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Saxon

Formed: 1977
From: Barnsley, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Saxon News

Below is our complete Saxon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Saxon Adds More European Shows

Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about adding more European tour dates this summer:

"We are happy to announce that Saxon will not rest and have extended their Sacrifice World Tour - starting their continental European tour leg in lovely Sweden. Rest assured that this will not be all - we will be announcing further dates to complete our World run and be back with some great surprises!"

07.06.13 SE Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
08.06.13 DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
10.06.13 CZ Brno - Fleda
11.06.13 AT Vienna - Arena
12.06.13 SL Ljubljana - Cvetlicarna
14.06.13 IT Florence - Viper
15.06.13 IT Rome - Orion
16.06.13 IT Milan - Magazzini Generali
18.06.13 ES Barcelona - Bikini
19.06.13 ES Madrid - Sala Arena
21.06.13 FR Clisson - Hellfest Festival
22.06.13 DE Sankt Goarshausen - Metalfest
23.06.13 CH Lucerne - Konzerthaus Schüür
24.06.13 CH Solothum - Kofmhel
26.06.13 DE Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
27.06.13 DE Memmingen - Kaminwerk
28.06.13 DE Osnabrück - Halle Gartlage
29.06.13 BE Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting More...

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Saxon Comments On Upcoming Shows

Saxon has checked in with the following statement about the support act for upcoming U.K. shows:

"We are proud to announce that Birmingham Hard Rockers Redline will be supporting Saxon on their UK leg of the Sacrifice World Tour this April/May.

"Redline are hitting the road to promote their new album 'VICE,' which features 'King Of The Mountain,' the official anthem and TV soundtrack to the Isle of Man TT Motorcycle Races. A thunderous set of "in your face rock" awaits...balls to the wall guitars, a locked and loaded rhythm section and a real powerhouse of a vocalist, Redline are sure to impress with their own brand of Hard Rock and British Heavy Metal."

The band also recently commented on a new South American tour date: "We are more than happy to let you know that we have confirmed one more show in South America on March 30th! Saxon will headline the Gillmanfest in Caracas, Venezuela! Hope to see many Metal heads down there! Keep The Faith!" More...

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Saxon Posts Video Update Online

Saxon will be releasing new album "Sacrifice" in February of the coming new year, and now the band has also posted a brief video clip online wishing fans a happy 2013. Check out the video clip below, and look for more info on "Sacrifice" to come shortly.

"Less tricks, more power!" roars front man and founding father Biff Byford while commenting on the new music, "my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration."

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Saxon Adds More Live Shows

Saxon has announced an international release for "Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie" this month, and the band will also be releasing new album "Sacrifice" in February next year. The band has now checked in with the following update about new South American shows:

"Hello Saxon Universe, for all our fans south of the border, we are happy to announce 3 more dates to our 2013 Sacrifice World Tour:

24.03.2013 - Mexico City - Plaza Condesa
26.03.2013 - Sao Paulo - A Seringueira
28.12.2013 - Buenos Aires - El Teatro Flores

"Historically, these have been 3 of our favorite cities to perform in and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

"Stay tuned for more updates and news! Keep the faith!"

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Saxon Announces DVD's International Release

Saxon will be releasing the new album "Sacrifice" this coming February, and now the band has also posted the following announcement about an international release for the "Heavy Metal Thunder" movie:

"The silver eagle has finally landed for audiences worldwide! After enjoying a limited 'Fan Club Only' UK release, 'Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie,' Saxon's wonderfully unfiltered and intimate account of their ascent to the upper echelons of heavy metal, will finally enjoy an international release this December.

"Rivetingly honest, and including the frank memories of every musician who has played in the band, 'Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie' pieces together the earliest incarnations of Saxon, from frontman Biff Byford's teenage years in the coalmines of 'Yorkshire' and 'Son Of A Bitch' (the first incarnation of Saxon) all the way through to top 10 hits and world tours. Nothing is forsaken and nothing skipped. 'Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie' will entertain, engage and charm fans and non-fans alike. That's a truth as honest as the film itself…

"The exclusive fan packages contain not only the Blu-Ray or 2 Disc-DVD, but also a Saxon 'Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie' T-Shirt! Order now online at UDR Shop or Digital Stores." More...

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Saxon Comments On Upcoming Album "Sacrifice"

Saxon will release the new album "Sacrifice" this coming February 2013 through UDR as the successor to previous album "A Call To Arms."

