Grey beards rejoice! Two heavy hitters from metal’s storied and legendary past are putting out new albums in 2015.
Iron Maiden will release a double album on September 4th called The Book of Souls. This will be the pioneering British band’s 16th studio album since they debuted in 1980 with the self-titled Iron Maiden. Wow. This is also the first record since Bruce Dickinson’s brush with cancer. I don’t have a first listen yet, but we can go back and remember this classic from The Number of The Beast.
About a week later, on September 11th, we get Slayer‘s 11th record Repentless. Kerry King talks about the frenetic speed-banger, “I went with it based on Slayer,” King begins. “Slayer is repentless; Slayer’s always been repentless. I said, ‘You know what, I should write something about how I think Jeff looked at the world, because he looked at the world exactly how Slayer looked at the world.’ Plus little ‘Jeff-isms.’ It was both easy and difficult. The difficult part was doing it justice; I didn’t want to just throw it together. I wanted it to be solid, as deep as it could be without getting personal.”
Slayer goes back to 1983’s Show No Mercy.
— Slayer (@Slayer) June 19, 2015
There ya go…something new, that leans on the past.