Dickinson's Afterglow Of Ragnarok

2023-12-01 by Fernando Alves STAFF | 15 Comments
Bruce Dickinson has unveiled the first single, 'Afterglow Of Ragnarok', off his upcoming seventh solo album The Mandrake Project, which is set to be released in early 2024 by BMG. The music video, directed by Ryan Mackfall, can be seen below.



Dickinson comments: "It was important to set the tone of the project with this track. As befitting its title, it’s a heavy song and there’s a great big riff driving it…but there’s also a real melody in the chorus that displays the light and shade that the rest of the album brings."

The Mandrake Project is a dark, adult story of power, abuse and a struggle for identity, set against the backdrop of scientific and occult genius. Created by Dickinson, scripted by Tony Lee and stunningly illustrated by Staz Johnson for Z2 Comics, the series features 12 episodes that collect into three graphic novels and will be launched in 2024.

An eight-page comic prequel to The Mandrake Project, titled Afterglow Of Ragnarok, is included within the vinyl seven-inch single booklet which accompanies the single of the same name and sets the scene for the story to come. The seven-inch single also features Dickinson‘s original solo demo version of the song 'If Eternity Should Fail', which first appeared on Iron Maiden's album The Book Of Souls, in 2015.

Tracklist
1. Afterglow Of Ragnarok (05:45)
2. Many Doors To Hell (04:48)
3. Rain On The Graves (05:05)
4. Resurrection Men (06:24)
5. Fingers In The Wounds (03:39)
6. Eternity Has Failed (06:59)
7. Mistress Of Mercy (05:08)
8. Face In The Mirror (04:08)
9. Shadow Of The Gods (07:02)
10. Sonata (Immortal Beloved) (09:51)

Pre-order at:
https://brucedickinson.lnk.to/themandrakeprojectID

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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2023
18936 Comments


The song has strong highlights and a nice guitar tone, which at times reminds me of Criss Oliva.

maidenpmcc
December 1st 2023
1461 Comments


Amazing song 😀

Darkwatch025
December 1st 2023
417 Comments


Great song!

Panzerchrist
December 1st 2023
729 Comments


I dug it. Think his aging singing voice complements the heavier tones significantly more than his work with Maiden.

Titan
December 1st 2023
24916 Comments


lol this is terrible

Pikazilla
December 2nd 2023
28994 Comments


yeah this is very bad

vermillionZ
December 3rd 2023
397 Comments


Love it

UniverseCalling
December 3rd 2023
96 Comments


Not to sound like JK Simmons from Whiplash, but… He seems to consistently be just a little off tempo? I think he’s rushing in a lot of spots, it’s weird.

I’d like it a lot better if he was just on beat.

Titan
December 3rd 2023
24916 Comments


He has got to be kidding us with some of those song titles, particularly 6, 7, and 8

AtomicWaste
Moderator
December 4th 2023
2885 Comments


Fits right in with the latter half of the Bruce catalog, which is exactly what I like. Although this tends more toward the power metal tendencies on Accident where I'd prefer some more of the darker Chemical Wedding edge. But it'll be great nonetheless.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2023
31824 Comments


I could never get into his solo material, and this seems to be no exception. I wish I could unsee the video too.

Donchivo
December 6th 2023
1919 Comments


I will not even bother with the video, but the song is decent after a couple of listens. The by far best Dickinson solo work (the chemical wedding) was quite inaccessible in the sense that it really needed time to click, without seeming to be inaccessible and needing time to grow. It is more subtle than it seemed upon first listen. As Roy Z is also on board here, I am hoping for the same effect with this one.

Donchivo
December 6th 2023
1919 Comments


Double post

Donchivo
December 6th 2023
1919 Comments


triple :O

UniverseCalling
December 11th 2023
96 Comments


Somebody please acknowledge the timing issues so I don’t wonder if I’m just crazy.



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