Review: Blaze Bayley – “The Redemption of William Black (Infinite Entanglement Part III)”

Review: Blaze Bayley – “The Redemption of William Black (Infinite Entanglement Part III)”

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Blaze Bayley The Redemption of William Black (Infinite Entanglement Part III)
Blaze Bayley Recordings

In the year of 2016, Blaze Bayley brought brilliant album Infinite Entanglement. Announced as concept trilogy, the album immediately turned my attention. Trilogy is supposed to be a Sci-Fi story about the first man to live for a thousand years, named William Black. If we turn back the wheel of time and analyze Blaze career, we can say that space theme takes roots in Iron Maiden period of The X Factor(1995, EMI) and Virtual XI (1998, EMI). It continues to Silicon Messiah (2000, Steamhammer) and one of my favorites Tenth Dimension(2002, Steamhammer).

William Black is sent on the longest space exploration mission in history of mankind. He was selected from the list of thousands of applicants for this unique journey. That album was outstanding and I could not wait to hear the next story. Surprisingly, sequel is delivered in less of the year (Infinite Entanglement was published on March 18th 2016).

The story of William Black can be fallowed in 2017 through 10 songs: “Endure and Survive”, “Escape Velocity”, “Blood”, “Eating Lies”, “Destroyer”, “Dawn of the Dead Son”, “Remember”, “Fight Back”, “The World Is Turning the Wrong Way”, “Together We Can Move the Sun”.

Blaze is supported by Chris Appleton (guitar), Martin McNee (drums), and Karl Schramm (bass). This album, so as previous one, also features spoken word sections entrusted to Rob Toogood, Aine Brewer, and Michelle Sciarrotta.

List of album contributors is long: Luke Appleton (backing vocals), Chris Jericho (vocals), Jo Robinson (backing vocals), Melissa Adams (backing vocals), Thomas Zwijsen (nylon acoustic), Liz Owen (backing vocals), Anne Bakker (violin), Corvin Bahn (accordion).

Compared to Infinite Entanglement, Endure and Survive is slower, darker, more depressive. Knowing Blaze style-nothing strange. The atmosphere on The Redemption of William Black is somewhere in the middle. The story itself is dramatic, exciting and effective. It flows natural from the beginning to an end.

Music could be simply described as: best of hard rock and heavy metal!

If I would have to range trilogy than this would be my choice:

  1. Infinite Entanglement
  2. The Redemption of William Black (Infinite Entanglement Part III)
  3. Endure and Survive (Infinite Entanglement Part II)

Blaze Bayley has a voice. Blaze Bayley has experience. Blaze Bayley knows to write. Blaze Bayley knows to sing. And it is absolutely inappropriate identifying him as ex Iron Maiden singer. The man proved himself to be a copmlete author more than ever.

Everything has its end, so as the story of William Black. I strongly believe in near future we will watch William Black in movie theaters and read books about him.

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