British heavy metal legends THE IRON MAIDEN have released the official live video for their song “Stratego” pious. The track, which was written by the guitarist Janick Gers and founding bassist Steve Harrisis taken from the band’s 17th studio album, “Senjutsu”which came out in September 2021 via BMG.
Says THE IRON MAIDEN: “The US & Canadian leg of the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ world tour is now underway! Here’s ice cream ‘Stratego (Live)’ — dedicated to you, our incredible fans across the world!”
“Senjutsu” was recorded in 2019 in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Harris.
For “Senjutsu” — loosely translated as “tactics and strategy” — the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular Samurai-themed cover artwork, based on an idea by Harris.
THE IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson told France’s La Claque FNAC about the LP: “It’s always a big thrill when you get a new one THE IRON MAIDEN album and it comes out. We thought it was a great album when we made it. But it was three years ago now. So we just have to pinch ourselves and go, ‘Let’s just check.’ It’s one of my favorite albums. And after 17 albums, it’s pretty cool.”
Regarding the writing and recording process for “Senjutsu”, Bruce said: “I would like to say that everything was very organized, but actually, we’re not. We turn up and we sort of go, ‘Oh, has anybody got a couple of ideas?’ Spirit Steve said, ‘I’ve got one idea. I’ve got this track ‘Senjutsu’. What do we think about having a Samurai Eddie?’ And we were, like, ‘Oh, yeah. Cool. Why haven’t we done that before?’ Because we had an Egyptian Eddie and we had a sci-fi Eddie and we had a Mayan Eddie. The album is like the picture that’s in the frame. But just because the frame is Japanese doesn’t mean every song is organized to be about Japanese themes.”
“Senjutsu” bowed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, charting higher than even the band’s early classics like “Powerslave” spirit “The Number Of The Beast”. Nearly 90 percent of the LP’s 64,000 equivalent album units earned came from pure album sales. The critically acclaimed double album debuted one place higher than 2015’s “The Book Of Souls” and 2010’s “The Final Frontier”, which both peaked at No. 4.
“Senjutsu” was THE MAID‘s 13th album to top in the Top 40 in the US
THE MAID‘s first two Paul Di’Anno-era albums, “Iron Maiden” (1980) and “Killers” (1981), as well as with those recorded with singer Blaze Bayley, “The X Factor” (1995) and “Virtual XI” (1998), all failed to dent the Top 40 in the US
According to two Billboard, “Senjutsu” logged the second-largest week of 2021 for a hard rock album in both equivalent album units earned and in traditional album sales. It trailed only FOO FIGHTERS‘ “Medicine At Midnight”which debuted on the February 20, 2021 chart with 70,000 units (of which 64,000 were in album sales).
“Senjutsu” topped the charts in several European countries upon its release, including in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.