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Saxon frontman Biff Byford has posted the following blog online:
"Just got to say, I’d like to thank John Jackson and Steve Strange for helping to hook us up.
Next day arrive in Rock im Park, another great festival on the club stage. This one’s even bigger, it’s a small sports stadium. We got the best place today because the god of rock threw down buckets of rain on our heads. With echoes of 'lets have a drink tomorrow' the last thing we said, the gig got under way with AIRBORNE - another great set. Got a call from Steve who I think is Lars (Ulrich)'s assistant - we should get together with the boys again which was cool."
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British heavy metal legends Saxon have announced that they will be releasing their new album in October, though no release date has been given as of yet. The band will also embark on a U.K. tour with Motorhead and Danko Jones, with the following dates confirmed:
3 - Wolverhampton, England at Civic Hall
4 - Ipswich, England at Ipswich Regent
6 - Brighton, England at Brighton Dome
7 - Newcastle, England at Academy
8 - Sheffield, England at Academy
10 - Glasgow, Scotland at Academy
11 - Leicester, England at De Montfort Hall
12 - Southhampton, England at Guildhall
14 - Manchester, England at Apollo
15 - Cardiff, England at University
17 - Cambridge, England at Corn Exchange
18 - Bristol, England at Colston Hall
19 - Exeter, England at University
21 - Norwich, England at UEA
22 - London, England at Hammersmith Apollo
SAXON frontman Biff Byford has issued the following update:
"We took off the link, this is the official website of the band we understand that it was put on in total innocence but until OLIVER/DAWSON decide to stop trying to undermine the achievements of this band we will continue not to support them in anyway if and when they stop trying to con people and concede that times have changed can we enter into any conciliatory talks.
Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.
The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.
Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.
Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...
Legendary British heavy metal act Saxon have been booked to perform at the UK's Download Festival at Donington Park, Leicestershire which will be held between the 13th and 15th of June. More bands are expected to be announced soon.
After a year-long search, Canadian power metal outfit Savage Blade are excited to announce the addition of lead vocalist Nikko Forsberg. Bringing an instantly memorable classic metal voice and commanding stage presence to the fold, this ex-Mormon wild child has proven to be the perfect fit for the true metal sound of Savage Blade.
The Blade is currently producing their debut album "We Are The Hammer" in Nelson BC, Canada, with the services of producer/engineer Andy Chute. Fueled by the NWOBHM and the classic power metal bands of the early eighties, Savage Blade pledge to Kill ’Em All For One. "We Are The Hammer" will be released in North America on indie label Black Banana Records, with European distribution to be handled by German-based Underground Power. In true 80's metal fashion, the band plans to release the album for retail on vinyl and cassette only, with online digital downloads available for free.
As a pre-album teaser, and in tribute to one of their biggest influences, the band has posted their cover version of the classic Saxon track, "Dallas 1PM," on their MySpace page.
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends SAXON have updated their summer tour itinerary.
The Saxon schedule is now as follows:
23 - London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire (with GIRLSCHOOL & SWEET SAVAGE)
30 - Tokyo, Japan - O East
1 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
2 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
5 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
6 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
7 - Sydney, Australia - The Forum
6 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
7 - Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
8 - Nürnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
21 - Basque, Spain - Kobetasonik Festival
27 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival
5 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Rock Seaside
12 - Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona Metal Open Air Festival
18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz Open Air
26 - Lichtenvoorde, Holland - Zwarte Cross Festival
It's been announced that a new DVD entitled Iron Maiden And The New Wave Of British Of Heavy Metal will be released on June 10th via MVD Entertainment. The documentary is described by its distributors as follows:
"Back in 1976, nobody really knew that there was an old wave of British Heavy Metal. But within two years of their formation, Iron Maiden had spearheaded what came to be abbreviated the NWOBHM, and as with punk the year before, a new generation of Rock musicians bought in a new wave of the genre - and in the process made loud, raw, heavy rock the global phenomenon it is today. For the first time this film investigates this New Wave - the bands, the records, the media and the series of unconnected events that led to this astonishing, durable and still hugely relevant form which is still heard today in virtually every rock record released. Focusing on Maiden and the other pivotal bands of the time, such as SAXON, SAMSON, PRAYING MANTIS, DIAMOND HEAD, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and many others, this DVD is the ultimate expose of a style that may not get as much press as punk, but is equally as relevant to the music of the second millennium. It features rare footage of all the main NWOBHM bands; Live and studio recordings of the pivotal tracks; Scarce news items and archive of the movement, from the time, as it unfolded around the UK; Seldom seen photographs, many from private collections. It also includes exclusive interviews with many of the major players, including, Iron Maiden's PAUL DIANNO and Dennis Stratton, Diamond Head's Brian Tatler, Tygers Of Pan Tang's Rob Weir, Samson's legendary drummer Thundersticks, Tino and Chris Troy from Praying Mantis, the current line-up of GIRLSCHOOL and many other high profile names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. There's also commentary, review and expertise from; Malcolm Dome [Kerrang, Classic Rock] Jerry Ewing [Metal Hammer, Classic Rock] Geoff Barton [staff writer at Sounds during the New Wave] Garry Bushell [Sounds journalist and champion of NWOBHM] Neil Kay [legendary metal DJ from the Soundhouse club] and British metal author and journalist, Joel McIver."
