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Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2016 @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

June 30th, 2016

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2016

@ Hammersmith Apollo, London

13th June, 2016

Review and photography by Sabrina Selkis

 With hardly any time to recover fully from Download Festival in the Midlands of England, it is already time to go to the 14th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. Also it is the birthday celebration of 30  years of Metal Hammer Magazine, and what a ride it has been!
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SAXON – Guitarist Doug Scarratt

January 20th, 2016

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DOUG SCARRAT

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Saxon, the legendary English heavy metal band, was founded in 1976. They are one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and during the 80’s Saxon established themselves as one of Europe’s biggest metal acts. The band is still going strong and they tour on a regular basis. They have released 21 studio albums including their newest, BATTERING RAM, which came out in October 2015. The band arrived Finland on 6th of December along with Motörhead and Girlschool. I then sat down with the band’s long-term guitarist Doug Scarratt in Helsinki and we discussed many different topics such as touring with Motörhead and the new Saxon album.

Edit: It should be noted that when this interview took place, we had no idea what was going to happen for Lemmy in just a few weeks…  😥 

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Saxon with support on Battering Ram European Tour 2015 – leg 1 – at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

January 20th, 2016

Saxon – Battering Ram European Tour 2015

With support act Dirty Passion

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
December 2, 2015

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Jalometalli 2015

December 1st, 2015

 

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The mighty Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival strikes once again with a killer killer line-up to maintain the loyal to the metal. The festival is known for relying on offering everything from traditional metal to extreme metal. Above all, it is also the classic names who have never ever visited Finland before that make this special. The legendary Teatria club is now history as it was torn down. The last year’s event was arranged in the parking lot of a big sport hall. Fortunately the organization of the Jalometalli festival decided to return the festival to its original place named Kuusisaari.

Once again the Metal Rules team hit the ground of Oulu to witness several absolutely killer bands. The whole Jalometalli festival is so unique and one of a kind that anyone reading this article should take a glance at the offering of the festival. Here is a brief article on the fest. So the time had come all of us to leave bitter sweet farewells to the old venue where we have enjoyed great music and great company throughout the years.

 

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BATTLE BEAST

The domestic dance metal wonder Battle Beast kicked the set off. It was quite a clever trick from the organization to place Battle Beast to be an opening act of the fest. The band pulled a nice crowd to the open field.  Battle Beast’s frontlady knows how to entertain and encourage the audience go beserk and above all have some fun. Battle Beast offered a solid set of the best of their songs.

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Local Encrypted was advertised to play some kind of technical death metal so I was pretty disappointed to hear something resembling more modern thrash than, let’s say, old Atheist. Fortunately they did play some deathier stuff as well with some bass wankery but in the end this was not anywhere near my cup of tea, too young boys influenced by some new dull stuff. I don’t even remember when there was actually an interesting tech death hailing from Finland. But did I catch that this was their last gig ever? It’s good to quit when you are on top, right?

 

SOTAJUMALA

Sotajumala has been gigging several domestic metal bands during this summer. Why now as the new album titled Rauniossa (In The Ruins) by Sotajumala offers a brutal slab of the barbaric and raw death metal at its best. Sotajumala has proved to be one hell of strike on every gig, therefore Jalometalli was no exception. The five piece’s raw and uncompromising delivery left no wondering, instead the audience turned to be utter beserks. The vocalist Mynni usually expresses the standpoint of his own on what he things about issues, this time the crap religion, the islam, got mugshot from the vocalist and the audience cheered….

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Hell led by Andy Sneap has been a constant visitor in Finland during the past few years. The band has rehearsed all the manners and performance with the tight. Hell’s old school metal with the modern sound grip is a perfect example of when the old school British heavy metal meets the modern day approach. The frontman’s theatrical manners and acting gave the more showman feeling and skills of his roles as the essential part of the whole HELL concept. Unfortunately Hell is not able to drag the whole theatrical visualistic arsenal to blow the stage up. Anyway the mandatory whipping session was there. All in all witnessing Hell in a more club with the gear would be the welcomed choice after.

