Want Hi-Def Iron Maiden? Then You'll Have to Skip Spotify and Tidal

By Gerald Lynch on at

Spotify and Tidal, run to the hills! Onkyo, having already secured the rights to make heavy-metal headphones for the British kings of hard rock, Iron Maiden, has now also bagged an exclusive deal to offer the band's back catalogue in high definition.

OnkyoMusic, the home audio company's digital music storefront, will offer the all 15 Iron Maiden studio albums plus a pair of "Best Of" and live compilations in 24-Bit flac format.

"The records have been available digitally before, when this medium first became a platform for music distribution but that was mastered with CDs in mind," said Iron Maiden founding member Steve Harris.

"The high res mastering process involves a different approach and it’s great to finally deliver the music to our fans in as close to a pure and accurate sound as we could possibly achieve.

"I was never really happy with the sound on the first Maiden album but listening to it now, the guitars are louder, the drums more substantial and the overall tone is so very much improved in my opinion."

It's the first time the album's have been made available digitally in high-definition, with the brand new remasters based on the original analogue and digital sources. With everyone from Neil Young to Jay-Z clamouring to establish a go-to high-definition service, bagging an 85-million-album-selling band like Iron Maiden is quite the coup for Onkyo. One band a successful music platform does not make, but Iron Maiden's incredibly loyal fanbase will certainly be sending a few quid Onkyo's way upon hearing this. [OnkyoMusic]