Promise and Terror

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Promise And Terror
Blaze Bayley - Promise and Terror.jpg
Studio album by Blaze Bayley
Released February 1, 2010
Genre Heavy metal
Length 55:42
Label Blaze Bayley
Producer Blaze Bayley, Jase Edwards
Blaze Bayley chronology
The Man Who Would Not Die
Promise And Terror
The King of Metal

Promise and Terror is the fifth studio album by English heavy metal band Blaze Bayley, released in 2010. It is the second studio album released by the band since they changed their name from Blaze. It is also the first Blaze Bayley album without a title track.[1]


The songs on Promise and Terror are very diverse in their themes; the first half of the album is more upbeat and positive, but the second half is darker and more introspective. Surrounded By Sadness, the first acoustic song since the band changed their name, starts a four song run-in, as the last songs on the album are thematically connected.[2] As stated in the sleeve notes inside the album cover, the last four songs follow the four steps of dealing with personal tragedy: loss, pain, grief, and acceptance. These songs mostly address the loss of Bayley's wife and the struggle he and the band have had in the music world.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
BW & BK 9/10 stars[4]
Sea Of Tranquility 4/5 stars[5]
[] 4.5/5 stars[6]

The pre-sale for Promise and Terror quickly became the biggest in Blaze Bayley's history, as it charted at number 3 on UK pre-orders before its release. Blaze Bayley himself has stated that Promise and Terror is his best selling solo album to date.[7]

Professional reviews have ranged from positive to enthusiastic for Promise and Terror.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Watching the Night Sky - 3:36
  2. Madness and Sorrow - 3:09
  3. 1633 - 6:03
  4. God of Speed - 5:48
  5. City of Bones - 6:26
  6. Faceless - 3:46
  7. Time to Dare - 5:41
  8. Surrounded By Sadness - 3:59
  9. The Trace of Things That Have No Words - 5:48
  10. Letting Go of the World - 6:24
  11. Comfortable in Darkness - 4:29