The iconic heavy metal band Iron maiden released the single today The Writing On The Wall, as a preview of his next album, accompanied by an animated video clip made by former executives of the animation studio Pixar.
The track was written by guitarist Adrian Smith and singer Bruce Dickinson, produced by Kevin Shirley and co-produced by bassist and Maiden founding member Steve Harris.
Dickinson initially had a concept for the video, which was finalized with the collaboration of Mark Andrews and Andrew Gordon, two Maiden fans who were part of the Pixar factory on titles such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Brave, monsters Inc Y Finding Nemo.
Bruce Dickinson, a scholar of history, is one of the authors of the brand new Iron Maiden theme, “Writing on the Wall.” Photo Juano Tesone
From a list of partners who wanted to get involved in the project they chose BlinkInk, a London animation studio famous for his work on a variety of international brands and major music videos.
In BlinkInk director Nicos Livesey, another longtime Maiden fan, they found a person who shared the song’s collective vision, which resulted in the final movie showing a first look at the amazing new incarnation of Eddie -the symbol doll of the English band- in 3D.
Like a mini movie
“Our weekly Zoom encounters were generally very creative and fun. I am very proud of the result of the video; actually it’s like a mini movie“Dickinson noted.
The singer also highlighted the role of the group’s followers in the production of the new work: “I knew it would work when Mark brought my concept to life with his incredible sketches: I thought we would do something very special together. I think it would. we did, and we hope the fans agree. Actually, a lot was created by Maiden fans“.
With the Bible as a source of inspiration
Dickinson began to play with the idea of the song when he appeared with T-shirts that read Belshazzar’s Feast, also known as The Feast of Baltasar. This is a story that can be found in the fifth chapter of the Book of Daniel, of The Bible.
In this passage, also called The writing on the wall (Writing on the wall), the prince of Babylon, Belshazzar, celebrates a feast surrounded by nobles, using the sacred vessels of gold and silver from the Temple of Jerusalem, looted by his predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar II.
However, this party would not last long, since a hand, God’s, appeared to make a writing on the wall. Not even the wisest men in that place, the advisers of Baltasar, could decipher what the text said.
Daniel, a prisoner of King Nebuchadnezzar known for his wisdom, was called into the presence of Belshazzar. Only he could decipher God’s message: Baltasar’s days were numbered, given his blasphemy, and his kingdom would be conquered by the Medes – ancient Iranians – and by the Persians. That same night, Belshazzar was assassinated and Darius the Mede became the new leader of Babylon.
The historical existence of Baltasar is confirmed in Cilindro de Nabonido, a historical piece that dates from between 556 and 539 BC. In this way the Belshazzar’s Feast and the possible title of the new Iron Maiden album, Writing on the wall, make sense as connected stories.