Released: 2002, SPV
SILICON MESSIAH took me by surprise when it was released a couple years ago, in large part because it made such a thundering statement. Although Blaze would probably never say as much, SILICON proved that it wasn’t his fault that Maiden put out two incredibly crappy albums during his tenure with the band. More than that though, SILICON turned out to be a real slobberknocker that absolutely smoked BRAVE NEW WORLD. But that was then and this is now, so let’s move on ...
Follow-ups to a strong debut are tricky things. Expectation levels are sometimes set unrealistically high by the fans, myself included. Knowing this to be true, I tried to listen to this album on it’s own merits, distinct from SILICON. You know what? TENTH DIMENSION is a pretty darn good album. Sure, Blaze forges no new ground on this album so the formula created on the debut album is pretty much what you can expect here. Solid heavy metal, with great guitar play. Expect heavy riffs, pounding drums and Blaze’s unique vocal delivery. I was impressed with Blaze’s lyrical style on the debut and he takes things up another notch here. Nobody can accuse him of not having something to say, as he not only makes some pretty astute observations in his lyrics, he delivers the words with authority. TENTH is a concept album, and Blaze makes a pretty powerful statement here about how much control we have over our own destinies.
If you were a fan of the debut CD, you’ll like this one. If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear the band, I’d start with SILICON MESSIAH, but that doesn’t mean you won’t like what you hear on TENTH DIMENSION if you choose to start there. Blaze has done quite well for himself. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the band website. Very impressive.
Official website: http://www.planetblaze.com