Nima : With 'The Redemption Of William Black (Infinite Entanglement Part III)' Blaze Bayley comes with the last part of the Sci-Fi trilogy he started in 2016. The CD version already appeared in March, but unfortunately did not reach us. This month the vinyl version will be released, which we were fortunate enough to receive for review. The first two parts were very strong albums in my opinion, with which Blaze once again proved that he deserves much more recognition than he did at that time with – well, it will never let him go – Iron Maiden. In fact, I found both albums stronger than 'The Book Of Souls'!
Just like the concept, the third part of the trilogy also musically continues in the same style and fits seamlessly with the previous two releases. The opener 'Redeemer' is an epic heavy metal pounder that reminds a lot of the atmosphere of the Blaze-era Iron Maiden (and why not?) and is a great and powerful introduction. The following 'Are You Here' and 'Immortal One' are also two (short but) powerful hard-hitters. After that the pace goes down in general and we get the more sensitive, melancholic and slower songs. I have to say that the aforementioned faster songs generally convince me a bit more. That does not mean that the lower-paced songs are bad or weak; it’s just that Blaze's vocal qualities come more into their own in the faster parts. But yeah, on the other hand, 'Human Eyes' for example is one of those (semi-)ballads that only Blaze can sing and as usual touches the sensitive string. Also '18 Days' is such a wonderfully varied song in which the man throws out all his emotions. And with Blaze you know that every word and every emotion is meant. That is also something that I value very much about Blaze anyway; it is all completely authentic. And that authenticity is fortunately also kept intact by the "simple", but nevertheless strong, production.
The next hard-hitter comes at the end with the fantastic 'The Dark Side Of Black', which belongs to the stronger songs on the album. The closer 'Eagle Spirit' is a magnificent little masterpiece and one of the best songs in Blaze's oeuvre; a true grand finale for this beautiful trilogy. All in all, Blaze has again delivered a strong album, proving that he is indeed the man who would not die. The loyal fan base that the man has built up in the meantime will definitely not be disappointed. Also fans of atmospheric, dark and Sci-fi-inspired heavy metal concept albums, but also Maiden fans who are still doubting the man, should at least give the album a chance.