I have to be honest I was never a Saxon fan , they started before I started listening to heavy metal and somehow I just never really gave them a fair shake . Well it is said youth is wasted on the young and I have come to conclusion I really missed out on something great . But alas there is still time .I am not dead yet and Saxon is still making great music.
Just to prove my point allow me to present Saxon’s newest album “Sacrifice “. I new I was in for something special when I saw the case alone, it’s a book .I mean a real hard bound book with pages in it and covertly hidden are two CD’s worth of classic style heavy metal but it does not feel dated . This is the style that made be want to listen to and then eventually play heavy metal . I am going to start with Disc 1. The opening intro piece titled “ Procession “ makes you feel like you are Indiana Jones walking thru the ruins of some far off Amazon jungle . Up next is “ Sacrifice “ a true in your face metal song with great guitar work and powerful vocals. “ Made In Belfast “ is easily my favorite song on it , Is like “Excalibur “ meets metal and you get to enjoy the out come . ‘The very quick paced “ Warriors of the Road “ is the musical version of NASCAR . I would be afraid to listen to this when I am driving as I know I would speed . A slight Asian influence is the deeply moving “ Guardians of The Tomb “. A little guitar solo never hurt anyone and with that “ Stand Up and Fight “ start off to a good classic rocking song . The distortion effect on “ Walking The Steel “ really comes thru in a slow but heavy groove oriented song . I think this is my other favorite song, wait can I have more then one favorite ? Doctor Who and Badwolf fans will appreciate “ Night of the Wolf “. A very soft and gentle metal song , that’s sounds like an oxymoron but it will make sense once you listen to it . “ Wheels of Terror “ follow up and its not a bad song at all I really like the duel arpeggios in it . The track “ Standing in a Queue “ will remind you of walking into a strip club for some reason . I think this is the most mainstream radio friendly song on the disk. The second disk contains the orchestra version of “ Crusader” and new and different versions of “ Just Let Me Rock, Requiem , Frozen Rainbow and Forever Free “ The band features members Nibbs Carter- Bass ,Doug Scatter-Guitars, Nigel Glockler -Drums,Paul Quinn-Guitars and Biff Byford on Vocals .The band is currently on a rare US Tour with the band “ Fozzy “ featuring Chris Jericho . To catch all the tour dates please go to Saxons official website http://www.saxon747.com/ http://www.saxon747.com/ and make sure you get this disk!
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