In addition to the documentary, there will also be extended interviews and a NWOBHM interactive challenge.
British heavy metal legends SAXON have issued the following update:
"Unfortunately the gig tomorrow (March 9) in Budapest [Hungary] is cancelled. We're waiting for a statement from the promoter and will post as soon as we have news."
Upcoming SAXON shows:
Apr. 23 - London, UK - St George Day, Shepherds Bush Empire
Apr. 30 - Tokyo, Japan - On Air East
May 01 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
May 02 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
May 05 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
May 06 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
May 07 - Sydney, Australia - The Forum
Jun. 06 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival 2008
Jul. 18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz Festival
ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.
British heavy metal legends SAXON have scheduled the following dates:
Mar. 07 - ESP Granada Atarfe Festival
Mar. 09 - HUN Budapest Rockfest
Apr. 23 - UK London Shepherd's Bush Empire
Apr. 30 - JP Tokyo O East
May 01 - JP Nagoya Club Quattro
May 02 - JP Osaka Club Quattro
May 05 - AUS Brisbane The Arena
May 06 - AUS Melbourne Billboard
May 07 - AUS Sydney The Forum
Jun. 28 - GER Balingen Bang Your Head Festival
Jun. 06 - SWE Sölvesborg Swedenrock Festival
Jul. 18 - GER Osterrode Rock Harz Festival
SAXON have updated their tour schedule to reveal the following dates:
7 - Granada, Spain - Atarfe Vega Rock Festival
9 - Budapest, Hungary - Rockfest
23 - London, England - St George Day, Shepherds Bush Empire
6 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival 2008
18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz More...
SAXON vocalist Biff Byford has posted this message on the band's official website:
"Hi all you lot,
Hope you all had a good year. Just like to explain the idea behind the set list concept. It should be SAXON songs with an English theme or connection, not British! There will be a prize for the most interesting set, 15 songs, you can explain the connection, if its not obvious give a short reason .e.g 'Battle Cry'... it's about the Battle of Culloden between the Scotts and English. The prize will be an exclusive guitar from DEAN with St. Georges cross art work, two tickets for a 2008 SAXON show, two t-shirts and a chance to visit the band at the studio or back stage. The contest is only through Metal Hammer UK so get thinking. Write your list to: saxon[at]futurenet.co.uk.
Live to rock!"
Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
The latest act confirmed CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.
Acts on board for the festival now include: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, OBITUARY, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID, MADBALL.
According to Ashladan.be, legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AT THE GATES
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
MY DYING BRIDE
OBITUARY recently shot a video for the song "Evil Ways" with comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher.
"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".
Roadrunner Records has set a January 29, 2008 release date for a "best-of" collection from legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY. Entitled, appropriately enough, "The Best of Obituary", the CD will feature the following track listing:
01. Internal Bleeding
02. 'Til Death
03. Slowly We Rot
04. Cause Of Death
05. Chopped In Half
06. Turned Inside Out
07. The End Complete
08. I'm In Pain
09. Don't Care
10. Final Thoughts
11. Kill For Me
12. Threatening Skies
13. On The Floor
British heavy metal legends SAXON have issued the following update:
"Unfortunately we can't make it to the Rock Radio anniversary in Glasgow, Scotland because the band is writing the new album and Biff [Byford; vocals] has a serious, serious cold. We thank you for your understanding!"
UK metal legends SAXON - complete with their special Eagle Lights Set - are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which takes place March 7th - 8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).
Confirmed acts on the bill now include: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SAXON, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED, WITHIN TEMPTATION.
Metal-Experience.com recently conducted an interview with SAXON frontman Biff Byford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Metal-Experience.com: Can we go back to your latest album "The Inner Sanctum" for a moment? What do you think are the main differences between "The Inner Sanctum" and "Lionheart"?
