Title: Endure And SurviveLabel: Blaze Bayley Recordings
and Survive' is the second album in the trilogy and the
follow up to ‘Infinite Entanglement’, as Blaze continues
his space odyssey.
again Blaze is aided by Absolva’s Chris Appleton, Martin
McNee and Karl Schramm, as well as a host of vocal talent,
who bring a choral element to this a darker episode in the
who caught the excellent 'Infinite Entanglement' will know
how much Blaze has grown as a vocalist and songwriter over
the years, and now he returns to bring his Captain William
Black character to light once more.
get underway with the title track ’Endure and Survive’,
a real powerhouse opener that takes up exactly where
'Infinite Entanglement' left off, with Blazes towering
vocals and Appleton’s fiery guitars against the massive
rhythm section of McNee and Schramm.
powerful guitar fuelled Metal continues with 'Escape
Velocity', which is no-nonsense Sci-Fi Metal before the
darker edge of the album comes out of the shadows with
‘Blood’, this is where Appleton unleashes pure Metal
Hell, aided by an angst fuelled vocal from Blaze.
album takes a mellower turn with the stunning ‘Eating
Lies’, which is a touch of pure Melodic Metal that will
rock your world. This stunning piece is a dark as it
is moody. A
glorious piece that just gets better after each listen, but
fear not Metalheads, it's back to the harder edged side of
things with ‘Destroyer’, before the epic stylings of
‘Dawn of the Dead Son’. A mix of choral and
narratives opens this one up, before a blistering guitar
lick really kicks this on into top gear. This one has
an almost Maidenesque feel about it, that will surely hit a
chord with the Blaze fans who have remained loyal since his
all too short days with Iron Maiden.
pedal is once more taken off the gas with the folkish
‘Remember’, which features Uli Jon Roth's Corvin Bahn on
the accordion, a real side-step from the mostly Metal feel
of the album and to be honest, this is a great diverse piece
that shines out from the darkness.
is just a short break as the Metal reprises its roll in the
album with the massive ‘Fight Back’, as once again
Appleton lights up the fret-board.
albums darker, moodier feel, come back in spades with ‘The
World is Turning the Wrong Way’, before the album closes
in style with the eight minute epic ‘Together We Can Move
the Sun’. A real touch
of class to end the album. This is without a doubt one
of best tracks you’ll hear from Blaze as this song
showcases perfectly his entire vocal range in all its glory,
and wraps up an excellent album.
I’ve always said the true mark of a great concept album is that you can take away any track and have it stand on its own, and 'Endure and Survive' has done just that. I for one can't wait to hear the final opus, which I believe has already been penciled in for 18th March.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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