Published on July 19th, 2012 | by Daniel0
Steve Harris from Iron Maiden has Announced Details of his Solo Album which is Titled ‘British Lion’
The details surrounding the album ‘British Lion’ have been released. It is the latest album from Steve Harris of Iron Maiden with one critical difference…it is his first solo effort. The bassist hopes to release it on the 24th of September this year. 10 tracks are expected on the first solo effort by the songwriter. Kevin Shirley was responsible for mixing it and it also features contributions from the guitarist David Hawkins and Richard Taylor. When asked about the album title, Harris said that he is always proud of his British heritage and sees no reason to be shy about it.
- Artistic patriotism: Although Steve Harris says that he is no flag-waving preacher, he still feels that it is good to celebrate his nationality. In any case he says that the album is not a political statement but rather an expression of who he is. The songwriter-guitarist compares it to supporting a football team. He has used strong imagery in order to bring out the meaning of the sound.
Meanwhile Iron Maiden continues their North American Tour. They played at the DTE Music Theatre in Detroit on the 18th of July. It is not yet clear whether the solo projects by Harris are going to have an effect on the group dynamic of the band. The track listing for ‘British Lion’ is as follows:
(‘This Is My God’, ‘Lost Worlds’, ‘Karma Killer’, ‘Us Against The World’, ‘The Chosen Ones’, ‘A World Without Heaven’ and ‘Judas’. Others are ‘Eyes of the Young’, ‘These Are the Hands’, and ‘The Lesson’)
Richard Taylor is on vocals while David Hawkins takes on the guitar. They have not named the drummer at the moment. Steve Harris wrote the songs in between his commitments to his band. The sound that he has used has been described as being a mixture of progressive features and rock. The production team is ably headed by Kevin Shirley (this is the man who helped Iron Maiden when they were doing their post reunion albums).
Looking forward to a feast of new music
The motley crew of collaborators hopes to delight and surprise fans in equal measure. The heavy rock vibe is something unexpected but there are plenty of tender moments. A full palette of sounds allows the artists to veer from melancholy to indignation and desperation. You can tell that the mixing was done by someone who once worked with Led Zeppelin, Rush and Journey.