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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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Baroness, which recently released new album “Yellow & Green” (reviewed here), recorded a four-song BBC Session while in London earlier this month. Listeners can tune in via the BBC website at this location.

The set, which includes “Take My Bones Away,” “March to the Sea,” “Cocainium,” and “The Line Between,” was recorded at Maida Vale Studios in London on July 13th.

The official live music video for “Take My Bones Away” also premieres today on Rolling Stone’s website here.

Baroness is in the midst of a seven-week trek across Europe, and a North American tour for fall will be announced soon. Tour dates are:

July 25 Wiesbaden, Germany Raucherkammer
July 26 Basel, Switzerland Sommercasino
July 27 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo
July 28 Florence, Italy Viper Theatre
July 30 Milan, Italy Civic Arena

August 1 Munich, Germany 59to1
August 3 Prague, Czech Republic Klub 007
August 4 Katowice, Poland Off Festival
August 5 Berlin, Germany Magnet
August 6 Hamburg, Germany Logo
August 9 Oslo, Norway Oya Festival
August 13 Sheffield, UK Corporation
August 14 Bristol, UK The Fleece
August 15 Southampton, UK Talking Heads
August 17 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop
August 18 Leipzig, Germany Highfield Festival
August 19 Ludinghausen, Germany Area4 Festival
August 29 Brooklyn, NY House of Vans

September Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
September 6 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival
September 22 Lexington, KY Boomslang

October 27 Gainesville, FL The Fest 11

November Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest

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Baroness take fans behind-the-scenes with a new third video clip focused on the recording session from the band’s impending release of “Yellow & Green” (Relapse, July 17th). Check out the clip below. Baroness is currently in Europe for a seven-week tour, with full dates available after the jump.

July 6 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
July 9 Birmingham, UK Academy 3
July 10 Glasgow, UK Stereo
July 11 Manchester, UK Moho Live
July 12 London, UK Barfly, Camden SOLD OUT
July 14 Nijmegen, Netherlands De Affaire
July 15 Dour, Belgium Dour Festival
July 17 Beaumont, France Le Tremplin
July 19 Bilbao, Spain Kafe Antzokia
July 20 Barcelos, Portugal Milhoes de Festa
July 22 Barcelona, Spain Apolo 2
July 25 Wiesbaden, Germany Raucherkammer
July 26 Basel, Switzerland Sommercasino
July 27 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo
July 28 Florence, Italy Viper Theatre
July 30 Milan, Italy Civic Arena
August 1 Munich, Germany 59to1
August 3 Prague, Czech Republic Klub 007
August 4 Katowice, Poland Off Festival
August 5 Berlin, Germany Magnet
August 6 Hamburg, Germany Logo
August 9 Oslo, Norway Oya Festival
August 13 Sheffield, UK Corporation
August 14 Bristol, UK The Fleece
August 15 Southampton, UK Talking Heads
August 17 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop
August 18 Leipzig, Germany Highfield Festival
August 19 Ludinghausen, Germany Area4 Festival
August 29 Brooklyn, NY House of Vans
September Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
September 6 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival
September 22 Lexington, KY Boomslang
October 27 Gainesville, FL The Fest 11

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Recently, Georgia hard rockers Baroness posted a new track, “Take My Bones Away” on its Bandcamp page. That song will be on the new eighteen-song album “Yellow & Green,” which will be released via Relapse Records on July 17th.

Baroness is heading out on a large European tour this summer, with a couple of American festival dates slated for early autumn. Below is a list of the dates:

Jul 20 Milhoes de Festa Barcelos, Portugal
Jul 22 Apolo 2 Barcelona, Spain
Jul 25 Räucherkammer Wiesbaden, Germany
Jul 26 Sommercasino Basel, Switzerland
Jul 27 Dynamo Zurich, Switzerland
Jul 28 Viper Theatre Florence Fi, Italy
Jul 30 Arena Civica Milan, Italy
Aug 01 59to1 Munich, Germany
Aug 03 Klub 007 Prague, Czech Republic
Aug 04 OFF Festival Katowice, Poland
Aug 05 Magnet Berlin, Germany
Aug 06 Logo Hamburg, Germany
Aug 09 Oya Festival Oslo, Norway
Aug 12 Westcoast Bar Margate, United Kingdom
Aug 13 Corporation Sheffield, United Kingdom
Aug 14 The Fleece Bristol, United Kingdom
Aug 15 Talking Heads Southampton, United Kingdom
Aug 17 Pukkelpop Hasselt, Belgium
Aug 18 Highfield Festival Leipzig, Germany
Aug 19 Area4 Festival Lüdinghausen, Germany
Sep 06 Hopscotch Music Festival Durham, NC
Oct 27 The Fest 11 Gainesville, FL

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Converge has announced a brief run of European dates that will take place this August. Later this week, the band will also be hitting the road in the U.S. with Loma Prieta, Git Some, and others. Converge will release a new album on Epitaph/Deathwish in 2012, and has the following upcoming tour dates:

04/01: Providence, RI @ The Met w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Deafheaven & Morne
04/02: Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Regents
04/03: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizons w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/04: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/05: Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/06: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/07: Lansing, MI @ The Loft w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: The Armed
04/08: Chicago, IL @ Reggies w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Weekend Nachos
04/09: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Ringworm
04/11: Richmond, VA @ Kingdom w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, Pygmy Lush
04/12: Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Pygmy Lush (ex-Pg.99)
04/13: Philly, PA @ Union Transfere w/ Git Some, and Guests: Pianos Become The Teeth
04/14: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall w/ Git Some, Pianos Become The Teeth

08/02: Viveiro, Spain @ Resurrection Festival
08/03: Katowice, Poland @ Off Festival
08/04: Hannover, Germany @ Chez Heinz w/ Rise And Fall, Oathbreaker, and Birds In Row
08/05: Port, UK @ Hevy Festival
08/06: Paris, France @ Le Glazart w/ Toxic Holocaust, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/07: Geneve, Switzerland @ L’usine w/ Toxic Holocaust, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/08: Munchen, Germany @ Feierwerk w/ Toxic Holocaust, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/09: Wien, Austria @ Szene w/ Darkest Hour, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/10: Jaromer, Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival
08/11: Karlsuhe, Germany @ Stadtmitte w/ Rise And Fall, Birds In Row
08/12: Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest

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Fan-filmed video footage of ARCH ENEMY’s June 1, 2011 concert at MegaClub in Katowice, Poland can be viewed below.

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Guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal” Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH joined the long-running English gothic rock band FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM on stage this past Friday night (May 6) in Katowice, Poland to perform the song “Penetration”.

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Guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal” Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH joined the long-running English gothic rock band FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM on stage earlier tonight (Friday, May 6) in Katowice, Poland to perform the song “Penetration”.

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Sodom announced that they have been forced to pull out of their scheduled show with Hirax in Katowice, Poland this Saturday, after guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost was rushed to hospital….

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