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First Two Albums "Iron Maiden" And "Killers" To Be Re-Recorded By Iron Maiden Along With Brand New Album "Powerslave II"

Iron Maiden came out of studio hibernation to announce that the band will finally re-record the first two albums "Iron Maiden" (1980) and "Killers" (1981) with Bruce Dickinson on vocals, citing "fan demand" as the reason. The announcement comes as the band is set to unleash its follow up to the 2010 album "The Final Frontier" which will be entitled "Powerslave II."

In an interview with Smile, the premiere in flight magazine of Filipino airline Cebu Pacific, Dickinson stated (translated via Bing): "We have been really really busy behind the scenes, keeping this enormous project a secret. When we met to discuss whether the band wanted to do a new studio album as a unit, Steve suggested we try an idea we had floating around for a long while now - bring back the glory of 'Powerslave.' At the time, it was just a musical direction, but the more we wrote it appeared that the time was right to bring back Egypt as a central theme for the cover. The album itself is a the natural continuation of the style of that release. Nikko suggested we just call it 'Powerslave II' since it felt like that old magic was back. We asked Derrick [Riggs] for some cover ideas and he suggested we take the 'Final Frontier' idea - space - and combine it with the Egyptian theme. The result was sort of like the metal album for 'Stargate.'"

The track titles and release date for "Powerslave II" have not yet been announced, but the album cover can be seen below.

Bassist Steve Harris commented on re-recording the two classic first albums: "Fans have been telling us for years that they wanted to hear what it would have been like if Bruce sang on the first two albums. We kicked the tires on this recently and figured, if Di'Anno can tour for thirty years making money playing those songs live and re-recording them...we can just do the 'Manowar' thing and make 2014-2015 a really special time for the fans with three albums to look forward to. Really, we did this for the fans."

The third guitarist added: "The new album is going to slay everyone. I am so excited to be part of this. Paul would be proud!"

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1. Scott Gray writes:

April fools

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. MU trollwire writes:

The big deal about this story is its gonna be a paul day dennis willcock combo on both records, while bruce d***inson has been named strictly as the band's pilot and bus driver for the following tour, bruce set his own ego aside to get this done but still gets a hunk of each vocalists percentage in pay during the tour on top of his pilot and drivers fees.
Tim ~ MUTW

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Vizator writes:

These articles are funny and range from slightly plausible to totally outrageous. What ruins them is the article tomorrow that will say Happy April Fools! Did we get you? No MU, you didn't. You haven't gotten us since 2005. Articles funny. Follow up not.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Todd writes:

wow so ive read 3 interesting articles on here so far to just find out their all april fools jokes. thanks a lot metalunderground.com, would have appreciated some real news.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 2:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Blindgreed1 writes:

Well Todd, any other day you would get your wish. It's called a sense of humor. You should try it some time. It can be a lot of fun.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 2:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. HMRok writes:

Almost forgot what day it is. Very funny.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 2:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Jigenuck writes:

Funny thing: you cannot write Bruce last name without sensorship: d***INSON!!!

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 2:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. spiral_architect writes:

I ACTUALLY THINK THAT ALBUM COVER IS THOUGHT PROVOKING. IT HAS BEEN THEORIZED THAT ALIENS INFLUENCED ANCIENT AFRICAN AND WORLD CIVILIZATION........IT WOULD BE COOL TO HAVE THE FIRST TWO ALBUMS RE-RECORDED. THE CLOSEST WE HAVE TO THAT IS d***INSON'S LIVE VERSIONS OF DI'ANNO ERA SONGS.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 5:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. spiral_architect writes:

ROLL THE BOULDER OUT OF THE PICTURE THOUGH.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 5:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. NOONE writes:

RAPEROS HIJOS DE PUTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

# Apr 2, 2014 @ 2:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Kitster writes:

That cover is no more cringeworthy than Dance of death or the Final Frontier. =D

# Apr 2, 2014 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. obscured_by_clouds writes:

not cool dude

# Apr 2, 2014 @ 6:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Al_ writes:

You really got me on this one :)

Would've been even more funny if they decided to re-record a few songs with Paul DiAnno sharing duties with Bruce.

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# Apr 3, 2014 @ 12:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. R10 writes:

Im in facebook metal group, and the other night some dude posted some of these April fools day stories as news. Had to inform him that none of these stories were true, it was something MU does every year. He was stoked for these new Maiden releases.

# Apr 3, 2014 @ 2:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Fingers writes:

UP THE IRONS!

# Apr 3, 2014 @ 8:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Zeezo writes:

Damn I was so excited but...
I really hate this site! why does it show up on the news feed??

The Janick Gers one didn't fool me, but this one caught me totally off guard!

# Apr 5, 2014 @ 5:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. CW85X writes:

i acctualy thought this was real then i saw the album cover and i was like WTF? still it was funny though

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