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BLAZE ‘As Live As It Gets’ (SPV 08974802) (2003)

Double live CD by the band fronted by ex-Wolfsbane/Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley. Completing the line-up is drummer Jeff Singer, guitarists Steve Wray and John Slater and Rob Naylor on bass. The shows were recorded from recent dates in Switzerland and the UK.

It’s a mix of Wolfsbane, Maiden and Blaze material, all of which sit well together. Highlights on disc one include the all-out metal of ‘Speed of Light’, the brooding ‘Silicon Messiah’ plus Led Zep’s ‘Dazed and Confused’. The latter is a very metal version with Blaze sounding like Saxon’s Biff Byford! Much better than I thought it would sound. Disc two sees a faithful rendition of Iron Maiden’s ‘Futureal’, along with the Maiden epic ‘Sign of the Cross’ - Manowar eat your heart out! Over the top intro, duelling guitars and Blaze giving a storming vocal performance.

A good, solid live album from a band who deserve some more exposure and success. Catch them at this year’s UK Bloodstock festival in August.

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Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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