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Blaze Bayley: Promise and Terror

As 2009 leads into 2010 the Blaze Bayley band have thrown down the gauntlet with the powerful declaration of intent that is Promise and Terror, the bands sophomore release and follow-up to the much acclaimed The Man Who Would Not Die. Whilst the aforementioned Man... served its purpose in re-launching the remodelled band with their new moniker and line-up this latest album consolidates their position as one of the leading exponents of modern Metal that is dark, aggressive and thoughtful with the lyrics this time around being less Blade Runner inspired and of a more personal, introspective nature.

"Watching the Night Sky" is the sort of no-nonsense opener that Blaze's former employers in Iron Maiden are well known for; a galloping tempo, muscular riffing and memorable hooks. "Madness and Sorrow" follows in a similar vein to ensure a one-two punch of overt heaviness is unleashed to kick-start the album into life. From here on Promise and Terror evolves into something even more complex and diverse with well-structured pieces such as the brooding "City of Bones" that opens with military-style rhythms and evolves into one of the albums genuine highlights. The thunderous "Letting Go of the World" is a monstrous cacophony that finds Blaze delivering the command "Fight, Kill, Fuck, Eat" over the top of some of unrelenting, frenzied riffs and the melancholic mood is maintained into the closing track, the heartfelt "Comfortable in Darkness" which finds the vocalist at his most morose and ends matters on a decidedly downbeat note.

Upon the release of the album in early February Blaze Bayley will be commencing a tour that will take them to all corners of the globe over the next two years; Promise and Terror is a Metallic tour de force that will take your breath away.

Track Listing
1. Watching The Night Sky
2. Madness And Sorrow
3. 1633
4. God Of Speed
5. City Of Bones
6. Faceless
7. Time To Dare
8. Surrounded By Sadness
9. The Trace Of Things That Have No Words
10. Letting Go Of The World
11. Comfortable In Darkness

Added: January 27th 2010
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Blaze Bayley: Promise and Terror
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-10-17 10:47:09
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It's been a long and winding road that has brought Blaze Bayley to this stage in his career, there have been many ups and a few downs, however since the formation of the band Blaze Bayley, the man and his merry troupe have gone from strength to strength. The Man Who Would Not Die was an uncompromising statement of intent, which was ably reinforced by the excellent live CD and DVD The Night That Will Not Die, and now comes Promise And Terror, which not only picks up the momentum already built up by the band but manages to once more raise the standard.

There are no real surprises by what is contained within Promise And Terror, as Blaze Bayley once more prove themselves to be masters of full throttle, no prisoners taken, good old fashioned heavy metal. All bar one song is built on the foundation of pummelling riffs, hard as nails rhythms and with Blaze himself continuing to sing better with every release the combination really is stunningly effective. "Watching The Night Sky" is a mighty opening thwack with soaring guitars and pummelling drum rolls and immediately it's clear that this band mean business. Blaze sounds more comfortable these days as he really seems to have found the range in his voice that provides the maximum drama and impact and combine that to a set of lyrics that are more personal than some of his previous work and I don't think he has ever sounding more convincing than he does right now.

With that the tone for album is set with track after track of bare knuckled blows from the likes of the brash "Madness And Sorrow", or the purposeful "The Trace Of Things That Have No Words" which has the best vocal on the disc. Whilst almost all of the music on show is bold and unapologetic, there is a fair bit of diversity with the likes of the acoustic led "Surrounded By Sadness" and the slow build of "Comfortable In Darkness" bringing some light and shade to proceedings. Having said that it is the go for the throat rockers that really stand out and when the band really let fly the results, like "Faceless" are brutally compelling.

Promise And Terror is a tremendous metal album in a style that few currently do better and if there was any justice would see the Blaze Bayley band right at the forefront of the genre. With an upcoming world tour, miss them at your peril!

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Blaze Bayley: Promise and Terror
Posted by Wardy on 2010-02-13 02:05:59
My Score:

This continues where the hugely underrated The Man Who Would Not Die finished off, but reflecting deeper considering prior to this albums conception Blaze has lost his wife and last year his father. The lyrics are hence very deep and only add to the dynamics of this incredibly cool album. Don't go looking for the quick fix single, this one requires repeat listens and your attention more-so than anything from the Blaze catalog but given the time it deserves, what an album!

Not since Silicon Messiah has Blaze delivered such a complete body of work. I'd say not as instant as TMWWND, Promise and Terror (the album fulfills both those, the Promise being the first half or so of the album, the remainder in particular the final four tracks are the Terror running similar in theme, each being album highlights!). But darker deeper and even more mature than everything that previous album was.

Rating a 8.5 (but only 9 can be selected here so take that as you will!)

Blaze Bayley: Promise and Terror
Posted by Perry Joseph on 2010-02-08 02:25:47
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Great review. This is one of the best heavy metal albums I have heard in a long time. It is complex, dramatic, mature, and innovative. Blaze's voice is untouchable in both volume and dimension at times, and at others, its gentle beauty will give you goose bumps. The guitar part after the solo in God of Speed is pure awesomeness. Anyone who loves classic metal (Piece of Mind, Sad Wings, Kill 'em All, Rust in Peace, and Seasons in the Abyss), needs to own and devour Promise and Terror. It IS the next generation. And it is a generation improved!

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