Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris has announced the release of
his debut solo/side project album. Entitled 'British Lion' and
comprising ten songs that Steve and his collaborators have been
working on for the past few years between Iron Maiden tours and
releases, it is an album that will surprise and delight music fans
the world over.
With a decidedly heavy rock-vibe this roaring debut
paints with a full palette of sounds; brooding, melancholic,
righteously indignant and exuberantly heavy. With Kevin Shirley at
the mixing helm - whose credits include Iron Maiden as well as Led
Zeppelin, Journey and Rush among many others - this is an album to
sink your teeth into.
From the growling riffage of opening salvo This Is My
God to the heavy forlorn balladry of
follow-up Lost Worlds which showcases Richard
Taylor's soaring vocals, it's clear that 'British Lion' is an
altogether different beast from Maiden.
Karma Killer, with its dirge-like muscularity,
and Us Against The World, with its massive chorus,
demonstrates just how far 'British Lion' has flexed Steve Harris'
considerable musical muscle. Dovetailed with guitarist David
Hawkins' positively gargantuan lyrical guitar melodies, it's a mere
hors d'oeuvre ahead of the epic, riffing-feast of The
Chosen Ones, with its swaggering bravado.
A World Without Heaven, at a breathtaking seven minutes
and infused with progressive elements without ever teetering into
self-indulgence illustrates perfectly these songsmiths' colossal
abilities to create a mood and stay there. Supercharged by Steve
Harris' inimitable style, there's an un-cynical vibe here that's as
refreshing as it is out of place in today's all-too-categorised
And as far as the name 'British Lion'; "I've always been proud
to be British," explains Steve, "I don't see any reason why I
shouldn't be. It's a massive part of being me. It's not like I'm
flag-waving or trying to preach, this is not a political statement
at all. It's like supporting your football team, where you come
from. I just think it lends itself to some really strong imagery
too, and to me it fits in with the sound."
With Iron Maiden, Steve Harris has become one of the most
recognised and successful ambassadors for British music on the
world stage. Having released 15 studio albums, sold over 85 million
records worldwide and played more than two thousand gigs in 58
countries in the band's thirty-five year career, his appeal is
And now with 'British Lion', Steve steps out from Iron Maiden's
illustrious shadow to present a different side of his musical
The tracklisting for 'British Lion' is as follows:
1.This Is My God
4.Us Against The World
5.The Chosen Ones
6.A World Without Heaven
8.Eyes Of The Young
9.These Are The Hands
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