BLAZE BAYLEY On Upcoming War Within Me Album - "It Felt Quite Liberating To Not Be Fixed To A Concept This Time"; Video
February 22, 2021, 2 days ago
Former Iron Maiden vocalist, Blaze Bayley, will release his 11th studio album, War Within Me, on April 9. Pre-orders, in six different configurations, including CD, Vinyl and Deluxe Fanpack, are available here.
Blaze spoke with Sonic Perspectives about the writing process for the new album, his plans for the future, his time as Iron Maiden's vocalist, and much more. Listen to their animated and chock-full of anecdotes chat from the links at Sonic Perspectives, and below.
War Within Me is not a concept album but does include a positive thread throughout. In Blaze’s own words: "This is an album that I want to put on and feel very positive about. Whatever song you choose there’s some good feeling about it. As fans of metal music we tend to be damaged, strange and different in some way, and this album is (as I say in my live intro to the song 'Futureal') about taking your future in your own hands. It’s one of the things that really connects with people at my live shows."
War Within Me was recorded during 2020 with work split between Blaze’s studio at home in the West Midlands and Christopher Appleton’s studio in Greater Manchester. The now very consistent line-up, chosen from British metal band Absolva, played on the album - Christopher Appleton (guitar, backing vocals), Martin McNee (drums), Karl Schramm (bass). Blaze and Appleton shared the work mixing and producing, whilst Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden, Tank, British Lion, Voodoo Six) handled the mastering.
The album features art design by Akirant Illustration.
"War Within Me"
"Pull Yourself Up"
"The Dream Of Alan Turing"
"The Power Of Nikola Tesla"
"The Unstoppable Stephen Hawking"
"Every Storm Ends"