Week by week, we get closer to the release date of Emerald Eyes, the new album from German speed/thrash legends IRON ANGEL. Now is time to know the third single from the record, “Bridges Are Burning”.
“”Bridges Are Burning" is a special song, in many different ways”, drummer and composer Maximilian Behr declares. “For example, when I wrote it, I had no intention of bringing it into IRON ANGEL, it was just for myself, but at some point I decided to at least let the other guys listen and get their opinion on it and right from the start everyone liked it. However, since we’ve already determined the overall direction of the album, we felt like the song would be a little out of place amongst the others, so we decided to keep it as a bonus track. When we were done recording the album and listened to the first mixes, we reconsidered that decision and put it on the regular release. One day after that, our manager and booker Daniel da Silvalistened to the album for the first time and he was freaking out over that song and immediately suggested it to be a single. Soon after our record label Mighty Music also suggested it, so we ultimately went for it. Quite a journey for that song! The lyrics are very personal, since they are about someone close to me, that sadly pursues the lonely descending road of hate in order to find strength and protection, while closing the doors to what is truly desired by this person - love and affection”, the musical concludes.
The "Bridges Are Burning" video can be seen below.
The follow-up to their 2018 comeback album Hellbound, which gathered massive reviews sees the band maturing and refining their sound without compromising intensity and aggression, quite the contrary. The new release brings back a lot of the thrashiness, that has been somewhat absent from anything the band has done since their 1985 debut Hellish Crossfire. On the other hand, the songwriting, the performances, and the overall package, everything has reached a new level in quality and with it’s clear (though not sterile) production, the band sounds fresh, hungry, and energetic.
Upon their return to activities in 2015, IRON ANGEL had toured like hell, having played in North America, South America, and across Europe. Festivals such as Play It Loud, Nordic Noise, Metalbash, Headbangers Open Air, Metal Forces, Metallysee, and Up the Hammers have tasted the band's live roar. And many more will taste it as well when IRON ANGELresume their live activities in the beginning of 2021, with Bavarian Battle Open Air (DE) and Mangualde Hardmetalfest (PT) already confirmed. Emerald Eyes will be released in digital, CD, and vinyl formats by Mighty Music on October 2nd, 2020.