“Speed Of Light”, the new video from British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN, has been viewed nearly 3.5 million times on YouTube in its first four days of release. Written by guitarist Adrian Smith and vocalist Bruce Dickinson, the track is taken from the band’s new double album, “The Book Of Souls”, due on September 4, 2015 through BMG in the U.S.A. (Parlophone Records in the rest of world).
MAIDEN fans can download the “Speed Of Light” song when pre-ordering “The Book Of Souls” on iTunes. It can also be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music.
The “Speed Of Light” video was produced and directed by Llexi Leon with animation and visual effects by The Brewery Production Company. This is the first music video for Llexi Leon, who is said to be a huge IRON MAIDEN fan. Creator of the cult comic book series Eternal Descent — an IP that digitally animated a cast list of metal and hard rock luminaries — Leon has further expanded into the video gaming industry. He chose to collaborate with The Brewery whoss previous film credits include 2010’s punk-rock inspired “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” with Andy Serkis, 2012’s music festival-themed “Spike Island” with Emilia Clarke, and more recently were providing VFX for the Sky Atlantic biopic on Ian Fleming.
The video is a “homage” to four decades of video gaming juxta-posed alongside IRON MAIDEN‘s 40 years of incredible visual canon centering on their talisman Eddie as he travels through space and time to complete his Herculean task.