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Brimming with well written songs, the strong dark voice of Bayley himself, the talented yong musicians, and some brilliant production from Andy Sneap, SILICON MESSIAH is every bit as good if not better than MAIDEN's new album BRAVE NEW WORLD.
10 tracks of pure heavy metal heaven, played with the kind of enthusiasm that makes you sit up and smile as you realise just what you're listening to is really something quite special.
Stand out tracks would have to be, the creative opener GHOST IN THE MACHINE (which warns us about how computers and technology will eventually overpower us all, a theme that is running through the album), the title track SILICON MESSIAH, the Maiden-esque BORN AS A STRANGER (one of the best songs I've ever heard), THE BRAVE, THE LAUNCH and the closing epic STARE AT THE SUN.
So, despite the undeserved stick that Bayley received when with IRON MAIDEN, his debut album as BLAZE proves beyond all doubt what a talent he is. One of the few genuine MUST HAVE albums, SILICON MESSIAH is essential listening and not to be missed. A classic.
Blaze may have loved working with Iron Maiden, but being freed from the band is probably the best thing that could have happened for both Maiden and him. Maiden's reformed line-up returned to their impressive, distinctive form, while Blaze followed up by forming his own band and releasing Silicon Messiah. And it's a good thing - because finally, we're treated to a band whose style is built around Blaze's voice, rather than stuck in the absence of Dickinson's.
His voice, which was always good, is allowed to come into its own here, ringing out over the top of thumping power-chords and beats. The work bears some of the hallmarks of his time with Maiden - and it's doubtless that he gained something from the time he spent working with them - but it's often more aggressive than much of Maiden's work, if anything, sounding more like a pumped-up Powerslave than a Seventh Son.
To the school of Maiden fans, the album may seem a little unadventurous - Maiden fans are, after all, treated to probably the most adventurous music in the Metal genre - but it's still an excellent album, and superior even in that regard to almost all of its peers.Read more ›
Totally refreshing... sounds both 'old' (in the classical sense, meaning it doesn't sound like 90s metal at all :) ) and new.
It really has a style of its own, so it's hard to compare to other bands... let me think... it doesn't sound like Maiden (both old and new) at all. Bruce Dickinson's "Chemical Wedding" is a bit closer to this one. Maybe also a little bit of Dio's "Strange Highways". Or... yes, that's it, Rage's "Ghosts".
I'm almost "afraid" to say this, but as much as I love Maiden, Bruce and "Brave New World", I think "Silicon Messiah" completely and absolutely outclasses it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Blaze has a very strong voice and his solo albums are, in a way, better than his Maiden CDs. I mean, I expected him to sing like Dickinson and therefore it was hard for me to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Harry
Like many others, I first heard about Blaze Bayley through the Iron Maiden route. I was impressed enough by his singing to begin a still ongoing process of collecting his other... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2013 by Phoenix Rising
Superb debut album from Blaze and his band they sound fantastic.This album is a pure treat of great metal. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2008 by AJ
it's hard to find words for something you have been completly blown away by. this album is one of metal's finest not bad from someone who once sang for iron maiden the track that... Read morePublished on 16 May 2005
I was very surprised at how good this album was. After 'Virtual XI' I thought Bayley just didn't have it in him and should return to the bar room rock he did so well with... Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2004 by M. Murata
I bought Silicon messiah only 4 days ago after Blaze's blistering set at Bloodstock and I can quite easily say that this album is an absolute masterpiece. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2003 by Ed
Blaze more than proves his worth with this amazing v-sign to Steve Harris and the rest of the Iron Maiden Crew. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2002
Blaze was under-rated in Iron Maiden, and here he has the chance to let loose. What can I say? I thought Brave New World was an awesome CD, but this blows it out of the water! Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2002
Blaze Bayley doesn't need Iron Maiden, i bought this album of the day it was realesed. Blaze Bayley was the best thing that ever happened to Iron Maiden, he brought out a new side... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2001