"Less tricks, more power!" roars frontman and founding father Biff Byford, "my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration." The following press release was also issued about the album:

"The album was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and engineering by Jacky Lehmann. It fairly bristles with muscular metallic intent, Paul Quinn's and Doug Scarratt's guitar work the best it's ever been, while Biff's vocals sound fresher and livelier. The songwriting too harks back to a classic era in Saxon's history, with the likes of 'Warriors Of The Road,' 'Wheels Of Terror,' and 'Stand Up And Fight' evoking the halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist, the classic Saxon sound absorbing the snarl, ferocity and attitude of contemporary bands (and fans) such as Megadeth, as evidenced by the crunching title cut 'Sacrifice.'"

"It's certainly been done from a more early '80s thrashier perspective," explains Biff, "and it's not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly, they've got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective."

Besides the new material, Saxon will also be adding some unique recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release, also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an orchestrated version of 'Crusader' and an acoustic version of 'Frozen Rainbow.'

"From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw aspects which made us great in the first place," concludes Biff, "And living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon-songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon fresher than ever."

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Brian Slagel Talks 30 Years Of Metal Blade

Fuse TV has launched an exclusive interview with Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, which can be viewed below or over at Fuse.tv.

The interview, conducted at the Metal Blade offices, will give fans insights into Slagel's favorite bands, how the label has evolved, bands the label has missed out on and discovered throughout its three decades in business. Slagel also discusses 30 years of the label's history, with stories about Metallica, Slayer, GWAR, and Cannibal Corpse.

Metal Blade Records will be wrapping up 30th anniversary celebrations for 2012 with a show on November 30th at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Show headliners Armored Saint will be joined by newcomers Gypsyhawk, as well as a special, short set from thrash legends Sacred Reich.

Additional special guests confirmed for the show include Amon's Amarth's Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King's X. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout their set to perform a variety of cover songs. That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson are confirmed to host the event. More...

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Saxon To Play Bang Your Head Fest

Saxon has checked in with the following update about an upcoming festival appearance and continuing work on a new album:

"We are still busy with the last final details for the new album! Major announcement regarding the new album will follow shortly!

"In the meantime we want to thank you all for your support! That gives us the strength and the will to move on and to work as hard as we can! Your support is not only viewable in all the nice letters and emails and everything you are sending but also in the fantastic amount of Facebook followers! We have reached the unbelievable number of 70,273!!!

"To give you a little bit back we confirmed to play the Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany on the second July weekend. The great thing is that we don't just play a 'normal' headline gig. We are bringing the mighty 'Heavy Metal Thunder' production we already used on this years Wacken Festival! We will see where else we are able to take this production and keep you of course updated. Further live dates will be also announced soon." More...

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Saxon Issues Update On New Album

Saxon has issued the following statement about progress on the band's new album and upcoming tour dates:

"Hi everybody! Saxon has never been a lazy band and especially this year we have been extremely busy! After we played several festivals all across Europe and some great gigs together with Judas Priest and the very first Hamburg Metal Days - we have almost finished the new album. The mix is done and the mastering is almost finished.

"We have guys who are right now putting the last details together and working bits and pieces out for the artwork. Watch out for further news releases like album cover, track list, some more behind the scenes info etc. Since most of album production work is done, the band can't keep their feet still and have decided to play a very short Christmas run of 3 dates:

07.12.2012 CH Bern - Metal Christmas Festival
08.12.2012 NL Haarlem - Patronaat
09.12.2012 NL Roermund - ECI More...

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Saxon Issues Album Update

Saxon has issued the following update about progress on the band's upcoming new studio album:

"Hi all, we're just mixing the album at Andy Sneap's studio. Like to say a big thank you to all at LS Live in east Kirkby for building a studio for us, and Jackie for engineering the album.

"Paul Gregory is doing the album art work again for us and it's all looking and sounding great. Should have some new dates up on the site soon.

"Keep the faith,

"Biff."

You can also check out a previously posted video update from the band shortly after the recording process was finished at this location.

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Saxon Finishes Recording New Album

British heavy metal legends Saxon have announced that they have completed recording their new studio album, the first since 2011's, "Call To Arms." The record is expected to be released in February of next year and will be mixed by Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with the likes of Megadeth, Testament and Exodus. You can view a short video update from lead singer Biff Byford below:

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Saxon Comments On Upcoming Live Appearances

Saxon, which recently posted in-studio recording footage, has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and update about releasing a new album:

"Hi everybody! We have finally reached the point where we are all going on holiday and will hopefully be enjoying the well deserved time off!

"We've had a very successful year so far. The festivals and the shows with Judas Priest were a blast and the recent festival run with one of the all time band highlights at Wacken Open Air will never be forgotten! A great big thanks to our amazing crew who did a fantastic job - to say this in (correct) 'Wacken' terms: the band was good but the crew were brilliant!