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OSBCURE BURIAL

I’ve been seeing Obscure Burial too many times already in recent couple years but I must say that these guys usually deliver the goods and so did they now. They didn’t attract that much audience in Jalometalli but we the luck few we’re treated with the black mass of robust death/black/whatever in the oldest of veins. Guys have some good hooks and riffs in their stuff and it’s rejuvenating to hear something so ancient but still fresh that it’s hard to put any tag on it. This is just metal as it’s best.

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SATAN

The legendary British metal squad Satan got re-activated a few years back and released the highly acclaimed album Life Sentence and will be putting out the fourth album Atom By Atom. Well the old school metal with all these extreme bands sounded the welcomed choice for sure. The classic sounds with the catchy riffs is all about what the true metal is supposed to sound. The five piece may turn out to be a bit too old for the younger generation, but it got hammered more than well to the kids. Oh by the way the frontman Brian Ross made a visit to the mighty Jalometalli a few years ago with another highly respected British heavy metal band Blitzkrieg.

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WENGELE

Wengele (or Mengele/Insomnia as they were know back in the day) has not been doing much since their demo in 2004 but they really should. They kick ass live and even their ‘new’ material (from that 2004 demo) is pretty solid and doesn’t stick out in a bad way. But classics are classics and boy they sound good. I might be biased as a Jääli native myself but Mengele in it’s prime was one of the greatest thrash band from Finland and they still are.

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CRADLE OF FILTH

If Cradle Of Filth didn’t get that highly and desperately wanted action in the audience at Wacken, but instead the Finnish audience appeared to be more appreciate toward COF. Obviouslty the frontman Dani Filth got some technical problems with the wireless system, as keeping communicating with a technician several times. However COF is either liked or disliked, but judging by the reaction of the audience, COF got the full good enjoyment back from the audience. The setlist was a basic dissection of the long career of Cradle Of Filth, should it be said Dani Filth’s. However songs had been picked up from eight album. All in all solid and routine gig from Dani and his backup forces.

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STARGAZERY

The newest output by Stargazery called   Star Aligned came out of blue for sure – featuring the astonishing and outstanding traditional melodic heavy metal songs. Therefore witnessing Stargazery on the stage was on the “must see” list. The band’s strong sounding melodic heavy metal sounded splendid with an awesome vocalist (having toured with Michael Schenker btw). Those ones looking for the real heavy metal without any mandatory power metal nuances, Stargazery is an obvious choice for sure.

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OBITUARY

Simpy put, Obituary ruled. Heavy and thick as hell, Jalometalli has seldomly had this perfect sound. After petty clowns of Cradle of Filth and other weak so-called metal acts of the earlier day, Obituary’s relentless slab of pure unadulterated Florida death metal was a blessing, like an oasis in the desert. The new stuff is pretty decent actually, probably best material they put out since the days of World Demise. But of course Obituary is made of from really simple ingredients, but it’s ok for a while the gig usually last. It’s good to degenerate to this primal level once in a while.


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ALFAHANNE

Describing the stuff played by Alfahanne aint’t that easy. it could be a a hybrid mix of black metal meets the rocking elements. being on the stage the band is definitely unpredictable and capricious. BUT Were these guys of Alfahanne in mess or something cos the whole gig looked more like out of control. The gig was pretty chaotic and hassling. Not even sure if they filled the full playing time cos the band stormed off the stage without any warning …

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SAXON

Saxon is an institution that is always pleasure to witness on stage but Jalometalli’s gig showcased that for a casual listener, their material is a bit uneven. The classics in the end of the setlist were awesome but the new stuff sounded bit uninspired. So it seems to be with almost every veteran band so it’s not only Saxon that should stick with the old ones. (The Inner Sanctum from 2007 had some pretty wicked stuff though) Biff Byford has this unfakeable charisma of legendary heavy metal front men so whatever Saxon actually plays, the band is still a treat to watch and hear. And when they play their “best of” stuff, there’s not many heavy metal bands that can even touch that level of quality. Andy Sneap of Hell (and others) joined the band to play on one song, a cool extra feature.

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JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES

For me, Jess and the Ancient Ones lacks soul. For me they sound like an attempt to milk the Zeitgeist from bunch of experienced metal musicians. They are too nice and safe when compared with the vivid and raw imagination of bands they draw from. That said, their gig reminded me from the glory days of Qstock, a festival happening in the same place, and especially the gig of Swedish Witchcraft there. Kuusisaari’s paviljonki is a splendid place to end a festival day with some retro sounds and packed, sweaty atmosphere. Looking the audience, I was pretty much alone with my skeptical attitude as singer Jess ruled the house with her presence.

