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IRON MAIDEN Producer KEVIN SHIRLEY Says He Got “Death Threats” After Replacing MARTIN BIRCH

IRON MAIDEN have already dropped two singles from 'Senjutsu' – 'The Writing On The Wall' and new single 'Stratego' - both of which can be heard below.

With IRON MAIDEN preparing for the release of their 17th studio album, ‘Senjutsu’, on September 3, producer Kevin Shirley recently sat down with Metal Hammer U.K. to discuss his experiences working with the iconic band.

In a new exclusive interview about the upcoming IRON MAIDEN release, Shirley was asked if he’s nervous about the album’s release, to which he replies: “Well, I’ve learned that you have to be pretty thick-skinned when dealing with some Maiden fans.

“In the early days of me producing them, I got emails filled with vitriol and even death threats because I wasn’t [late producer] Martin Birch, so you have to let it run off you, like water off a duck’s back.

“But I love the album and I hope the fans like it, too – I can’t wait to see these tracks live one day.”

Shirley also spoke about what it’s like returning to the studio with IRON MAIDEN, saying: “We just pick up like the previous session was last week. Janick goes to the Irish pub, Adrian goes fishing, Nicko and Davey play golf, Bruce does something extreme – this time he was fencing with the French national team and then broke his Achilles tendon – and Steve and I just work away in the studio, with Denis [Caribaux] engineering. It’s a lot of Groundhog Day, but in a good way.”

IRON MAIDEN have already dropped two singles from ‘Senjutsu’ – ‘The Writing On The Wall’ and new single ‘Stratego’ – both of which can be heard below.