BLAZE guitarist Steve Wray has posted the following message to the band's official discussion forum:
" [BLAZE's forthcoming third album] 'Blood & Belief' is a 10-track album which at this point certainly seems to have a theme or feel if you like. It's not a concept album. If anything this album is all about honesty and determination although there are some religious references as well.
"We are uncertain at the mo as to the format of the CD, as I understand it there probably will not be a limited edition and [our manager] is speaking with the record company at the moment about multimedia/extras.
"There is no release date as yet confirmed.
"Blaze [Bayley]'s vocal style on this record is similar to our previous albums but if anything it's a little more open and real. To my ears more personal than before.
"Tour plans are yet to be confirmed but I'm sure there'll be lots of dates!
"There are as yet no tracks that run into each other in the style of truth/meant. We are shortly to commence arguing about the running order so that could change!"
As previously reported, "Blood and Belief" is tentatively due in March 2004 through SPV Records. BLAZE utilized the services of former PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld during the recording sessions for follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension", which took place at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire with producer Andy Sneap. Also recording with the group was bassist Wayne Banks (SABBAT, MESSIAH'S KISS), who has fulfilled most of last year's touring commitments with the band following the departure of Rob Naylor last April.