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LOST SOCIETY

The Finnish speed/thrash youngesters Lost Society have proved to be one hell of storm on the stage with the insane driving force. The gig at Jalometalli wasn’t any exception as to being totally out of control. The guys with the relentless passion and attitude thrashed the whole set throughout with the incredible rage. Even the playing was the second thing compared to their ultimate hassling. Even though a bit in the controlling may be needed for guys to gasp for some air.

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The Domestic old school reindeer thrash metal patrol A.R.G got activated a few years back and unleashed the brutal thrashing. The old thrashers unleashed the blistering extra vaganza thrash metal set by offering a great deal of the classic ones of their own. There was no extra bullshit talking chitchat between songs, instead the four piece thrash tornado pushed with the full force ahead.

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ANNIHILATOR

Annihilator has been crisscrossing Europe at several festivals. The Canucks managed to make it to Finland on the hectic schedule. When following Jeff Waters’ performace with the back-up forces, it couldn’t help thinking if Waters had been a vocalist since the beginning of the reincarnation of Annihilator and been a singer on every album. Annihilator might be in a different position such as Megadeth, whose frontman is recognized as the leader of the outfit. Plagued by several line-up changes and hassles Waters has taken the vocalist role over again. The four piece sounded tight and well trained, but nailed the songs with the tight playing. Even though Padden is no longer involved in Annihilator, Waters’ role as a real frontman is obvious. Despite that Waters aint that great singer. As a matter of fact Waters should have been singing since the first album to avoid all these line-up hassles.

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INQUISITION

The two men Inquisition have gained the deserved reputation during the past few years. The band has been gigging damn effectively all around. That has paid a lot as Inquisition got extremely great respond from the audience. The Frontman Dagon easily conquered the stage with the strong charisma and above all performance. Inquisition hammered the audience down by doing the intensive set of the grim sounding vicious black metal.IMG_5277

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CANDLEMASS

Candlemass without the primusmotor of the band Leif Edling sounds odd for sure. However the former Grave bassist had been recruited to take over Edling’s spot on the stage. However Edling is supposed to return back to the rank after solving the health problems. As for the set, well it has to be admitted Mats Leven is a fantastic singer, not the voice of Candlemass at all and the characteric one like the previous most wellknown singer. The set consisted of several Candlemass classic tunes. Despite the line-up has gone radical changes, something was missing from the playing though the gig sounded solid

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TRIBULATION

The Swedish Tribulation is kind of odd band as the band dress up as some kind of eerie black metal, but instead the stuff is more melancholic dark metal with the obvious black metal references. That kind of stuff of Tribulation would need more darkened atmosphere in a grim club rather than an open door festival. Tribulation delivered the dismal set of the dark/blackish metal with a certain touch.

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DARK TRANQUILLITY

Dark Tranquillity offered a solid and quaranteed melodeathwhatevermetalgothenburg sounding metal – pretty sterile- nothing surprise. However the frontman Mikael Stanne is a great vital frontman taking the audience more than well. As for the material, well the set was a nice balance of songs from several albums. Basically it was kind of best of set from Dark Tranquillity to offer and pleased both the old and new fans.

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HOODED MENACE

The Finnish death/Doom metal squad Hooded Menace concluded the two day Jalometalli festival.  The Deadly doomesters in an indoor club offered the lethal doom stuff with the slow heavy grip throughout the whole show. The band’s doomy riffs sounded bombastic and brutal.

