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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."
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...
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...
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...
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,
You can also check out a previously posted video update from the band shortly after the recording process was finished at this location.
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:
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...
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:
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.
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."
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.
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!"
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.
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."
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...
Saxon has posted another podcast online discussing the band's new live DVD. You can check out the clip below, and Saxon also commented:
"As promised here is the second podcast from Saxon regarding the new Live DVD 'Heavy Metal Thunder Live - Eagles Over Wacken Podcast No.2' This time Nigel Glockler, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt speak about the experiences they made during the past Wacken Open Air's in 2004, 2007, 2009. Have Fun!
"As promised here are the first track lists. Today with the Best of W:O:A 2009, 2007 and 2004 and with the special audio recordings from the Glasgow show on the 14th of April. Both included in the DVD+CD Digipack Version of 'Heavy Metal Thunder Live - Eagles Over Wacken.'"
The track listing is as follows: More...
Legendary U.K. metal band Saxon announced that the band will perform at this year's Download Festival in Donnington this year, which runs from June 8-10, 2012. The band will play the main stage on Saturday, June 9, 2012 with Metallica and Tenacious D.
Saxon's announcement reads as follows:
"Back in Donington! We are more than happy to announce that Saxon will perform on the mighty Download festival in UK!
"After the superior performances in 2008 & 2010 and the legendary gig in 1980 (which was recorded and released as a bonus disc on the latest Saxon album 'Call To Arms') and the storming gig in 1982, Saxon will rock the main stage together with bands like Metallica, Tenacious D, Steel Panther and and and...
"This will be the 5th Saxon appearance in Donington! Follow the call to arms and march to the holy grounds of Castle Donington to celebrate another powerful and great Saxon show!"
For the full lineup for Download, check out the tour poster here: More...
Saxon will be releasing the new DVD "Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles Over Wacken" on April 20th in Europe, April 23rd in the UK, and May 22nd in North America. The band has also now checked in with the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances and broadcasting a live show online:
"We are happy to announce that Saxon is confirmed for the Getaway Rock Festival in Gävle/Gasklockorna in Sweden on weekend of 5th/6th/7th July.
"We will keep you updated and recommend to check our tour section regularly as we have some nice surprises in future!
"Saxon performed the Denim & Leather album at the 2011 Sweden Rocks festival and now you can enjoy it too.
"Sveriges Radio P4 will be broadcasting the show on Saturday March 3rd between 8-9PM, after which it can be heard online for 30 days at this location."
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about the release of a new live DVD:
"We are happy to announce that our new DVD production 'Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles Over Wacken' is now scheduled for release on April 20th in Europe, April 23rd in the UK and May 22nd in North America.
"This has been a long time in the making as it features live performances from the legendary Wacken Open Air festival in Germany dating back to 2004, 2007 and 2009. As they say at Wacken – Thanx for your support!" More...
British heavy metal veterans Saxon have announced that they will be beginning work on their next studio album next week, their first since 2011's, "Call To Arms," which saw top 20 success in both Germany and Sweden. A short update from drummer Nigel Glockler reads:
"Working on getting the home studio tidy and then off next week for writing sessions for the next Saxon album…busy busy busy!"
The band will be performing at several European festivals this Summer, with the following confirmed:
April 28 - Dortmund, Germany - Rock in den Ruinen
May 26 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo (opening for JUDAS PRIEST)
August 2-4 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air