Bruce Dickinson shared his new single “Rain On The Graves” on digital platforms. The song is accompanied by an exciting video clip featuring the members of his band, formed by guitarist Roy Z, drummer Dave Moreno, bassist Tanya O'Callaghan and keyboardist Mistheria.
“Rain On The Graves” is the second single from Bruce Dickinson's upcoming solo album, The Mandrake Project, out March 1. According to a statement from his record label, the cut is inspired by a rainy visit to the grave of romantic poet William Wordsworth in the Lake District. Fans will be able to enjoy a song that is supported by a monumental guitar riff, spectacular keyboards and an imposing voice.
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The single is a reflection on the nature of mortality and the pact with the Devil that artists have felt compelled to make since Robert Johnson proved it was worth it in the 1930s. “I had the lyrics to the chorus ever since I visited Grasmere.” for a wedding back in 2012. It wasn't difficult years later to create the rest of the song with such a wealth of images in my head,” Bruce explained.
The video was recorded entirely in Cornwall (a county located in the southwestern part of England), under the direction of Ryan Mackfall. The Iron Maiden singer plays a preacher, making his own pact with the devil and dragging his musicians into a negotiation. The single, which follows “Afterglow Of Ragnarok”, shows the sonic nature that The Mandrake Project will have: a heavy sound and rich in musical textures.
Music and comic in “The Mandrake Project”
The Mandrake Project is not just an album. The comic of the same name is a dark, adult story of power, abuse and struggle for identity, against the backdrop of scientific and occult genius.
Created by Bruce Dickinson, this is a collectible series of graphic novels scripted by Tony Lee (Dr. Who), stunningly illustrated by Staz Johnson (2000AD) and featuring covers by industry heavyweight Bill Sienkiewicz for Z2 Comics. The novelty will be published in 12 quarterly issues that will be compiled into three annual graphic novels, the first of which will arrive at the end of 2024.
The cover of Bruce Dickinson's new song (Press/BMG).
The first individual episode went on sale on January 17 and the special collector's edition sold out within 48 hours. Bruce Dickinson and his band announced a major tour in support of The Mandrake Project.
Bruce Dickinson, the voice of Iron Maiden who had tongue cancer
Paul Bruce Dickinson was born on August 7, 1958 in Nottinghamshire. The British man is a singer, music producer, fencer, businessman, writer, university professor historian and aviation pilot.
He is considered by many singing experts, media and the general public as one of the best singers in the history of metal. In May 2015, Bruce Dickinson announced from Iron Maiden's official Facebook account that he had successfully overcome his tongue cancer.
The disease had been detected in a routine examination at the end of 2014 and in the midst of promotional interviews for the album The Book of Souls, the vocalist admitted the origin of his tumor: “Its cause was a virus, the human papillomavirus.” .
The Briton said that two tumors (one in the tongue, another in the lymph node) had been discovered at an early stage, so he was not in serious danger. “I could assure you that any time you hear that someone suffers from tonsil cancer, throat cancer, lung cancer or whatever, if they are not heavy smokers or drinkers, it is surely due to the HPV virus,” he said in an interview.
“Everyone jokes about what Michael Douglas said that he got cancer from having oral sex. But you have to get over that, because this is something serious. There are hundreds of thousands of people at risk of suffering from it,” said Bruce Dickinson.
During that first part of 2015, the musician underwent seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to combat a cancerous tumor on the back of his tongue. His medical team, from the beginning, told him that he expected a full recovery after detecting the tumor in an early stage of development. Finally, on May 15, his specialists informed him that the tumor had been controlled.