Bruce Dickinson has unveiled the dramatic, action-packed video for ‘The Afterglow Of Ragnarok’, the primary single to be taken from his upcoming solo album The Mandrake Mission.
Final Friday, in entrance of a packed viewers on the opening day of CCXP23, Brazil’s large Comedian-Con occasion in Sao Paulo, he premiered the spectacular movie and revealed additional particulars in regards to the album and forthcoming comedian collection in partnership with Z2, together with releasing 2,000 CCXP-exclusive variations of the comedian to the delight of the worldwide comedian group.
The Mandrake Mission will likely be launched on March 1, by way of BMG. Throughout ten ingenious, expansive and absorbing tracks, Bruce Dickinson and his long-term co-writer and producer Roy Z, have created one in every of 2024’s defining rock albums. Sonically heavy and wealthy in musical textures, it sees Bruce carry to life a musical imaginative and prescient long-in-the-making, and options a number of the most interesting vocal performances of his profession.
Recorded largely at LA’s Doom Room with Roy Z doubling up as each guitarist and bassist, the line-up for The Mandrake Mission was rounded out by keyboard maestro Mistheria and drummer Dave Moreno, each of whom additionally featured on Bruce’s final solo studio album, Tyranny Of Souls, in 2005.
The Mandrake Mission – tracklisting
Afterglow Of Ragnarok (05.45)
Many Doorways To Hell (04.48)
Rain On The Graves (05.05)
Resurrection Males (06.24)
Fingers In The Wounds (03.39)
Eternity Has Failed (06.59)
Mistress Of Mercy (05.08)
Face In The Mirror (04.08)
Shadow Of The Gods (07.02)
Sonata (Immortal Beloved) (09.51)
Followers of each Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden will discover that the album options the curiously-named ‘Eternity Has Failed’, which first appeared in a distinct kind entitled ‘If Eternity Ought to Fail’ on Iron Maiden’s 2015’s album The Ebook of Souls, illustrating how lengthy the inventive course of for The Mandrake Mission has been within the works.
Bruce has beforehand described lead single, ‘Afterglow Of Ragnarok’ as, “a heavy music and there’s a fantastic huge riff driving it…however there’s additionally an actual melody within the refrain that shows the sunshine and shade that the remainder of the album brings.” And the observe is introduced vividly to life within the cinematic video which premiered in Brazil.
Directed by award-winning director Ryan Mackfall, written by Bruce Dickinson and acclaimed British author Tony Lee (whose prolonged credit embrace 2000AD, DC and Marvel starting from Dr Who & Star Trek to Spider Man & X-Males), the movie unveils Dr Necropolis, the principle protagonist on the coronary heart of The Mandrake Mission. It additionally units the scene for the story to come back, reflecting the darkish narrative contained within the 8-page comedian e-book prequel which options within the 7” gatefold vinyl launch of the only.
Ryan Mackfall feedback, “A few years earlier than I used to be a director, I’ve fond recollections of varied music movies that spoke to me and a kind of was ‘Can I Play With Insanity’ by Iron Maiden. For me it outlined what a music video is. Little did I do know, a few years later I’d be on a name with one of many stars of that video, Mr Bruce Dickinson, discussing concepts for a music video. Bruce has felt like a kindred spirit from that second and it was due to this fact solely proper that we tried to carry the story of ‘Afterglow Of Ragnarok’ to life in a dwell motion kind. Naturally the music is a giant a part of the engine of the music video and this observe was a heavy hitter from the primary play. However past that I firmly consider it’s additionally the fervour of the artist that defines the outcomes – Bruce’s ardour is unmatched. I actually hope the followers discover themselves taking Necropolis’ journey with the mandrake juice time and time once more. That is simply the beginning of one thing very particular!”
The Mandrake Mission is not only an album, however a darkish, grownup story of energy, abuse and a wrestle for identification, set in opposition to the backdrop of scientific and occult genius. Created by Bruce Dickinson, the comedian collection is scripted by Tony Lee and stunningly illustrated by Staz Johnson for Z2 Comics, launched as 12 quarterly points that will likely be collected into three annual graphic novels. The first episode will likely be launched in comedian outlets on January seventeenth, 2024.
Bruce Dickinson’s touring band options guitarist Roy Z, drummer Dave Moreno, bass-player Tanya O’Callaghan and keyboard maestro Mistheria.
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The Mandrake Mission will likely be Dickinson’s seventh solo album. Will probably be launched by way of BMG worldwide on a number of codecs.