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Saxon Sends A Thunderbolt To The Bath Forum With Doro

It's funny the places metal gigs can take place. From stadiums to high school gymnasiums, leisure centres to the green fields of the countryside. On this night, British heavy metal legends Saxon brought thirty nine years worth of head banging to The Forum, an all seated venue in the well to do town of Bath. They were in good company too, bringing with them German trailblazer Doro Pesch and Toby Jepson's new band, Wayward Sons. While we came to rock out, did we actually get out of our seats? Read on, MacDuff.

Opening the show was Wayward Sons, the latest band to feature vocalist Toby Jepson, formerly of such bands as Little Angles, Gun and Fastway. Having only formed in 2016 and released their debut album, "Ghosts Of Yet To Come" this past September, they're still a very young band in the eyes and ears of most people. Security unfortunately decided to enforce their seated only policy for the openers, which made it a little difficult to gauge peoples' reaction, though they received a strong round of applause every time they finished a song. By the end of their set, a few devoted fans to the audience left were stood, fists pounding and heads banging. Wayward Sons, though security did their best to prevent it, were a success.

Following Wayward Sons, we have a true icon of heavy metal. German vocalist Doro Pesch with her eponymous band, taking to the stage in a shroud of smoke and glory, the Düsseldorf native charged into the Warlock classic, "I Rule The Ruins," with tremendous energy, causing many more to challenge the seating rule, filling up the aisles with a display of passion and excitement that only heavy metal can produce until before long, security conceded defeat and allowed people to come to the front of the stage.

Of course, there was plenty on offer from Doro's stunning new double album, "Forever Warriors, Forever United" including "Bastardos" and "All For Metal," along with a debut performance of "Blood, Sweat and Rock & Roll." Naturally there was plenty more from the relatively short but powerful Warlock catalogue too such as "Burning The Witches," "Für Immer" and "Metal Racer," before seemingly concluding the set with the anthem, "All We Are," though fan response necessitated a return to the stage and a rendition of "Revenge" from the "Strong and Proud" album.

Finally we come to the headliners of the evening, Barnsley's own, Saxon. Opening with the title track from their new album, "Thunderbolt," the crowd, who had mostly traveled to Somerset, received the quintet with rapturous enthusiasm. Following "Sacrifice," I had to go backstage a for a while to conduct an interview with Doro (which can be seen below) but when I came back, hardly anyone was sitting down, as the Yorkshire terriers put on a masterclass of metal. All the old favourites were there tonight, from "Dallas 1PM" to "And The Bands Played On."

It must be said that the material from "Thunderbiolt" sounds incredible live, with particular praise going to the Motorhead tribute, "They Played Rock and Roll," the Lemmy sample in which resulted in a massive cheer from the crowd. Other favourites including "747 (Strangers in the Night)" and "Princess of the Night" went down a storm, before two encores first consisting of "The Eagle Has Landed" and "Heavy Metal Thunder," followed by a one two punch of classics in "Wheels Of Steel" and "Denim and Leather" perfectly rounded off the night. All in all, this was a fine example of why the legends are legends and why no matter how far metal music evolves, experiments and progresses, nothing quite touches old school heavy metal.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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1. k to the mad writes:

Saxon is highly underrated. Imho they should be up there with Priest, Maiden and Sabbath as one of the best bands in British Heavy Metal.

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