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Metal act fronted by ex-WOLFSBANE and IRON MAIDEN vocalist Blaze Bayley. Guitarist John Slater is ex-STORMWATCH and MINDFEED. Heavily criticised during his tenure and ultimately ousted from a then flagging IRON MAIDEN, Bayley surprised many with the undoubted quality of his 'Silicon Messiah' comeback effort.

Sophomore outing 'Tenth Dimension' would be produced by former SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap. BLAZE toured Germany in February 2001 supporting HELLOWEEN and would put in a creditable performance at the Derby 'Bloodstock' festival in the UK later that year. BLAZE would be announced as support band to the SAVATAGE and VICIOUS RUMORS package 2002 European tour. Further shows would see an appearance at the Italian 'Gods Of Metal' event upfront of June dates in Europe as opener to OVERKILL. However, the band's June 16th support gig to OVERKILL at the Biebob venue in Vosselaar, Belgium was cancelled after drummer Jeff Singer's brother was taken seriously ill. The band resumed the tour in London, pulling in ex WAYSTED and present day DORO and BRITNY FOX drummer Johnny Dee to fulfil interim dates. Jeff Singer made a return in order to complete the tour but would subsequently part ways with the band in December.

The band had their version of 'Dazed And Confused' included on the Locomotive Music LED ZEPPELIN tribute album 'The Metal Zeppelin The Music Remains The Same'. A first for the act came in November, BLAZE's first gig in Moscow at the 4'500 capacity Luzhniki Small Sport Hall co-headlining with German act GRAVE DIGGER.

A double live album 'As Live As It Gets', set to include BLAZE, IRON MAIDEN and WOLFSBANE material, was scheduled for March 2003 release. Shortly after release bass player Rob Naylor exited in order to establish his own band. Wayne Banks of SABBAT, GODSEND, MESSIAH'S KISS and NEW CRANES repute stepped in as replacement. Banks also found time to tour with BRAZEN ABBOT that same year.

BLAZE, pulling the services of PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld, recorded a new album 'Blood And Belief' at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire with producer Andy Sneap in December. A short run of European gigs in early April 2004 allied with DORO preceded a UK headline tour that same month. The band toured Germany throughout June alongside CIRCLE II CIRCLE and PERZONAL WAR.

In March 2007, BLAZE frontman Blaze Bayley has dropped the band name in favour of using his own for all future musical ventures. His official website has been "re-branded" with the new moniker, making the change official.