Those of you who fiercely clutch copies of Iron Maiden’s first two albums when the British metal titans come up in conversation will be happy to know that original vocalist Paul Di’Anno is back! His new band is Paul Di’Anno’s Warhorse, and they have a snazzy debut hitting the shelves on July 19th via BraveWords Records.

“Paul Di’Anno’s Warhorse is my first studio project after many years of being away from the studio and not performing,” the former Maiden frontman states. “I remember when we announced that we were recording an album in Croatia with completely unknown musicians, many were shocked and no one knew in which direction we would go. Warhorse exudes pure energy and reflects everything I went through while recording the album.”

Guitarist Hrvoje Madiraca adds, “This record is a product of hard work combined with the voice of the man, the myth and the legend of our dear Wrathchild! Old school metal you want? That’s what you’ll get!”

Ante Pupacic, the axeman known as “Pupi” continues, “When it comes to music, I’ve done all sorts of things, but I’m particularly proud of this album. Two years of work, composing, arranging, recording, editing, deleting, and so on. We went through all kinds of emotions, from euphoria to agony. Each song was carefully polished to achieve its current form. On the album, everyone added their touch, both Hrvoje and I, in terms of lyrics, music, and production, all ennobled by the powerful vocals of our legend, Paul Di’Anno.”

The first idea of forming a band arose in December 2021, when Paul and guitarist Hrvoje Madiraca met in Zagreb, Croatia. The formation and naming of this project happened simultaneously with the writing and recording of new songs, which were started immediately after Paul and Hrvoje joined hands and thus formed the band. Warhorse independently released the DVD single ‘Stop the War’ in a limited edition of 666 copies and sold it out in just a few days. This was followed by the fantastic ‘Stop the War’ lyric video, which delighted fans around the world. The Warhorse project gathered fantastic guest musicians on some songs, and a video will be filmed for almost every song on the album. The core of the band itself is the three ‘horsemen’ Paul Di’Anno, Hrvoje Madiraca, and Ante Pupačić Pupi. Fans at Warhorse live shows can expect a live explosion, musical virtuosos and a top stage attraction. Warhorse is a parallel band to his classic ‘Paul Di’Anno’ line-up and unlike his standard set list, Warhorse concerts will abound with Warhorse songs, with the addition of Iron Maiden classics and special, unexpected covers chosen by Paul Di’Anno. Fans of his work in Maiden, Killers, Rockfellas, and Gogmagog won’t want to miss it!

Photo by Violeta Juras and MarKo Alvarado

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