Bruce Dickinson, the iconic frontman of Iron Maiden, is back in action, and he’s bringing some exciting news for all the metalheads out there. With the announcement of his forthcoming album ‘The Mandrake Project’ and its lead single ‘Afterglow of Ragnarok,’ Dickinson is making waves in the world of heavy metal music once again.
After an 18-year hiatus from his solo career, Bruce Dickinson is ready to unleash his musical prowess with ‘The Mandrake Project.’ The anticipation has been building since September when he first revealed this exciting project. For fans who have been eagerly waiting, this news is nothing short of a sonic treat.
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‘Afterglow Of Ragnarok’ is the track that’s set to lead the charge for ‘The Mandrake Project.’ Dickinson himself has assured us that this song remains loyal to his “heavy” roots, delivering a powerful, head-banging experience.
In his words, Dickinson stated, “It was important to set the tone of the project with this track.” And it certainly does that, with a massive riff driving it forward. He also teased that there’s an exciting video in the works, promising an even more immersive experience for fans.
‘Afterglow Of Ragnarok’ will be released on 1st December. As for ‘The Mandrake Project,’ the exact release date remains a mystery, but we can expect it to grace our ears sometime in 2024. The album will come with its comic book series, diving deeper into the narrative that underpins the music. We’ll get more insights on this project when Bruce Dickinson appears at Brazil’s Comic-Con event, CCXP23, on 30th November.
For collectors and die-hard fans, a 7 minute long release of ‘Afterglow Of Ragnarok’ will include a demo version of Dickinson’s original solo track, ‘If Eternity Should Fail,’ as a b-side. This song ended up being used by Iron Maiden in 2015’s ‘The Book of Souls.’
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Now, let’s talk about the live experience. Bruce Dickinson isn’t just gifting us with a new album; he’s also hitting the road for a UK and Ireland tour in spring 2024. If you’ve been craving some live music and the electrifying atmosphere of a concert, this is your chance.
The tour will kick off with five shows across the UK, starting at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow on 18th May. The following day, he’ll be gracing the stage at the O2 Academy in Manchester, and the energy will only ramp up from there. Additional performances at Swansea Arena, Nottingham’s Rock City, and London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town are all in the pipeline.
A series of shows across Europe is also on the horizon, including stops in France, Holland, Hungary, Sweden, Germany and more.