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SAXON – Interview with Biff Byford

September 13th, 2015

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SAXON – Interview with Biff Byford

Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Video courtesy of William Prewitt
Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

British heavy metal legends Saxon recently toured the U.S. for the second time this year, on a monster billing recalling the now-classic “Bombers & Eagles Tour” of ’92, alongside the monolithic road-dog punters in Motörhead and the up-and-coming hard rockers in Crobot. I was lucky enough to catch up with Saxon vocalist Biff Byford prior to the band’s performance in Austin, Texas for a pre-show interview, Biff went into depth on the band’s new album “Battering Ram” as well as Saxon’s lengthy history with Lemmy & Motörhead. September 1st marked my third interview with the NWOBHM legend for Metal-Rules.com and later that night Saxon delivered in full once-more to a capacity crowd of “Denim & Leather” clad metal warriors who all stood up to be counted! Saxon is a timeless band more than capable of putting on an unforgettable night of heavy metal classics, perhaps only rivaled by the likes of fellow fathers of the craft like Accept, Priest, Maiden or Manowar. Their dedication to heavy metal is nothing short of inspiring and their lineage and discography grows stronger year-by-year as they continue to push the envelope, metallicly speaking. Here’s to many more years of “Heavy Metal Thunder” from Saxon! Read the rest of this entry »

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SAXON Re-Releases Two Classic Collections

January 17th, 2015

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SAXON is ready to kick off 2015 with the re-release of two classic collections, each covering significant career highlights as well as offering something new in their 2015 versions.

On February 13, 2015, SAXON greatest hits release Heavy Metal Thunder will make its market re-entry together with a brand new bonus CD, Live At Bloodstock. First released in 2002, Heavy Metal Thunder features 13 bona-fide SAXON classics from the halcyon days of the early 80’s, with eight of the cuts having been re-recorded again in 2001 to offer a fresh perspective. Amazon Pre-Order

At the same time, fans will also once again be able to buy The Saxon Chronicles, a double-disc DVD which now also includes a bonus CD titled Rock’n’Roll Gypsies 1989 Live. Released originally in 2003, The Saxon Chronicles is a double-DVD set which features not only the band’s 2001 Wacken performance, but original song videos, interviews and exclusive on-tour documentaries. Amazon Pre-Order

See below for tracklistings for both releases:

Heavy Metal Thunder – Bloodstock Edition:
CD I Tracklist:
Tracklist:
01.       Heavy Metal Thunder
02.       Strong Arm of the Law
03.       Power & the Glory
04.       And the Bands played on
05.       Crusader
06.       Dallas 1PM
07.       Princess of the Night
08.       Wheels of Steel
09.       747 (Strangers in the Night)
10.       Motorcycle Man
11.       Never Surrender
12.       Denim & Leather
13.       Backs to the Wall

Bonus CD II Live at Bloodstock 2014:
01.       Sacrifice
02.       Power and the Glory
03.       Heavy Metal Thunder
04.       Battalions of Steel
05.       Motorcycle Man
06.       And the Bands Played On
07.       To Hell and Back Again
08.       747 (Strangers in the Night)
09.       Crusader
10.       Wheels of Steel
11.       Princess of the Night
12.       Denim and Leather

The Saxon Chronicles + Rock’n’Roll Gypsies 1989 Live

DVD I Wacken Open Air Festival, Germany 2001 Tracklist:
01.       Motorcycle Man
02.       Dogs Of War
03.       Heavy Metal Thunder
04.       Cut Out The Disease
05.       Solid Ball Of Rock
06.       Metalhead
07.       The Eagle Has Landed
08.       Conquistador (Drum Solo)
09.       Crusader
10.       Power And The Glory
11.       Princess Of The Night
12.       Wheels Of Steel (Guitar Solo)
13.       Strong Arm Of The Law
14.       20,000 Ft.
15.       Denim And Leather

Bonus Stuff : Interview with Biff Byford

DVD II Tracklist:
Video: Saxon on Tour
Saxon Official Videos:
01.       Suzie Hold On
02.       Power And The Glory
03.       Nightmare
04.       Back On The Streets Again
05.       Rockin’ Again
06.       (Requiem) We Will Remember
07.       Unleash The Beast + Behind The Scenes
08.       Killing Ground
Saxon on TV – Interviews, History, TV-Appearances:
01.       And the Band Played On
02.       Back on the Streets
03.       Never Surrender
04.       Denim And Leather
05.       Wheels of Steel

Bonus Stuff: Text/Photo Gallery

Bonus: Rock’n’Roll Gypsies 1989 Live Audio CD Tracklist:
1.         Power And Glory
2.         And The Bands Played On
3.         Rock The Nation
4.         Dallas 1PM
5.         Broken Heroes
6.         Battle Cry
7.         Rock ‘N Roll Gypsies
8.         Northern Lady
9.         I Can’t Wait Anymore
10.       This Town Rocks
11.       The Eagle Has Landed
12.       Just Let Me Rock

For more information on these releases and SAXON in general, please visit http://www.udr-music.com/index.php/saxon-band and www.saxon747.com.

