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Fan-filmed video footage of British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley‘s (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) entire March 8 performance at the Underworld in London, England can be seen below.

Blaze‘s “Soundtracks Of My Life” tour will see him play 33 gigs in 40 days in 15 countries, celebrating Bayley‘s 30 years in the industry.

Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, “Soundtracks Of My Life”, on October 31, 2013.

Metal Mind Productions recently released the two-CD version of Blaze Bayley‘s “Alive In Poland” (previously available only as part of the limited-edition “Alive In Poland” DVD) in Europe and North America.

“Alive In Poland” was recorded in Poland in April 2007 during the 21st edition of Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland. It features a fantastic, over-one-and-a-half-hour show during which Blaze presented the best tracks from his discography, as well as select tracks from IRON MAIDEN (“Man On The Edge”, “Futureal”).

Bayley‘s latest studio album, “The King Of Metal”, was released in March 2012. The CD was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy.

The 50-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to replace Bruce Dickinson as the lead singer of IRON MAIDEN.

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Six years after-the-fact, Metal Mind Productions re-releases Blaze Bayley‘s 2007 double concert album, “Alive in Poland”. Captured at the 2007 Metalmania Festival in Katowice, Poland with the debut lineup of the BLAZE BAYLEY band, faithful Bayley supporters were served up a round robin indulgence.

Despite a tumultuous time in the ex-IRON MAIDEN and WOLFSBANE singer’s career (including the disintegration of his previous BLAZE unit), “Alive in Poland” is a cool though spotty live retrospective of Bayley‘s career. Included amongst his solo cuts on the sixteen-song set list are a heaping handful of Bayley-era MAIDEN tracks including “Virus” from “Best of the Beast”, never performed by MAIDEN, but proven to crop up at Bayley‘s shows. Also making an appearance on “Alive in Poland” is WOLFSBANE‘s “Tenth Dimension”.

While there’s a decided bitterness hovering over Blaze Bayley circa 2007 in which he grumbles with ignited F-bombs against becoming a record label write-off (no doubt the scorn handed him by IRON MAIDEN fans was also lying dormant in his mind at this point), by-and-large, “Alive in Poland” is enjoyable. Certainly those in attendance at the Metalmania Festival were entertained, judging by their enthusiastic reception. It’s no wonder Metal Mind has re-released “Alive in Poland” while Bayley sets out to revamp his career with a proposed best-of anthology, a classical-themed EP and a brand new BLAZE BAYLEY band studio album.

The BB band lineup at the time of this show included Rich Newport and Nick Bermudez (guitars), David Bermudez (bass) and Rico Banderra (drums). While the sound capture is occasionally muddy and the band betrays occasional mistimes, “Alive in Poland” should still satiate Bayley‘s fans and power metal freaks at-large.

Knowing that the core vibe of Bayley‘s solo work heralds SAXON and the NWOBHM, songs such as “Speed of Light”, “Alive”, “Tough as Steel”, “Ten Seconds”, “Kill and Destroy” and “Born as a Stranger” rip and tear like metalhead pleasure pills. As for the six IRON MAIDEN covers in the set, “Man On the Edge”, “Sign of the Cross” and “Virus” are the best, while “Two Worlds Collide” and “Futureal” are a bit lacking despite some wicked shred soloing. It’s not just that the tunes are devoid of Steve Harris‘ thrumming bass gallops and Nicko McBrain‘s polished drives and rolls; there’s too much sloppiness undermining from top-to-bottom, not that anyone in the audience seems to mind. The crowd whoa-ohs along with Blaze on “Two Worlds Collide”, and they egg him on through the morose intro to “Look for the Truth”. When Blaze coaxes them to call back on the latter song, you just know he’s enjoying a private “Fear of the Dark” moment. Kudos, at least, to the BB band for mostly pulling off the nine-minute sojourn of “Sign of the Cross” with raw convincingness.

Longtime fans will enjoy the chunky take on “Tenth Dimension”, which is played on the edge despite some random roughness in Bayley‘s pipes. As we’ve come to learn since this recording, Blaze has soldiered through health issues on top of personal trials. The wear and fatigue in his voice is detectable all throughout this show, but give the guy credit for standing tall when he’s had everything go against him ever since IRON MAIDEN‘s “The X Factor” was released.

