Blaze Bayley
The King Of Metal


1.5
very poor

Review

by TheRamblingElf USER (16 Reviews)
September 10th, 2012 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oh how the mighty has fallen. A few outstanding tracks but most of this release is a trainwreck. Blaze's career lowpoint to date.

Though it is the third album released under the “Blaze Bayley” name, this is actually the début solo release by the Wolfsbane and ex-Iron Maiden vocalist. Blaze’s most recent band, dubbed the Blaze Bayley Band by Blaze himself, was always officially credited under the Blaze Bayley name until their break-up in 2011. Now Blaze is operating as a solo artist, but this is not immediately obvious – The King of Metal uses not only the same name as before (Blaze Bayley), but also the band logo that had been used consistently since 2007. The sound is not drastically different from the two offerings with his previous band, either – listeners may be deceived.

The album opens with the title track and release single, which is an absolute disaster. Whatever Blaze was trying to say here, the barely coherent wreck of a track just comes off as nasty in spirit and badly written. Too short to really establish itself properly, the production is beefy and Blaze is in full voice but neither can correct the poor writing or taste as the song contains an un-necessary jab at Amy Winehouse, who died during the album's writing/recording process, implying that her commercial success was the result of the media attention her lifestyle received. It is not surprising that Blaze is bitter - the man has suffered much tragedy in his life and faced many career struggles - but that makes it no more acceptable, really. All this is soundtracked by a chaotic mess of riffs.

Thankfully the album never again sinks to this level of awfulness, though that is not to say it is a great effort either. The album feels contrived, with Blaze selecting lyrical topics that seem custom chosen to tug at the heartstrings of metal fans. Blaze has presented himself as rock ‘n’ roll’s ultimate victim for years now, and he does so again here on “The King of Metal” and “Judge Me”. The topic is getting tiresome at this point. Blaze is generous enough to share the spotlight with other fallen heroes though, with tributes to Dimebag Daryl and Ronnie James Dio – “Dimebag” and “The Rainbow Fades to Black” respectively.

Dimebag fans might not appreciate Blaze’s claim that Dime “will always be alive / here in me”, though – even in a tribute song Blaze somehow manages to appear self-obsessed. “Rainbow Fades to Black” never really seems to connect with the subject matter at all – it just sounds like any another metal song. Fortunately, the relentless rhythm section and melodic solos keep the album on life support – maintaining a high standard of performance throughout, with top notch production (recorded in Iron Maiden leader Steve Harris’ personal studio). Sandwiched between the two is the proud “The Black Country” – it feels totally out of place with two songs about grief on either side of it, and is just another cliché – Blaze’s “Hello, Cleveland!” moment.

“Fate” finds Blaze on strong form at last, staying simple and making no wrong moves, with the instrumental sounding like an out-take from Judas Priest’s Painkiller album. The more experimental material works well too, such as “One More Step”, an elegant piano ballad which sees Blaze and the piano unaccompanied by any kind of traditional rock instrumentation. This stops it sounding too similar to “Fighter”, which starts as a conventional rock power ballad, gradually building into a grand, progressive epic. It is strangely reminiscent of Iron Maiden’s post-Blaze output, actually. The song’s focus on instrumentation makes a nice counterpoint to the vocal-centric “One More Step”, though the spoken word piece at the end is one of the finest moments on the album.

Sadly, the album closes with a wimper, with “Judge Me” leading into bland filler tracks “Difficult” and “Beginning”. “Beginning” in particular is utterly directionless. Only “One More Step” and “Fighter” are worthy of comparison to Blaze’s best efforts, while the rest varies from reasonable to downright irritating. Some of Blaze’s former band members suggested Blaze went solo for commercial purposes only, rather than greater artistic satisfaction, and the utter lack of craft on show here gives credibility to that claim. A real shame.



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



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Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2012


7504 Comments


K wait so did you at any point actually explain why this was bad? Haha.

Aids
September 10th 2012


24456 Comments


cool artist name. i bet he has a barbed wire tattoo around one, or possibly both, of his biceps.

ViperAces
September 10th 2012


12588 Comments


Blaze gots a solo band? Got to check out sometime.

GiaNXGX
September 10th 2012


4865 Comments


Don't check, this is not very ood.. Nothing interesting here unless you are a very diehard Maiden fan
that needs to own anything and everything the band or it's band members releases. Title is pretentious
as fuck btw.

TheRamblingElf
September 12th 2012


38 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Irving.



I mentioned the poor choices of subject matter and poor lyrics, the forced feeling of the album, the filler and the weak riffing. I also mentioned the fact that some of the songs felt out of place in their sequencing.



Does that not count as explaining what was wrong with this album?

Rastapunk
September 23rd 2012


1320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

If you'd give this a try you'll understand that the title means that the King of metal is the fans listening to the music. but again, you have to listen to the song...

Rastapunk
September 23rd 2012


1320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

If you'd give this a try you'll understand that the title means that the King of metal is the fans listening to the music. but again, you have to listen to the song...

TheRamblingElf
October 13th 2012


38 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Blaze only said that was what the song was about after he received a ton of backlash and wanted to attempt to improve people's perception of it.



Its just a confusing song that makes no damn sense.

Rastapunk
October 13th 2012


1320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Easy to understand to me:



Sociopathic thieves no sentiment or conscience

It isn't personal it's business with a vengeance

Describing my life as inferior a tax loss

And they are stealing everything you try to give me



But

You are the King

Of Metal



And yes it does make sense, even I understand it and english isn't my mothertongue...





kwill15
October 13th 2012


134 Comments


I have yet to check out Blaze's stuff, but from what I've heard, this looks like something I'd give a 2 to. His other stuff looks awesome though

KILL
October 13th 2012


81231 Comments


he sucks

Tyrael
October 13th 2012


21113 Comments


KILL have you even heard The Man Who Would Not Die


fuck

KILL
October 13th 2012


81231 Comments


no its probably terrible

Tyrael
October 13th 2012


21113 Comments


its not wow you are close minded you used to be one of my heroes god damn

KILL
October 13th 2012


81231 Comments


if i'm one of your heroes you got probs bro

and blaze sucks at everything in life he should die

kwill15
October 13th 2012


134 Comments


Well ok then...

I'm still checking out his career. So the Man Who Would Not Die is his best?

KILL
October 13th 2012


81231 Comments


no listen to rush instead

Tyrael
October 13th 2012


21113 Comments


'So the Man Who Would Not Die is his best?'

definitely

but yea pre-84 Rush is better

KILL
October 13th 2012


81231 Comments


nah even test for echoz iz beta

Rastapunk
October 13th 2012


1320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Lol give this guy a try Kill, at least the Man Who Would Not Die



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