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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER’s Son To Fill In on Drums for SAXON’s UK Tour

January 2nd, 2015

British heavy metal legends SAXON have recruited Sven Dirkschneider, the son of legendary ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, to sit behind the kit for their upcoming UK tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early February.

SAXON drummer Nigel Glockler was rushed to hospital last month after suffering a brain aneurysm (a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain). He has since undergone two surgeries, but “will not be 100% fit” by the start of SAXON’s UK tour. However, he “will be at the shows to meet and great the VIP ticket holders,” according to a posting on the SAXON Facebook page.

Later today (Jan 2, 2015) check https://www.facebook.com/saxon for a video statement from Nigel who is supposed to be released from hospital tomorrow!

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Saxon w support on Warriors Of the Road 35th anniversary world tour – European leg – 2014 at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark

December 13th, 2014

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Saxon – headline act

Warriors Of the Road 35th anniversary world tour:  European leg 2014

Skid Row – special guest
Halcyon Way – support act

Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
12/11 – 2014

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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SAXON DRUMMER NIGEL GLOCKLER UNDERGOES SECOND SURGERY FOR BRAIN ANEURYSM

December 11th, 2014

saxon_logo_2_kb_2014 (2)Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler was rushed to hospital on Monday night after suffering a brain aneurysm (a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain). A second surgery had to be performed after the first one was not successful. His wife Gina Glockler has issued the following update after the second surgery:

“Nigel’s surgery went according to plan & (he’s) resting tonight. I hope to post more info as I have it, and hopefully a message from the man himself!!

Thank you all for the support, it really means so much.

Gina, Justin & Madeline”

Saxon have been forced to cancel their upcoming UK dates, which were due to be the culmination of 38-date European tour Warriors of the Road celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The set list featured tracks from what is known to the fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums Wheels Of Steel, Strong Arm Of The Law and Denim And Leather.

The following shows are re-scheduled as follows: Tickets are valid for the new dates.

February
3 – Newcastle, England – Academy
4 – Nottingham, England – Rock City
5 – Wolverhampton, England – Wulfrun Hall
6 – Oxford, England – Academy
7 – London, England  – Shepherds Bush Empire

The band and management would like to apologise to all involved for any inconvenience caused.

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SAXON – Warriors Of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II

October 6th, 2014
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SAXON – Warriors Of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II

Legendary British Heavy Metal masters follow-up the 2001 “Chronicles” release with a DVD/CD triple-disc set.

SAXON, one of worldwide most loved, respected and heard Heavy Metal heroes, continue their detailed documentation of life on the road with Warriors Of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II, to be released worldwide on October 24th 2014 and featuring extensive coverage of their 2013 appearance at the UK’s Steelhouse Festival plus full-sets from the Wacken and Download festivals in 2012 and Graspop in 2013. A further bonus disc will carry the Steelhouse Festival set on CD.

Saxon – Warriors of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II – This jam-packed collection of some recent Saxon road triumphs is the successor to 2001’s Chronicles release, which admirably documented many elements of Saxon’s earlier career. Warriors Of The Road… proudly maintains that tradition and bumps it up a notch by charting the return of the famous stage eagle back from Hamburg to a British show for the first time in decades, documenting the Steelhouse Festival from dawn until long after the midnight hour. In the process, fans are given further personal insights into the band members, Paul Quinn (guitar), Nibbs Carter (bass), Nigel Glockler (drums) and Doug Scarratt (guitar) and the main man, Biff Byford.
Tales of tea and other leaves are told among other stories which come together to explain why the boys have enjoyed such an amazing, enduring and successful Sax-life on the road for 35 years.

To celebrate Warriors Of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II the band will be doing what they instinctively know best as they hit the road for a 36-date European tour which starts in Athens, Greece on October 25th and ends on December 13th in the UK at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire … with plenty of Europe in the middle!

