• Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

Blaze Bayley – Former Wolfsbane and Iron Maiden Vocalist Returns with Infinite Entanglement!

In the mid 1990s, Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley gained a brief few years of fame as the vocalist who replaced Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden. Bayley’s partnership with Maiden was short lived, and those albums tend to draw in a mixed reception from fans. Despite that, the experience did introduce him to a larger fanbase, and ever since he has pursued a solo career, releasing numerous albums. To this day, he remains active.

Infinite Entanglement is the latest studio album from Blaze Bayley, and his latest release of original material since 2012’s The King of Metal. How is the former Wolfsbane and Iron Maiden vocalist holding up all these years later, and is this an album worth adding to your collection?

I was not expecting to see another Blaze Bayley solo album, but Infinite Entanglement has ended up being one of the unexpected surprises in 2016. While I admit that I have not heard a good deal of his post-Maiden material, this record stands as truth that he is an underrated, powerful musician who needs to be seen as more than “that guy that used to be in Iron Maiden.”

Infinite Entanglement is a surprisingly solid record. The sound is largely modern driven, and hard and heavy throughout. Despite this, Bayley is not afraid to diversify his sound, showing off some slower and more progressive gems on the record as well. I have always admired Bayley for not clinging to his 15 minutes of fame with Iron Maiden; this album is radically different and shows this underrated vocalist continuing to push himself forward musically. It comes off as something of a concept album, with the occasional “spoken word” part to push things along. This element feels a bit campy at times, but at the end of the day it just adds to the experience.

You are going to find a lot to enjoy about Blaze Bayley’s latest studio album. Heavy, modern, and progressive at the same time, it is an unexpected surprise showing you that the former Maiden frontman is still pushing himself forward. An unexpected surprise, Infinite Entanglement comes recommended!

 

 

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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