that’s special about it is that I’m a quite well-known person, so… But I’ve been fortunate. I had a really good bounceback. And everybody says, ‘Hey, it’s gone.’ So I’m just getting better now, really — healing up.”

When asked about the size of the tumor, Dickinson offered, “I had two, actually. One was three and a half centimeters — the size of a golf ball. And the other one was two and a half centimeters, and getting a bit bigger. And that was the only symptom — I had a lump in my neck, and that was the second one.

“I went to the doc, and they went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit weird.’ [They] took a scan of it, had a look, had a poke around, and went, ‘You have head and neck cancer.’ So I went, ‘That’s a bit of a blow.’ But you get on with it. You crack on and you get on with it. So… that was it.”

We are grateful that Bruce Dickinson is on the way to recovery and that he and the members of Iron Maiden are back. While we likely won’t see the band back on tour until next year, Iron Maiden’s new album ‘The Book of Souls’ will be released on September 4 via Parlophone Records.