Golden Gods 2016: the winners in full - part 2
The full run-down of the winners in each category at the Golden Gods Awards 2016. Here, we have the winners for best album, best global metal band, best video and more
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Iron Maiden: Book Of Souls
Iron Maiden unveiled their 16th masterwork and Bruce Dickinson beat cancer. Up the Mayans!
The unveiling of an Iron Maiden album is a momentous occasion in itself, but the fact Bruce Dickinson successfully battled throat cancer before its release makes their victory all the sweeter. Sixteenth album The Book Of Souls was already in the bag when Bruce received the news at the end of 2014, and the band put their campaign on hold while he recovered.
Happily, after chemotherapy and radiology, plus a good chunk of rest, the frontman was given the all-clear and the Maiden machine clicked back into action. Spanning 11 tracks across two discs, and clocking in at 92 minutes, their Mayan- inspired masterpiece is their most ambitious album yet. First single Speed Of Light, with its retro-game-inspired video, became an instant classic, while epic, 18-minute closer Empire Of The Clouds, penned by Bruce himself, told the tale of the ill-fated R101 airship. The band took the album on tour in the biggest-ever Ed Force One, and Metal Hammer went along to see their new show in Mexico, complete with a giant smoking cauldron, flaming pillars, ancient rock and a brand new Eddie. They’ve continued to tour across South America, USA, Brazil, Japan, China, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Europe, including a triumphant headlining slot at a rain-soaked Download, bringing their new music to an ever-passionate global fanbase.
“It’s an unbelievable honour to have Book Of Souls voted as album of the year,” Bruce tells us. “Thank you so much, everybody. Death or glory!”