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Bloodstock Open Air 2014

August 29th, 2014

Bloodstock Open Air 2014

@ Catton Hall Derbyshire

7th- 10th August 2014

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Photography by Michelle Murphy 

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Bloodstock has become something of a staple holiday for many metal heads, with its fine selection of musical delights, the drinking until dawn, great company, dressing up and of course the bin jousting! What more could you want besides all of this?

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Saxon on Mini Tour Of Europe – 2014 Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

April 16th, 2014


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Saxon – headline act

Mini Tour Of Europe – 2014

Dirty Passion – support act

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

9/3 – 2014

Live reviews and photos by: Anders Sandvall

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British Heavy Metal Legends SAXON to Release Live Album “St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live In Manchester” – April 29

March 4th, 2014

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Each year, British heavy metal legends SAXON honor a fine tradition of paying homage to England’s patron Saint George by putting on a spectacular annual show on St. George’s Day (April 23rd). The band’s new live album, St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live in Manchester, was recorded at last year’s performance on that special day, specifically at The Ritz in Manchester, England during the band’s ‘Sacrifice World Tour’. The album, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap and produced by SAXON vocalist Biff Byford, hits stores in the U.S. on April 29, 2014 via UDR Music.

This 2 CD set (also available in digital format) finds a blistering performance covering a collection of SAXON’s finest work from 1979 up to 2013. A very special rendition of ‘Broken Heroes’ goes straight to the heart and is dedicated to The British Armed Forces. This is SAXON at their best – a real treasure rejoicing every fan.

St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live in Manchester tracklisting:
CD 1 – running time 61:05 minutes

01 Sacrifice
02 Wheels Of Terror
03 Power And The Glory
04 Made In Belfast
05 Rock’n Roll Gypsy
06 And The Bands Played On
07 I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
08 Night Of The Wolf
09 Conquistador
10 Broken Heroes
11 Guardians of The Tomb

CD 2 – running time 59:08 minutes

01 Never Surrender
02 Ride Like The Wind
03 Crusader
04 Stand Up And Fight
05 Dallas I PM
06 747 (Strangers In The Night)
07 Wheels Of Steel
08 Strong Arm Of The Law
09 Denim And Leather
10 Princess of The Night

SAXON’s most recent studio album, Unplugged and Strung Up, debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, as well as #89 on the Top Rock chart in its first week of release! Unplugged and Strung Up is an amazing full-length release of fresh twists on classic tracks. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as ‘Motorcycle Man’, ‘Strong Arm of the Law’ and ‘Dallas 1pm’, it is a quintessential part of any collection. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK last year, Biff and co. re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ and ‘Crusader’ by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. ‘Frozen Rainbow’ from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst ‘Red Star Falling’ soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally-arranged dovetail. Buy your copy today – available in digipack version – here via Amazon.

For more information on both releases, please visit www.saxon747.com and www.udr-music.com.

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SAXON: “Unplugged and Strung Up” Debuts at #52

December 6th, 2013

SAXON: “Unplugged and Strung Up” Debuts at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart + New Music Video for “Frozen Rainbow” Released
 
“Unplugged and Strung Up” – New Album of Alternative Takes on Classic Favorites is in Stores Now via UDR Music

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British heavy metal legends SAXON are pleased to announce that their new album, Unplugged and Strung Up, debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, as well as #89 on the Top Rock chart! If that wasn’t enough, the band also has a new music video available for viewing now. The music video showcases the beautiful new rendition of ‘Frozen Rainbow’. Take a look here: http://youtu.be/4CJwkDjtzKM

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SAXON – Unplugged and Strung Up on November 18th, 2013

September 27th, 2013
SAXON - Unplugged And Strung Up

SAXON – Unplugged And Strung Up

The British heavy metal legends produce a series of alternative takes on classic favorites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal.

There is always feral beauty in a raging beast…and with Unplugged and Strung Up, Saxon’s selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.

Unplugged and Strung Up reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic Saxon songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK earlier this year, Biff and co re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Crusader” by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. “Frozen Rainbow” from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst “Red Star Falling” soars and sweeps the emotions with it’s orchestrally-arranged dovetail.

As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, Saxon superfans and collectors can purchase a digipack version of the release which will include 2002’s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits Heavy Metal Thunder. Featuring staple Saxon stormers such as “Motorcycle Man”, “Strong Arm of the Law” and “Dallas 1pm” it is a quintessential part of any collection.

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