"The progress of the new album is quite far - just some final vocals and a few last bits and pieces are missing. Most likely, our mate Andy Sneap is going to mix the album.

"As we said on our press conference at Wacken, we are looking at a release date in February. Our touring plans for the upcoming world tour 2013, as we are setting them up right now, will kick of in the states with one of our highlights, the Monsters Of Rock Cruise (we have just confirmed this). This is very special for us as we have been a major part of the Monsters Of Rock history and we are proud to be still part of it today. More...

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Saxon Posts In Studio Video Footage Pt. II

Legendary U.K. metal band Saxon posted the second in a series of in studio videos as the band lays down the recordings to the yet untitled follow up to the 2011 release "Call to Arms" with Sabbat/Return to Sabbat guitarist and highly touted producer Andy Sneap. The album is expected to drop in February 2013.

Check out the footage here:

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Saxon Posts More In-Studio Footage

Saxon is currently in the studio laying down tracks for an upcoming new full-length album. The band has now posted another brief video update from the recording process, which can be viewed below, or you can find the last studio video update at this location. Further details on the upcoming release will be announced as they are made available.

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Saxon Posts Studio Video Update

Saxon is currently in the process of working on a new studio album, and the band has now checked in with a brief video clip, which can be viewed below. Saxon's Biff Byford also commented, "Hi all, just back from Romania In Studio. Doing Paul's solo on song about the F1: A Great Moment."

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Saxon Video Interview From Download Available

Saxon's Biff Byford spoke with Total Rock Radio backstage following the band's 5th historic Donington appearance at this years Download Festival. Video from the interview has now been posted online and can be viewed in the player below.

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Saxon Comments On Postponed Show

Saxon has issued the following announcement about postponing the band's show in Hatfield due to vocal issues:

"Hi everybody, we are in the middle of our studio work and recording right now some vocals. I have got a throat infection and it hurts quite a bit. We have made the decision to postpone the show in Hatfield into September/October.

"It would be too risky to play an hour and 45 minutes and drive after the show up to Donington as we are on quite early and this could be a serious damage to my voice. Because of this we are thinking that we shouldn't risk the Download appearance and album. We are very sorry to cause you problems with travel and hotels but hopefully letting you know early is better than finding out the night before. It's not cancelled! We will let you know a new date ASAP and maybe we play you a couple of new songs. I hope you all understand and have a great time at Donington!"

The band also followed that message up with the following addendum:

"Saxon is playing Download! To avoid any misunderstandings we want to let everybody know that Saxon only postponed their Show in Hatfield. That won't effect their appearance in Donington!

"Saxon are really looking forward to the Show at Download and are sure to celebrate a fantastic gig! See ya all in Donington!"

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Saxon Announces More Festival Appearances

Saxon has issued the following announcement about adding on two more festival appearances in the coming months:

"We are happy to announce two more festivals for the upcoming summer! On Saturday 30th June we are rocking Bucharest on the Tuborg Green Fest!

"Further we are also rocking Lokeren in Belgium on the Lokerse Feesten! We hope to see you there and we are looking forward to rock the halls next week with Judas Priest."

Saxon is also currently in the process of writing for an upcoming full-length album.

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Saxon Cancels Metal Open Air Appearance

Saxon, which is in the process of working on a new album, has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced Metal Open Air appearance:

"Saxon is sad to announce that they have to cancel the performance at Metal Open Air in Sao Luis Brazil due to a serious breach of contract by the promoters. Having waited since march the 15th for the fee to arrive as of Friday 2pm no money has arrived.

"No explanation has been given and Saxon feel being treated with little respect. We left in the situation today and the band with their bags packed and ready to leave but it is impossible to travel all the way with at least some of the fee!

"We are really sorry for all our fans there but we are sure that you all can understand that people have to working in a professional way and fulfil their contractual obligations! We are trying to come back to Brazil next year on our world tour and do a special show for the people in that area."

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Saxon To Record New Album

Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album, which is expected to be released early next year:

"Hi everybody! We are very busy these days with the new album and we have already a few ideas together. I am writing melodies and lyrics and arranging them into songs. We will give the rest of the band a break for hols. After that we have a full session in April before heading to the mighty sugar loaf and rock Sao Luis! We are really looking forward to coming back to celebrate an awesome party with our South American fans! Needless to say that the Rock In Den Ruinen Festival in Germany is also going to be great!

"And don't forget: Our new DVD will hit the stores in April! We are very proud of this product as it reflex Saxon at its best: Big productions, great performances and a fabulous audience!!! We will keep you updated where you can get the special limited fan edition! More...

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