- Audio CD (21 May 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Blaze Bayley Recs
- ASIN: B007L2CUJO
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The King Of Metal CD
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The King of Metal opens the album, a healthy slab of metal indeed. Then a very powerful lyric to the tragedy that happened to Dimebag. Anyhoo, a few more solid tracks, Rainbow Fades to Black a fave of mine, and then a real gem. A piano ballad, One More Step, with Blaze on great form singing. The next 3 tracks are classic Blaze Bayley style songs, OH YES !! UP GOES THE VOLUME !! And then the album comes to an excellent close to an acoustic number.
Blaze and his new band have certainly delivered with this, lyrically strong, well sang and well played musically. This is hopefully the beginning of another series of great metal albums by Blaze Bayley. The King of Metal - "BLAZE ! BLAZE !! BLAZE !!!"
First of all, lyrically Blaze (also similar to Dio) tends to sing a mix songs of inspiration to the underdog ("don't let anyone keep you down" kind of stuff) and science-fiction (his first two solo albums were both SciFi concept albums). Here, the inspiration lyrics are present but he's replaced SF with "songs about heavy metal".
Secondly (it took me a while to put my finger on this), his singing style (and the songs) are very "singer" based - it almost reminds me of that kind of dramatic jazz vocalist style. Not that the music isn't full of riffin' metal guitar, but a lot of the vocals are very expressive (and not in the typical metal way) and the vocals are very up-front in the mix. This isn't necesarily a bad thing, in fact it helps keep this album unique and different from his previous ones (although, again, it's not a huge change in direction for Blaze). There's even a piano ballad in the middle (although I can't agree with previous reviewers that it's the high point of the album - if I wanted to hear piano ballads, I'd be listening to Jazz or late-period hard rock like 90's Aerosmith! I'm buying Blaze Bayley Cds to rock, and it's the rockers that are my favorites here, thank you very much!).Read more ›
The intro to " the rainbow fades to black" is reminiscent of Black Sabbaths " neon knights", and he even sings a rock ballad on the piano led " one more step" ( wouldv'e sounded better on acoustic guitar). A track you just would'nt expect from a heavy metal singer. The album closes with the acoustic balllad " beginning". Another track that I never expected from him. No doubt the most emotional song he's ever written. Someone who can go from raging heavy metal, to ballads like " beginning" really deserves much greater recognition.
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This guy has been through some tough times with all sorts of stuff but yet again produces another great album.Published on 3 Feb. 2013 by Martyn w
Blaze has been through a lot this last decade and he uses that emotion here and has penned a metal self help album. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2012 by Bazza