While this lineup of the BLAZE BAYLEY band was short-lived, “Alive in Poland” is a mostly solid outing with pockets of shortfalls. Never question Blaze Bayley‘s heart, however. If anyone carries the banner for metal in his own modest way, it’s this guy.

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Redd of Bloodstock Radio conducted an interview with British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 8-11 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

Bayley will release a career-spanning double-disc collection, “Soundtracks Of My Life”, on October 31.

The cover artwork for the effort can now be seen below.

The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1

01. Man Who Would Not Die
02. Ghost In The Machine
03. Stare At The Sun
04. Robot
05. Kill & Destroy
06. Silicon Messiah
07. The Brave
08. The Launch
09. King Of Metal (Remixed by Rick Plester)
10. Rainbow Fades To Black
11. Samurai
12. Blackmailer
13. Watching The Night Sky
14. Speed Of Light
15. Soundtrack Of My Life

Disc 2

16. Russian Holiday (acoustic feat. Thomas Zwijsen)
17. Clansman (acoustic feat. Thomas Zwijsen)
18. Voices From The Past
19. Tenth Dimension
20. Blood And Belief
21. 10 Seconds
22. Leap Of Faith
23. Tough As Steel (Blaze version)
24. Comfortable In Darkness
25. Living Someone Elses Life
26. The Day I Fell To Earth
27. Motherfuckers R Us
28. Wonderful Life (SINNERGOD feat. Blaze Bayley)
29. Hatred (new song)
30. Eating Children (new song)

All songs have been remastered by Rick Plester.

Says Blaze: “This double-disc set contains 30 recordings that have been very important to me in my life and 30-year career. Some of the songs included have not been widely available before. I have also had time to write two new songs with Rick Plester (former BLACK SYMPHONY guitarist). The set will come with a 28-page booklet and slipcase. Artwork is by Andreas Sandberg, who also did the artwork for ‘King Of Metal’. The release date is October 31st, but pre-orders are available on August 4th.”

Pre-order options:

* Silver package – £15: Album signed
* Gold package – £17: Album signed + your name in CD booklet
* Platinum package – £25: Album signed + your name in CD booklet + 40-page book “Albums Of My LIfe” + your name in book + fridge magnet + button badge + certificate

There will only be 300 copies of the platinum package available. The “Albums Of My Life” book will contain rare photos, tour dates and autobiographical account of the recordings, written by Blaze. This book is only limited to the Platinum package and will not be sold separately afterwards.

Metal Mind Productions recently released the two-CD version of Blaze Bayley‘s “Alive In Poland” (previously available only as part of the limited-edition “Alive In Poland” DVD) in Europe and North America.

“Alive In Poland” was recorded in Poland in April 2007 during the 21st edition of Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland. It features a fantastic, over-one-and-a-half-hour show during which Blaze presented the best tracks from his discography, as well as select tracks from IRON MAIDEN (“Man On The Edge”, “Futureal”).

Bayley‘s latest studio album, “The King Of Metal”, was released in March 2012. The CD was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy.

The 49-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to replace Bruce Dickinson as the lead singer of IRON MAIDEN.



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British heavy metal singer Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) will release a career-spanning double-disc collection, “Soundtracks Of My Life”, on October 31.

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British heavy metal singer Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) will release a career-spanning double-disc collection, “Soundtracks Of My Life”, on October 31.

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British heavy metal singer Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) will release a career-spanning double disc collection, “Soundtracks Of My Life”, on October 31.

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To celebrate my 30 years as a singer next year, Blaze Bayley (WOLFSBANE, ex-IRON MAIDEN) will release a booklet with career information, albums, personal comments and stories, tour dates and pictures.

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TV Rock Live conducted an interview with British heavy metal singer Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) and Belgium-based classical guitarist Thomas Zwijsen on March 14 in Paris, France.

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Former IRON MAIDEN and current WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley will celebrate his 30th anniversary as singer with the release of a “best-of” album in November.

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Metal Shock Finland’s chief editor Mohsen Fayyazi recently conducted an interview with former IRON MAIDEN and current WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley for the Middle Eastern webzine Jorzine.

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