A HEAVY metal legend made a surprise visit to Wigan to make a guest appearance on a local band’s new single.
Blaze Bayley, the former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane front man, made the cameo appearance on It’s A Wonderful Life, the new track by Wigan metallers Sinnergod.
The recording session at Fuzzbox Studios was something of a dream come true for the five-piece, comprising guitarist and vocalist Mark Hampson, guitarist and backing vocalist Dave Jones, bassist Karl Parker, drummer Chris Hampson and keyboardist and sampler Marc Robinson, who wrote the song with Blaze’s vocal abilities in mind.
The guest appearance came about as the result of a discussion between Sinnergod’s members of which well-known musician they would most like to feature in a future song, and drummer Chris said the experience was everything they had hoped it would be.
Chris said: “He was extremely professional when he was in the studio.
“You could tell from the way he approached it he had played in established bands, and his voice was unbelievably powerful.
“When we sent him the music, he was very complimentary about it, and as soon as he arrived at the studio he wanted to get stuck in. My brother Chris and I are both massive Blaze fans, so when we were drawing up a list of established singers we wanted to guest on the song, Blaze was top of the list, and we were blown away when he accepted.
“He was also a typical rock star, telling us lots of stories about from the days when he was famous and particularly about his time in Iron Maiden, but he was also a very down-to-earth guy.”
It’s A Wonderful Life is about a soldier who comes to realise that, despite the danger and suffering his life, he would not change it for any other.
Although Blaze provided vocals for the entire song, he will only be heard in some sections, and the band are keeping the final cut of the track under wraps.
Blaze will also be making a second appearance when the band begin filming their first video for the song next month, which is likely to be shot in Wigan and Manchester.
The new single marks the start of a busy few months for the band, which will see them supporting Eso, who are currently on tour with Marilyn Manson, and start work on their debut full-length album, which is expected to be released later this year or early next year.
For more information, visit www.sinnergod.co.uk.