Saxon Debut Title Track Of Upcoming New Album “Thunderbolt”

NWBHM legends Saxon will release their new 22nd studio album, “Thunderbolt”, on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The new outing was once again helmed by producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with Judas Priest, Megadeth among others. The album will feature original artwork by longtime Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.

An official video for the title track can be seen below:

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Saxon Reveals New Album Release Date, Artwork And Tracklisting; Announces European Tour Dates

British heavy metal legends Saxon has revealed further details on their forthcoming new album, “Thunderbolt,” including the artwork, which can be seen below. The record will be released on February 2nd through Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music) and will be followed soon afterwards by a tour of Europe with Diamond Head and Rock Goddess, while Magnum will also be on the bill at the Hull show, with many more dates to be announced next year.

Speaking about the album and tour, frontman Biff Byford stated: “This is album 22 and it’s called ‘Thunderbolt.’ It’s a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with Producer Andy Sneap and it’s finished- ready to be unleashed.Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!

“This is part 1 of the colossal Thunderbolt World tour we’re going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride. It’s gonna be fast and furious, dark and brooding. Monumental riffing and screaming vocals loud and proud it’s going to be a Saxon tour, unique in every way!”

The tracklisting for “Thunderbolt” is as follows:

1. Olympus Rising
2. Thunderbolt
3. The Secret of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
5. They Played Rock and Roll
6. Predator
7. Sons of Odin
8. Sniper
9. A Wizard’s Tale
10. Speed Merchants
11. Roadie’s Song
12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl

The initial tour dates for next year will take place on the following dates:

February 23 – UK, Cardiff University
February 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
February 25 – UK, Hull City Hall
February 27 – Holland, Tilburg 013
February 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
March 1 – Germany, Hannover Capitol
March 2 – Germany, Frankfurt Batschkapp
March 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof

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EPK Video For New Release “Unplugged And Strung Up” Posted By Saxon

Saxon released an EPK video for the new release “Unplugged and Strung Up,” which features clips of the album and interview segments with vocalist Biff Byford. The album drops today via UDR Music.

“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.

The track listing is:

1. Stallions Of The Highway (Remix)
2. Crusader (Orchestrated version)
3. Battle Cry
4. The Eagle Has Landed (Orchestrated version)
5. Red Star Falling (Orchestrated version)
6. Broken Heroes (Orchestrated version)
7. Call To Arms (Orchestrated version)
8. Militia Guard
9. Forever Free (Re-recorded version)
10. Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)
11. Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)
12. Iron Wheels (Live Acoustic version)
13. Requiem (Acoustic version)
14. Coming Home (Acoustic version)

Check out the video here:

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Saxon Announces “Unplugged And Strung Up” Orchestral/Remix Release

British heavy metal legends Saxon have produced a series of alternative takes on classic favorites to herald a new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal. The following statement was issued about the coming “Unplugged and Strung Up” release:

“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, U.K. earlier this year, Unplugged And Strung Up contains re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized versions 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, while Red Star Falling soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestral arranged dovetail.

“As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, Saxon super fans and collectors can purchase a digipak 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.

“The standard single CD of Unplugged And Strung Up will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc Heavy Metal Thunder, and there will be a digital release of the same.”

The “Unplugged and Strung Up” track listing is as follows:

01. Stallions Of The Highway (remix)
02. Crusader (orchestral version)
03. Battle Cry
04. The Eagle Has Landed (orchestral version)
05. Red Star Falling (orchestral version)
06. Broken Heroes (orchestral version)
07. Call To Arms (orchestral version)
08. Militia Guard
09. Forever Free (re-recorded version)
10. Just Let Me Rock (re-recorded version)
11. Frozen Rainbow (acoustic version)
12. Iron Wheels (live acoustic version)
13. Requiem (acoustic version)
14. Coming Home (acoustic version)

“Heavy Metal Thunder” track listing:

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

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Saxon Singer Biff Byford Goes Through New Album, "Call To Arms" Track By Track

Biff Byford, the lead vocalist of British heavy metal heroes Saxon, has been featured in a new thirteen minute video in which he discusses the band’s forthcoming new studio album, “Call To Arms,” track by track. You can check it out below. “Call To Arms” will be released via Militia Guard Music, UDR and EMI on the following dates:

June
3 – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway
6 – UK, Finland, Denmark
8 – Greece, Poland
10 – France
14 – Canada, USA

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