Biff: All the obvious things, really. It's obviously a different album! It's very difficult to pin down. The thing is, we're not predictable, we don't do the same thing over and over again, if you know what I mean, musically, anyway. Lyrically, I do cover the same ground a bit. You can't really tell where we're going with the different styles sometimes. I just think that "Lionheart" was a very British album and "Inner Sanctum" is not. The "Inner Sanctum" album is half rock 'n' roll and half full-on heavy metal and I think we explored that more on this album than we did on "Lionheart". I think we found a unique goal for ourselves there. It has a fresh sound but some of the songs are quite traditional.
Metal-Experience.com: How do you work when you're writing a new album?
Biff: Well, we're usually just banging things around. I have a studio and me and Paul are actually in there at the moment, we're writing songs right now for the next album.
Metal-Experience.com: What is the utmost important ingredient for a SAXON song?
Biff: The first thing we like to get, although we don't always get it, is the guitar riff, the main riff that starts the song. It's always good to have that. It might only last thirty seconds but we like a nice riff to start with! And then basically we'll work it from there, arranging and picking a format. Along the way we'll decide whether it's going to stay in the same feel or the same tempo or whether we're going to branch off and go on to other things. And then I'll be putting melodies on there and the last thing that really goes on are the lyrics.
Metal-Experience.com: How important is it to you that people listen to the lyrics?
Biff: Well, it's quite important. If you're doing a song about something that means something, you know, not just a song about driving cars fast, but something like "Red Star Falling", I think it's important that people listen but whether they do or not, I don't know. I know I don't! (laughs) I'm a vocalist and I usually just listen to the choruses and the first verse, that's it! So I'm just as bad as everybody else. It's just how people are, really. Some people really get off on the lyrics, and some people don't. I get off on writing the lyrics. If I'm doing something that's historic or if I'm writing about something that's important to me, then it matters. I spend a lot of time writing lyrics but I don't know if people actually listen to them. I think maybe people read them in the booklet. Look at some of our older songs, "Crusader", for instance, everybody knows the first verse and the chorus, but does anybody know all the verses? The chorus is usually the thing people remember best, especially with SAXON.
Metal-Experience.com: What's your opinion on the heavy metal scene these days, is there anything missing?
Biff: I think it's great at the moment, actually. Our album sales our going up, we've just been to Japan, which was fantastic and we did a sold-out festival in England. Magazines are selling more, websites are doing well. Our website is up to date now and we do a podcast now and then, you have to not be scared to show how it really is. We're really into that, into the instant thing you can do with your website. You just have to be not too bothered about looking fantastic all the time! In the real world nobody ever does, do they?!
Read the full article at Metal-Experience.
German metallers EVIDENCE ONE have posted this message on their official website:
Safely, exhausted, but satisfied we got back from our trip with the mighty SAXON! All we can say, is thank you! Thank you to our crew Franky, Seegi, Mike and Gerassi; to our ever-patient driver Norman; to SAXON and their crew; to ICS for giving us the opportunity to present our sound to new people once again; simply to every local involved in making this the most remarkable and unstressful tour, we've ever had. And finally: To YOU! All you crazy bastards rocking, sweating and banging with us in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium and the Czech Republic! Thanx so much!!! And by the way: We'll be back!!!
Hutch, Schimmi, Bernd, Barish and Lizard
P.S. If you got any pix of our shows, no matter what quality they might be of, please send them to over via e-mail.
P.P.S. Merry X-mas everyone and happy and rocking 2008!"
Night of the Vinyl Dead will reissue SAXON's "Dogs of War" and MERCYFUL FATE's "Into the Unknown" albums on limited-edition vinyl this month. The details are as follows:
SAXON - "Dogs of War" (originally released by SPV in 1995)
* Limited-edition sandy vinyl plus bonus SAXON stickers set
* Hand-numbered 333 copies
01. Dogs Of War
02. Burning Wheels
03. Don't Worry
04. Big Twin Rolling Coming Home
05. Hold On
01. The Great While Battle
02. Demolition Alley
03. Walking Through Tokyo
04. Give it All Away
05. Yesterdays Gone
MERCYFUL FATE – "Into the Unknown" (originally released by Metal Blade in 1996)
* Limited-edition sunset vinyl
* Hand-numbered 500 copies
02. The Uninvited Guest
03. Ghost Of Change
04. Listen To The Bell
05. Fifteen Men (And A Bottle Of Rum)
01. Into The Unknown
02. Under The Spell
04. Holy Water
05. Ktulu (The Mad Arab Part II)