Though yesterday Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson made the headlines for his comments on Brexit all through an look on Sky News, Edwin McFee was a great deal far more intrigued in what it stated on his t shirt. HP’s resident Maiden maniac (and budding Jessica Fletcher!) describes even further as he attempts to unravel the ongoing thriller at the rear of Belshazzar’s Feast…
This time 24 hrs back, I feel it is honest to say that help save for these of you who compensated attention all through faith lessons at faculty, most individuals experienced under no circumstances heard of “Belshazzar’s Feast.” Even so, immediately after recognizing Iron Maiden frontman and notorious titillator Bruce Dickinson was putting on a t-shirt emblazoned with people words I made a decision to strap my shiniest tin foil hat on to my cranium and do a bit of digging to locate out what it all meant.
Now initially off, Belshazzar’s Feast is also recognised as the story of the composing on the wall, which appears in the Ebook Of Daniel in the Aged Testomony (remember that title for afterwards). Why is this pertinent, you inquire? Effectively in the new artwork unveiled a few months ago for Iron Maiden’s Legacy Of The Beast Tour 2022, eagle eyed readers will location the legend “W.O.T.W.” guiding their famous mascot Eddie and it is Practically Published ON A WALL.
Quick ahead to June 28 (ie yesterday…maintain up!) and Bruce Dickinson is sporting the aforementioned (and shortly to be legendary) Belshazzar’s Feast t-shirt on the telly. When requested what Iron Maiden had been up to, the scamp replied he could not say as it was a secret but it will be unveiled soon and then remarked “I can not inform you what it is, but it is correct in front of you.” What was appropriate in front of us? The phrases Belshazzar’s Feast peeping out below his denim shirt. Cue your humble scribe’s jaw hitting the floor, adopted by a night time put in trawling the interwebs to uncover out far more though chugging some Trooper beers.
I know folks are speaking about Bruce Dickinson currently for a further motive, but I seen his shirt (could possibly) say “Belshazzars Feast” AKA the tale of The Creating On The Wall. “WOTW” has shown up in the background of @IronMaiden tour artwork recently…do I earn a prize @metalhammer? — Edwin McFee (@edwinmcfee) June 28, 2021
A few hours afterwards, the treasure hunt picked up rate when pictures of posters for “Belshazzar’s Feast” started showing on Twitter, which ended up strategically positioned at the current Obtain Competition, which occurs at Donington (Maiden’s spiritual property, for the unenlightened).
New @IronMaiden songs coming July 15.. or have I absolutely dropped the operate of myself? Veerrrrrrry intrigued both way. pic.twitter.com/9COAs2AL77 — Edwin McFee (@edwinmcfee) June 28, 2021
Soon after a full evaluation of the poster, I noticed a couple issues.
Exhibit A: IMXVI is created in the base suitable corner. The moment translated from Roman Numerals it could imply Iron Maiden 17 (the stick to up to 2015’s The E-book Of Souls would be album quantity 17 from the steel titans).
Show B: There are three titles- “Live For good,” “Man Or Beast” and “Heaven Or Hell.” Could these be song titles, or lyrics to new materials?
Exhibit C: The poster involves a date-15/07. Will Maiden’s substantially starved admirers last but not least be able to sink their enamel into this so-referred to as Feast in a few months?
At that instant, I was not 100% positive if the poster was linked to the Irons, but then I observed a few images of the band’s manager Rod Smallwood with said poster teasingly peeking out driving him and the relaxation of the Hefty Metal Truants team. That my pals, was when I went totally down the rabbit gap and grew to become a believer (for additional on HMT’s heroic exploits increasing funds for charity stop by heavymetaltruants.com).
But wait, there is far more. Not only was Bruce Dickinson noticed in a Belshazzar’s Feast t-shirt, but people punk guitar slinger Frank Turner wore just one much too backstage at Download. Granted, the argument could be created that Belshazzar’s Feast may possibly be an obscure grindcore band, of program, but when you get into account that the previous Million Useless frontman is a well recognized Maiden fanatic and chose the band as his expert matter on Mastermind, I feel we can lower price that (and if Phantom Administration, Eddie The ‘ead or Warners Eire are reading this, I’d adore one of these tees way too, make sure you. Sizing Significant).
Also, test out this backstage job interview with Frank. Exhibit D, if you will…
9 minutes into the chat, Neil Jones questioned him about his views on the rumoured new Iron Maiden album and following a valiant try at hiding a recognizing grin, he casually unzips his hoodie though chatting to subtly expose (yes, you’ve guessed it) a Belshazzar’s Feast t shirt (insert remarkable Hammer Horror tunes below).
And lastly, just to re-ensure our viewers suspicions that I’ve in all probability absent whole-on conspiracy theorist like the head the balls on Facebook, the secret of Belshazzar’s Feast officially started off on June 28 and will end 17 times later on on July 15. Is that a cheeky reference to an impending 17th LP from the best metallic band on the earth? You come to a decision…but my excitement levels are at 666%!
While Very hot Press does not know for certain if Maiden will be saying additional audio shortly, what we do know is that they’re playing the Belsonic festival in Belfast on June 13, 2022 and it is confirmed to be the gig of the year.
And if you are hungry for a lot more on Belshazzar’s Feast, e mail [email protected] and while you’re at it, probably give @bels_feast a abide by on Twitter way too. The person also identified as “Daniel” (full marks if you don’t forget why that is suitable!) appears to be to be a single action forward of the rest of us sleuths….I’m sure the fact that he only follows 16 accounts all with a vague reference to 16 of Maiden’s albums (so much!) like The X Component and the Killers is just a coincidence….! *Pulls tin hat on a tiny tighter*