Iron Maiden are in classic form on their new single, Stratego

Dave Murray (left) and Adrian Smith perform with Iron Maiden at the Sweden Rock Festival 2018
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Last month, metal titans Iron Maiden announced their 17th studio album – and first in six years – Senjutsu

Proceeded by the six-minute epic, The Writing on the Wall, the double album has now been joined by a second single, the slimmer, but still classically Maiden Stratego.

Written by guitarist Janick Gers and bassist Steve Harris – the latter of whom co-produced SenjutsuStratego gallops along briskly with electric guitar harmonies galore, frontman Bruce Dickinson's operatic cries and a cinematic solo.

You can give it a spin below.

The follow-up to 2015’s The Book Of Souls, Senjutsu was recorded at Guillame Tell Studio in the suburbs of Western Paris and produced by Kevin Shirley, who also produced The Book of Souls.

“We recorded it during a break in the Legacy of the Beast tour,” Dickinson said of the album. “So we could maximize our touring yet still have a long set up period before release to prepare great album art and something special as a video. Of course the pandemic delayed things more – so much for the best laid plans – or should that be ‘strategies’?  

“The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long. There’s also one or two songs which sound pretty different to our usual style, and I think Maiden fans will be surprised – in a good way, I hope!”

Senjutsu is set for a September 3 release via Warner Bros. You can check out its cover art and track list below.

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Iron Maiden Senjutsu

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Iron Maiden – Senjutsu:

  1. Senjutsu
  2. Stratego 
  3. The Writing On The Wall
  4. Lost In A Lost World 
  5. Days Of Future Past
  6. The Time Machine
  7. Darkest Hour 
  8. Death Of The Celts
  9. The Parchment 
  10. Hell On Earth

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.