British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) took part in an interview and acoustic performance on the February 22 edition of the Kate Justice show on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester. You can now watch it below.
Blaze Bayley‘s eighth solo album, “Infinite Entanglement”, was released on March 1. The official video for the album’s first single, a song called “Human”, is also available.
In a recent interview with Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon from Canada’s The Metal Voice, Blaze stated about his new album: “I had this idea to write my own book. I had a story that… kind of coming from the character from ‘Tenth Dimension’ [Blaze‘s 2002 album] that I really wanted to do. And we started work on it, and we had too many songs for one album. And I thought, you know what? When I did ‘Tenth Dimension’, I had to keep that down to a certain amount of time because I was working with a record company; I had deadlines to meet. I thought this time… I think this is a really big story. And so, I started thinking about it like ‘Dune’ and ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ and something like that. I thought if I was gonna do exactly what I wanted to do, then I would do it in three albums. Well, I am my record company, so I can do what I want to do. So I’m doing it in three albums. And this is my first studio album — full metal studio album — for four years, and it’s part one of a trilogy. And the story is told across the three albums. And so far, it’s turned out really, really well. And the first few people now have got their pre-orders delivered, and they’re really enjoying it. The feedback I’ve had is great.”
Blaze also spoke in more detail about the story that is covered on the trilogy. He said: “It’s about a man who does not know if he is human. It’s his personal journey, and he is on a mission to discover one of the new Kepler planets. You know, Kepler discovered all these new planets. It’s set a hundred years in the future, and he’s on a spaceship and it’s how he deals with the fact that he will be one of the first people ever to live for a thousand years because of advances in technology, and how he deals with that. And the question is: is he human or not? And that’s it in a nutshell. And the story expands from there. And we discover a lot of different things — first, his emotions and how he feels, but also why he’s there and how he is reacting to the circumstances. And everything is not what it seems. He’s been chosen for the mission, and we find out why. And that’s part of the overall story. So it’s a kind of mystery horror, in a way, set in space, and this is part one of it. So I’m hoping that you’ll like the rest as well.”
According to Blaze, he intentionally made “Infinite Entanglement” so that fans of his music can listen to the album and enjoy it without having to be familiar with the entire story. He said: “That is how I started with the whole idea. I had to do something that I would enjoy. So I really wanted to do something more in the ‘War Of The Worlds’ style and in the ‘Operation: Mindcrime’. I wanted it so, as a listener, you can enjoy each song without knowing the story. But if you want to look at the sleeve notes, if you want to get deeper in it, then you’ll see the connections. You don’t have to listen to all the songs to know the connections. And the order of the songs isn’t in a way that you have to play it from start to finish either. And you won’t really know where all of the songs fit until that third album comes out and it explains to you the whole story and all of the details.”
Asked if he already has a timetable in mind for the release of the second and third albums in the trilogy, Blaze said: “We have half of album two, we have half of the songs ready for that, and we have some of the music and one of the songs for album three. So we kind of have the ending and a bit of the middle. So, as we’re going along on tour, and I’m writing the rest of the story, then we’ll come up with the rest of the songs.”
He continued: “What I’ve enjoyed with this one is having the liberation of not having to connect everything to reality or directly to me, to be able to use somebody else’s emotions and somebody else’s thoughts, and have more than one set of eyes to look at the world through. That’s been really liberating, and I’ve enjoyed it very much.”
The 52-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to join MAIDEN, with whom he recorded two studio albums — 1995’s “The X Factor” 1998’s and “Virtual XI” — before Bruce Dickinson returned to the group.
Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, “Soundtracks Of My Life”, on October 31, 2013.