FEATURE: IRON MAIDEN EASTER EGGS - THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN THE 'WRITING ON THE WALL VIDEO'

I spy with my eager eye, something beginning with... We go (Ed) hunting for Easter eggs in the new Maiden video!


IRON MAIDEN today revealed their brand-new track, 'The Writing On The Wall', The song was written by Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith & lead singer Bruce Dickinson, produced by Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Maiden bassist and founder-member Steve Harris.


Bruce Dickinson initially had a concept for the video which came to fruition in collaboration with two Award-winning former Pixar executives and long-standing Maiden fans Mark Andrews & Andrew Gordon. The pair have over 50 years of animation industry experience between them at the very top-level including work on The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Brave, Monsters Inc & Finding Nemo. With partners lining up to get involved with the project they chose BlinkInk, a London based animation studio celebrated for their work with a variety of global brands from Adidas to Coca-Cola and a number of high-profile music videos.




In BlinkInk director Nicos Livesey, another long-time Maiden fan & kindred spirit, they found a man who shared the collective vision for the track – resulting in the final film which features the very first glimpse of a stunning new incarnation of Eddie in spectacular 3D form.


From sci-fi to bible stories, from rock influences to Maiden themselves - we check out some of the top Easter Eggs from the video! If you find any more we'd love to hear about them!

  1. The establishing sky shot could be a reference to Where Eagles Dare or The Flight of Icarus - the jury is out on that one.

  2. The guy walking through the desert wears a torn Powerslave World Slavery Tour T shirt.

  3. The robed figure that appears wears a ring with Eddie's head from the Piece of Mind album.

  4. At 0.48 as the Four Bikemen of the Apocalypse appear on bikes similar to the original Maiden England live artwork. The reaper is also a nod to the From Fear to Eternity and Dance of Death, Grim Reaper album covers and will appear again later - You can also see the Cart and Horses pub, where Iron Maiden formed and an Aces High shop front.

  5. 0.52 What's left of Ed Force One and the Book of Souls World Tour plane can be seen.

  6. 0.57 On the bridge to the left is the X from the Virtual X album. On the right, Tower Bridge begins to come into view - which was seen on the cover of the Brave New World Album. Icarus can be seen hanging from the bridge in a reference to The Flight of Icarus.

  7. 1:01 You can see a treasure trove of Maiden Easter Eggs: The Trooper Flag, Seventh Son of A Seventh Son poster on the floor to the left and a Can I Play With Madness? poster in the broken shop window; and the opposite is the fridge saying 'Life' as seen in the CIPWM video. The clock also reads Two