"We're in a progressive stage with the band now," the guitarist says. "We're taking it to extremes. The new album, I'm really proud of it, 'cause the one song we released isn't indicative of the rest of the album - there's so many different feels and ways of playing on the album. We go through some different attitudes and take you to different places. There's a lot of long thematic tunes on this album. And some very varied music."
"My whole attitude towards music is it has to have a melody," Gers adds. "Heavy music, I love it hard and I like that real powerful rock 'n' roll, but it has to have a melody, and if you lack melody, then you lose everything that it's about, and you play to a minority section of people. We play music that is very heavy but also has high and low points, and there are lots of melodies. We've got a great singer, an incredible singer, and we use him to his utmost. He sings his heart out every time we go out there."
Read more of the interview here.
The brand new Iron Maiden video for 'The Final Frontier' can now be seen below:
For diehard fans, the previously revealed tracklist for The Final Frontier (found below) now features the song credits:
'Satellite 15... The Final Frontier' (Smith/Harris)
'El Dorado' (Smith/Harris/Dickinson)
'Mother Of Mercy' (Smith/Harris)
'Coming Home' (Smith/Harris/Dickinson)
'The Alchemist' (Gers/Harris/Dickinson)
'Isle Of Avalon' (Smith/Harris)
'The Talisman' (Gers/Harris)
'The Man Who Would Be King' (Murray/Harris)
'When The Wild Wind Blows' (Harris)
The release date for The Final Frontier is now confirmed for Monday, August 16th. A widget can be found below. The new album features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant and, to mark the occasion, the band have made special arrangements for one new album track 'El Dorado' to be made available Worldwide as a FREE digital download MP3 with immediate effect.
Click here for your free download. US fans, visit this location.