How serious are Iron Maiden about not having their new album, Senjutsu, leak? So serious that no member of the band even had a copy of the album, in fact, the whole thing was locked in a vault! Leaks seem pretty inevitable in today's environment, but Maiden went above and beyond to avoid anything getting out before they were ready.
Bruce Dickinson tells Metal Hammer:
“At the ending of the recording, everybody else had fucked off home, so it was basically me, Steve [Harris, bassist] and Kevin [Shirley, producer] in the studio. We played it back a couple of times, said, ‘Yeah, that’s alright then!’ And then that was the last time I heard it or nearly two years. All of us! Nobody in the band had a copy!
“Steve, in particular, was so paranoid that someone would leak it onto the internet, and probably with some justification, it was locked up in a vault.”
It's funny to look back at quotes from last year where Dickinson says the band has done "a little bit of writing" when they basically had the whole album done.