Blaze Bayley
The King Of Metal


3.0
good

Review

by Rastapunk USER (28 Reviews)
April 11th, 2012 | 13 replies | 4,264 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Expectations were way too high for this album. Good album nonetheless!

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

The ex-Iron Maiden singer has made quite a few records since he left Iron Maiden. Whether it is under the name Blaze or Blaze Bayley, he has always made a mix of Iron Maiden metal and his own. The King Of Metal is Bayley's first LP since he parted ways with the band that gave him the most success since he started his solo career. The Man Who Would Not Die (2008) and Promise And Terror (2010) had set the bar really high, maybe too much for this LP.

This album starts off really fast, with King Of Metal, a great intro into Bayley's metal world. His voice is still awesome and he hasn't changed the way he sings since his Wolfsbane's years. A lot of great riffs can be found here and there but nothing as fancy as the previous albums. As said in the intro the two guitarists from the previous band had really set the bar high, which makes it feel like there is something missing in this album. Solos aren't great, just the basic power metal “following the melody of the chorus” solos. Thank god Blaze is here to deliver awesome vocal come backs that usually end up on a great aggressive metal riff. The drum and the Bass are there, but they do not stand out like they did on the other LP.

Apart from the technicality of his new band, this album is very personal. Blaze talks about his personal problems, dealing with the metal music business and even a tribute to Dimebag. Songs like King of Metal, Judge Me are shout outs to those who continuously criticize him since he left Iron Maiden. The general atmosphere of this album is very dark, makes you feel like you've been pushed down and that you are ready to explode with anger, which is probably how Blaze felt after losing his wife and still being criticized by the metal industry. Blaze actually gives you hope on some of the songs like Difficult and One More Step:

“Just give me this song to say
I've found reason a way to want to live again
As arrogant as it sounds you know me and I have to say
If life changed for me then life might change for you
When you don't feel any closer to where you want to be
I know that it is difficult if you believe
this life is your life for you to live and make your own
It's time to let yourself believe this life is yours “ Difficult

“I tried to avoid falling down
A broken hearted man I fell down any way
That is when I learned it's not the falling down that counts
what counts is getting up again.
When you get up it might seem like a thousand steps to take
will impossible
Just focus on this single step forget about the rest of them
all that you do is
Just take one more step
I'm screaming in my head
Just take one more step” One More Step

On the whole, this is a good album. Not as good as the two previous ones but not bad at all. This is from one of the most underrated metal guy/band who plays in bars when he could be playing huge festivals and stadiums. Songs to check out are : King of metal, Judge Me, Difficult.

Blaze Bayley were for this album:
Blaze Bayley–vocals
Thomas Zwijsen–guitar
Andrea Neri–guitar
Lehmann (Matteo Grazzini)–bass
Claudio Tirincanti–drums



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Rastapunk
April 11th 2012



715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

As said in the sound off, I made the review

Tyrael
April 11th 2012



20722 Comments


Aw, I was expecting so much from this

thumbcrusher
April 11th 2012



3569 Comments


i'm pretty unfamiliar with blaze's solo stuff, i assume it's usually regarded higher than his works with maiden though?

Rastapunk
April 11th 2012



715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It's so much better than his work with maiden. Check out the two previous LPs too, they're awesome!

Tyrael
April 11th 2012



20722 Comments


thumb you should definitely check out The Man Who Would Not Die, it's amazing

Rastapunk
April 11th 2012



715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

And you should give this one a try, it's not that bad, just not that good :D

thumbcrusher
April 11th 2012



3569 Comments


cool, i make sure to check those things some time

scissorlocked
April 11th 2012



3508 Comments


he really is

Digging: John Roberts - Ausio

YouGotLucky
April 11th 2012



946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol this album is so fucking bad

The7thVermicide
April 12th 2012



925 Comments


Blaze Bayley -The king of metal

hahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha

h0neybucket
April 12th 2012



18 Comments


lol my aunty briefly dated him

Ikarus14
April 12th 2012



532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Really enjoyed his last two albums. Must check this out.

Rastapunk
April 15th 2012



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Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Clearly you didn't understand the meaning of the title/song The King Of Metal The7thVermicide...



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