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5 Replacement Rock & Metal Vocalists Who Deserve More Credit

Credit where credit's due!

Blaze Bayley – Iron Maiden

Source // fc08.deviantart.net

Source // fc08.deviantart.net

Albums: The X Factor (1995), Virtual XI (1998)

Ironically, the fate of Iron Maiden’s Blaze Bayley parallels Tim Owens stint in Judas priest.

Blaze was also hired to replace an iconic frontman (Bruce Dickinson who replaced the equally beloved Paul Di’Anno in the early 80’s) and Blaze was also shortchanged in the music department….making his already impossible job all the more harder!

In comparison to Maiden’s normally high standards, the songwriting on The X Factor and Virtual XI is simply below par and it was convenient to lay the blame at Blaze’s door.

The typical Iron Maiden characteristics were there but the band sounded like they were dialling it in, fully aware that without Bruce Dickinson the law of diminishing returns was inevitable; Blaze Bayley never stood a chance.

A grossly unfair situation as Bayley did more than just a decent job and he definitely deserved more credit; check out  “The Clansman” from Virtual XI and “Man On The Edge” from The X Factor as proof  that his voice did suit the Maiden sound.

About Chris Jennings (1778 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

4 Comments on 5 Replacement Rock & Metal Vocalists Who Deserve More Credit

  1. Daniel Lopes // January 28, 2015 at 2:34 am // Reply

    I agree a hundred per cent! It is too easy to say something against a someone´s work, but it is too hard to do something better than it!

    • Chris Jennings // January 28, 2015 at 10:28 am // Reply

      Thanks Daniel, they all deserve credit just for having the balls to take on the difficult task of replacing a frontman in the first place! \m/

  2. Is there really anyone out there that thought Gary Cherone was a good fit?

  3. Chris Jennings // January 29, 2015 at 10:13 am // Reply

    Not a good fit per se but give the man a break….he still stepped up \m/

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