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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
Hits: 2430
Language: english

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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
My Score:

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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