Eddie Comes to Life in Iron Maiden's The Final Frontier video
30 years, 80 million album sales, close to 2000 live performances, countless satisfied customers and now 15 studio albums of unerring quality and power: Iron Maiden have more than earned their proudly-held status as undisputed heavy metal champions of the world.
The band's 15th studio record The Final Frontier is due out on August 17, 2010.
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The directors cut for the video of the "The Final Frontier" off of Maiden's 15th Studio album 'The Final Frontier' can be viewed on IronMaiden.com and on the bands Vevo channel.
Watch The Final Frontier teaser video:
The video was produced by the award-winning production company Darkside Animation Films. Darkside's creative team includes animators who've created effects for feature films including Lost in Space, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down.
The script was written by the director of BBC Radio's Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, and the live action was co-ordinated and directed by Nick Scott Studios. As well as working round the clock to turn out over three months of animation in eight weeks flat, the Darkside team developed entirely new technology to bring to life as never before Iron Maiden's mascot, EDDIE, in his new alien incarnation.
A total of 141 shots combined live action with integrated CGI as well as full 3D animation, resulting in a complete running time of five minutes - that's over seven thousand frames taking up to a half hour to render each frame!
Intriguingly, some of the integral footage was shot at Rendlesham Forest in southern England, which is associated with "The Rendlesham Forest Incident" - a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights and alleged landing of a craft of unknown origin.
'The Final Frontier' album, which features 10 tracks listed below, including "El Dorado" (which was released as a free download to great worldwide excitement in June), runs over 76 minutes.
Confirmed for release in North America on August 17th, the album will be released in a unique Limited Edition, Collector's 'Mission Edition' CD case and will include access to extra bonus content, including the Director's Cut of this new video, "Mission Debrief" band-interview filmed footage, wallpapers, photos and the exclusive game "Mission II: Rescue & Revenge."
Iron Maiden also, for the first time, are making the album available as an iTunes LP with bonus content as well as the traditional digital format. There will also be a Limited Edition Double Picture Disc on vinyl.
The full track listing for the album (total running time 76:35):
THE FINAL FRONTIER
1. Satellite 15.....The Final Frontier 8:40
2. El Dorado 6:49
3. Mother Of Mercy 5:20
4. Coming Home 5:52
5. The Alchemist 4:29
6. Isle Of Avalon 9:06
7. Starblind 7:48
8. The Talisman 9:03
9. The Man Who Would Be King 8:28
10. When The Wild Wind Blows 10:59
The band is currently touring North America playing to sold-out arenas and amphitheatres and receiving tremendous reaction from fans and media alike.
After these 25 shows, "The Final Frontier World Tour" then travels back across the Atlantic for a series of headline festival and stadium appearances around Europe.
The remaining tour dates are as follows:
(Dates and information subject to change.)
Fri. 30 Ireland Dublin, The O2
Sun. 1 U.K. Knebworth Sonisphere Festival
Thu. 5 Germany Wacken Festival
Sat. 7 Sweden Stockholm Stora Skuggan Sonisphere Festival
Sun. 8 Finland Pori’s Kirjurinluoto Sonisphere Festival
Wed. 11 Norway Bergen Bergenhus Festning – Koengen
Sat. 14 Hungary Sziget Festival
Sun. 15 Transylvania Cluj Napoca – Polus Center Mall
Tue. 17 Italy Villa Manin, Udine
Thu. 19 Belgium Pukkelpop Festival
Sat. 21 Spain Valencia Auditorio Marina Sur Ends.
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