Professionally filmed video footage of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris‘s solo/side project BRITISH LION performing on August 5 at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below.
Harris told Mammoth Metal TV last year that the sophomore BRITISH LION disc would sound slightly different from the band’s 2012 self-titled debut. “The band has been evolving anyway, just live naturally,” he explained. “The second album will be a lot more like we are now. It’s just the vibe, the sounds, the guitar stuff, some of Graham‘s [Leslie] guitar sounds on a couple of songs were that sort of sound. I’d still like to keep that element in there because the band is evolving. It’s what we started with, so it’s important.”
He added: “[Of the new BRITISH LION songs] I think ‘Bible Black’ in particular, is pretty heavy, even though it has very melodic verses. I don’t think there’s too many bands out there at the moment playing this kind of stuff that is heavy and with this much melody in it. Maybe there is, but I don’t know about it. We’ve played on some festival-type bills and we’ve been very different as to who else is on the bill, which I think is quite interesting.”
BRITISH LION‘s debut album sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“British Lion” was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Mixed by Kevin Shirley — whose credits include IRON MAIDEN as well as LED ZEPPELIN, JOURNEY and RUSH, among many others — the CD featured Harris alongside singer Richard Taylor, guitarists Graham Leslie and David Hawkins and drummer Simon Dawson.