As you scream into the web of silence...
When Bayley Alexander Cooke was announced as Iron Maiden's new singer, replacing Bruce Dickinson who had left the band to pursue a solo career, everyone knew he had big shoes to fill. With Bruce, Maiden had enjoyed an enormous amount of success, and the stage presence and vocal range of their ex-singer was hard to match. Still, the band gave it their best, and while their success level was not at its peak, many would say they did release some good music during the era. At the time, however, that was not the mainstream opinion. The X Factor and Virtual XI were trashed by critics upon release, and problems with Bayley's voice live were indicators of what was to come. In 1999, Bruce rejoined the band, and "Blaze" was fired - for him, virtually without warning.
But as one can tell when perusing his solo material, Blaze Bayley is not one to give up easily. Just when everything seems against him, he fights back. In 2000, around the time that Maiden released the classic Brave New World, Blaze released one of metal's most underrated albums - the enormous Silicon Messiah, which had all the right ingredients for an awesome album that very few people have listened to and not liked.
In the years that followed, Blaze released many more albums. Most recently, he created the Infinite Entanglement trilogy - a story in three albums, arguably as good as what is generally considered his best. While his backing band has changed numerously, the will to win has not yet abated, and so long as he's alive, one doubts that Blaze will stop doing what he loves any time soon. This working man in music is a force to be reckoned with.
So now comes the question - amongst the 104 songs Blaze has released, spread across 9 albums (and including a handful of bonus tracks), which is the greatest song he's ever released? That, my friends, is where you come in. I have created nine different forms via Google, one for each album Blaze has released in his solo career. These include everything he's released under his name. Simply rank each song on a scale of 1 - 10 (10 being amazing, 1 being shit). Once the polling is completed, I will compile the data and we'll countdown all 104 songs from worst to best.
- Silicon Messiah
- Tenth Dimension
- Blood & Belief
- The Man Who Would Not Die
- Promise and Terror
- The King of Metal
- Infinite Entanglement
- Endure and Survive (Infinite Entanglement Part II)
- The Redemption of William Black (Infinite Entanglement Part III)
Tagging the people who showed interest: @Lampwick 43 @Confeos @BloodOnTheBassistsHands @Travis The Dragon @Forostar @TheTalisman @MW564 (you can go through the discography with us!) @Jer (now's the perfect opportunity to finally go through Blaze's stuff) @Number 6 (dunno if you've heard it before but now's as good a time as any!)
EDIT: List begins here!