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  • Audio CD (18 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music & Marketing
  • ASIN: B003G0E3MM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,124,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I received my CD yesterday and this is probably Blaze Bayley's best work to date. It's quite a different album from the "The Man Who Would Not Die" but because the band now has a consistent line up there is a feeling of real continuity from that previous work.

Many of the tracks have a philosophical or historical theme. For example 1633 appears to be about Galileo's trial by the inquisition for heresy after the Catholic church claimed that his theory on the heliocentric view of the solar system was false and contrary to scripture. It makes a refreshing change from the same old same old themes.

A brilliant album yet again, about time this guy was getting more recognition.
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'Promise and Terror,' the much anticipated follow-up to the intricate and powerful 'The Man Who Would Not Die' is an experience to behold. As the album title suggests there are two defining themes that uniquely link each song together (the final 4 songs on the album have a running concept throughout them however). The first half is a powerful, positive showcase of more slightly upbeat heavy metal. The Promise.

Opening with the catchy 'Watching the Night Sky', a thunderous display of power and emotion is a lyrical journey of not being alone. No matter how far away we are from each other, we still look up at the same sky, still existing for one another. 'Madness and Sorrow' is a call to the coat-of-arms to hammer 1980s `thrash metal' into the modern era; a sub-genre of heavy metal that has either dissolved or just hasn't been given the attention it deserves in this modern time. The Blaze Bayley band takes those ideas and twists it into their own post-modern setting. Blaze is bellowing with such amazing strength and layered within the pure energy of the band, 'Madness and Sorrow' keeps the momentum going that the album needs, before taking a moment of reflection and delving into historic times. The track is '1633.'

For historical purists, '1633' deals with the trial Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642), a man who played a huge role in shaping the scientific revolution by observing the astronomical revelation of other planets existing, and through his writings, he was attacked for his controversial views due to the conflicting attitude it held against the Bible. The song starts off with a beautiful, melodic bass intro that serves as a strong backbone for the rest of the song to journey through with a wonderful galloping riff that would make Iron Maiden crumble in its shadow.
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Having followed Blaze since his days in Maiden I can say I am not surprised at how good this album is.

If you are a fan of Blaze or Maiden and are even slightly hesitating to buy this album..........don't . Buy it now. If you liked the last album, 'The man who would not die' then you will love this.

There was a time when I doubted whether or not we would ever hear from Blaze again until 'The man who would not die' came out. While I love that album now, I found it a bit awkward at the start as it was totally different to what I expected. Also Im ashamed to say one or two of the tracks weren't as good as the rest of the album. I generally feel that about lots of albums though.

Moving on though to 'Promise and Terror'. Every single track on this album is excellent. Stand outs include - 'Madness and Sorrow' and 'God of Speed' (for me anyway). Even if you don't buy the album, definitely download these two and then consider buying the rest.

The band sounds much more gelled on this album and since getting it on Monday I must have listened to it 20 times and its still isnt wearing thin.

Also check out the 'Night that would not Die' live DVD. aLSO CRACKING!

Looking forward to seeing Blaze and co' on the road later in the year.
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If you're a fan of power metal, trad metal, prog metal, just metal etc.. Then you'll love this. It will really appeal to fans of Nevermore, Iced Earth, Blind Guardian and the like. This album and Blaze's last album The Man Who Would Not Die really are some of the best metal albums released in the past couple of years. What really stands out is Blaze's baritone, very well sung and definitely without pitch correction (Blaze uses a lot of vibrato which is nearly impossible to pitch correct. The other standout is Nico Bermundez's lead playing. Nico can shred with the best of them, but what you get is some really well thought out emotional lead playing with a perfect balance of lightning speed shredding and well placed melodic slower parts. Blaze Bayley is also one of the hardest working metal musicians around, constantly touring, I've seen them twice in the past year and I can safely say you won't be disappointed! What I can't understand is why the Blaze Bayley band haven't reached higher success, they've got the songs and they can deliver it live! Don't hesitate to buy this album and the last one.
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The news of this album came as a shock to me while I was watching some videos online. After listening to the opening rocker Watching the Night Sky I was instantly sold on it.

Fast & furious pacing with emotionally moving lyrics, it is plain to see that Blaze and co haven't lost their ability to make great music. There are moments of pure excellence that remind me of The Man Who Would Not Die but Promise and Terror does have it's flaws. There is this feeling of stagnation and lack of new/fresh material in parts. A lot of tracks sound similar to While You Were Gone from TMWWND album, especially the last 4 tracks which are supposed to be listened to together. -1 star for recycling of ideas.

I believe in supporting the artist and Blaze Bayley certainly deserves this. I have seen him live twice and I'm going again in a months time. If you can get to a live venue, you will really enjoy it and it brings the songs from this album and others to life!

My favourite tracks are Watching the Night Sky, 1633, God of Speed, Time to Dare and Comfortable in Darkness. Overall I would highly recommend buying this album. With heavy but melodic songs and strong writing, this album is enjoyable to listen to and has earned its place among Blaze's other material. I also highly recommend checking out Blaze - Silicon Messiah, Tenth Dimention and The Man Who Would Not Die.

Regards, Mj ;)
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