What to say of Blaze Bayley The Redemption Of William Black (Infinite Entanglement part 3)?
If there’s anything I love, it’s a good trilogy. No, for once I’m not talking about Star Wars. I could spend all day talking about Star Wars, but today, I’m talking about another outer space based epic, BLAZE BAYLEY‘s Infinite Entanglement trilogy, which has just concluded with the excellent third part – The Redemption Of William Black.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Infinite Entanglement saga, Blaze has masterfully crafted a concept album divided into 3 parts over the course of 3 years. The story follows William Black, a man selected to take a journey into outer space and lives 1000 years in doing that. In part 3, William is finding his way to the new world.
William has had a lot happen in this 1000 years. I’m pretty sure 2002’s The Tenth Dimension album was Black’s first “appearance”, which tells us there may be even more to his story. That is just my theory though. If you haven’t heard the first two parts of the trilogy, you don’t have to worry, because I won’t spoil any story from here, so you can keep reading. I do urge you to check out 2016’s Infinite Entanglement and 2017’s Endure And Survive (Infinite Entanglement part 2) before you give part 3 a listen though so that you’re not missing any of the story.
The album opens up with a slow build up into the thunderous and melodic “Redeemer”, which at times is a bit reminiscent of early 80s IRON MAIDEN. Next up comes “Are You Here”, which continues in the style of “Redeemer”, but it gets changed up with next song “Immortal One”, one of Blaze’s fastest and heavier songs of his career. “The First True Sign” is next, followed by the epic “Human Eyes”, a half acoustic / half metal masterpiece which truly shows Blaze as a very soulful singer. As Blaze is finishing the song, CHRIS JERICHO’s voice can be heard yelling to start up the next song, “Prayers Of Light”, which is also the first video released for this album. Next up is the duet with LIZ OWEN titled “18 Days”.
Blaze has done a lot of duets with female singers over the years, but this one just may be the best yet (sorry DORO, we still love you!) (Editor’s Note: NFWay Doro, Drew is on crack. Hail Queen Doro). I’ve said for years now that BLAZE BAYLEY’s voice gets better with every release, and the next track, “Already Won” really shows off some of that power. “Life Goes On” follows with some riffing that takes me back to “Futureal” that IRON MAIDEN fans should really enjoy. “The Dark Side Of Black” is another harder one to get that neck loosened up for you, before ending the album, and trilogy, with “Eagle Spirit”.
Blaze has been doing a hell of a lot of touring these last few years, including some US tours, a stint with “Trinity” (also featuring RIPPER OWENS and GEOFF TATE) (Editor’s note: They were all dating) , releasing Christmas singles, and writing an entire concept album trilogy, which is something you don’t see in music all too often. All of the hard work has paid off big time!
This trilogy is amongst Blaze’s finest works and will be tough for anybody to top it. This is an early candidate for album of the year. You’ve read it here first!
4 1/2 stars Key Tracks – 1. Redeemer 2. 18 Days 3. Already Won