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WOLFSBANE SAVE THE WORLD

I've been disappointed with many releases over the years...and this is one of them.  Clearly one of my favorites, I expect better from Blaze Bayley.  To be clear, I've thoroughly enjoyed almost all of his solo material.  SILICON MESSIAH is one of those albums that I ensure never leaves my IPod, my phone and whatever other listening device I might use when I leave the house.  While I didn't care for his Iron Maiden stuff (like, well, everyone else), I have always thought it was just a bad fit for his style.

 It's no secret that Bayley came from Wolfsbane before joining Iron Maiden.  If this was the material they had heard, he wouldn't have been considered for the gig.  WOLFSBANE SAVE THE WORLD is a cheap, poorly executed and tremendously amateurish album from a guy (and his band) that should have known better.

To be clear, I don't really like anything about this release.  Specifically, the songs are wretchedly bad.  Songs like "Teacher" are just terrible.  Full of dumb cliches that even .38 Special wouldn't use in their teacher song, it's amazing a guy with such musical lineage as Bayley would put his voice to such garbage.  Equally bad is the "we want to be punk metal icons" music provided on the very next song, "Buy My Pain".  Not only is the song lame, but Bayley himself sound particularly bad straining for high notes at the end of the song.  I get that it's supposed to be his angst that causes his voice to crack, but the reality is that he just doesn't sound very good doing it.  That's not to say that it ruins the song though, as it was pretty lame to begin with.

Even the better songs on the disc just wreak of terrible.  "Starlight" could have been decent with better production, but isn't.  Drummer Steve "Danger" Ellett must not have realized that his drums were contained in the boxes they came in, as it sounds like he's hitting cardboard throughout.  Guitarist Jason Edwards is pretty sloppy throughout as well as he seemingly strums without discipline toward anything in particular throughout.  While their sound is that whole "punkish heavy metal" vibe, that doesn't always mean you have to play poorly.  "Smoke And Red Light" is the epitome of awful; cliched sing-song chorus, Bayley sounding bad, and Edwards sounding like a new guitar player trying to "sound cool".  Oh, and using the word "puke" as your rhyming word in a song is never good.

PITRIFF RATING - 22/100 - I guess you've REALLY REALLY got to be a Blaze Bayley fan to dig this one.  I am definitely a fan, and I think this blows.  It's already set up for deleting from all my devices, as I don't even want to accidently hit this trash when set on shuffle.  Disappointing to say the least.

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