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Blaze Bayley
Alive In Poland (DVD)
June 2015
Released: 2007, Metal Mind Productions
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

As most Metal fans know, Metal Mind Productions based in Poland is Eastern Europe’s largest, most successful Heavy Metal company. With many divisions they have a record label, a magazine as well as doing concert promotion and post-production. MMP has released many (over 50!) Heavy Metal DVD’s, with wide distribution, most of which are pro-shot concerts in Poland and/or concerts of their Metalmania Festival. This month for our Vicious Viewing section I’ve decided to focus on four of their live concert DVD’s; Paul Di’anno, Blaze Bayley, Onslaught and Solitude Aeturnus. In each case, this is the first DVD released by these bands. Please feel free to enjoy all the reviews in this spotlight in DVD’s by MMP.

This is a case of contrast. If you compare this debut DVD of an ex-Iron Maiden singer (Blaze) and the debut DVD of an ex-Maiden singer (Di’Anno) the differences are very evident. While Di’Anno’s DVD (THE BEAST IN THE EAST, also reviewed this month) is a blast from the past, Blaze chooses very wisely to focus on his excellent solo career…sort of. This was a pivitol point in his career. He had dissolved his ‘band’ called Blaze after three albums and decided to go fully solo. It is his odd that his first release was a DVD of songs from his three previous bands but I didn’t get the sense he was living in the past because essentially ‘Blaze’ (the band) was his solo work anyway and it was mostly material from the past five or six years.

ALIVE IN POLAND is a well-constructed, well-produced DVD of a 90-minute show in Katawice, Poland back in 2007 as part of Metalmania 21. Everything is crystal clear both sound and lights. The band is tight as hell and they focus mainly on his solo career with a few Iron Maiden songs thrown in. They even do an old Wolfsbane song, ‘Tough As Steel’. It is an excellent show by any account.

There are a few bonus features, a discography, a biography and so on. A highlight for me is a 43-minute interview with Blaze, the classic, ‘sitting in an empty-bar’ scenario with a couple different angles and some live footage spliced in. It is very interesting. There is also an interview with band, which in terms of execution is very dull, they just sit there against a blue backdrop for 45 minutes, but the interview itself is very interesting as well. Lastly there is the video for 'Hollowhead' the first single from BLOOD AND BELIEF. It is pretty bad, the song itself is great but the video, which consists exclusively of him sitting in his bathrobe watching the televison, is pretty lame.

Despite the quirks of a band and man in career transition, this is a neat document on Blaze. He really should have issued ALIVR IN POLAND as the last piece of product under the band Blaze and started fresh the following year in 2008, with his new solo album, THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT DIE. Be that as it may that acts as a nice transitional price and a damn fine concert.
Track Listing

1. Intro
2. Speed of Light
3. The Brave
4. Futureal
5. Alive
6. Tough as Steel
7. Man on the Edge
8. Virus
9. Ten Seconds
10. When Two Worlds Collide
11. Look for the Truth
12. Kill and Destroy
13. Silicon Messiah
14. Tenth Dimension
15. Sign of the Cross
16. Born as a Stranger

Bonus Features

Hollowhead video
Photo gallery


Blaze Bayley Vocals
David Bermudez Bass
Rico Banderra Drums
Rick Newport Guitar
Nicolas Bermudez Guitar



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