Some things get better with age; wine, cheese, car insurance rates, and SAXON. The band just released their 21st studio album; Battering Ram. Folks, it's good, I mean REALLY GOOD. Do not dismiss my words, dear reader; let me break it down for you.
Saxon was formed in 1976, which means they, as a group, have been writing original music for almost 40 years. Amazing, original music, I might add. In this modern world of redundancy when it comes to song writing, having a band that can continue to keep things fresh lyrically and melodically after almost 40 years is like finding a million dollars in your back yard: unlikely, but still plausible. These guys continue to outdo themselves each album.
The album delivers the solid, Heavy Metal that listeners have come to demand from this band from Merry Old England. These guys are master story tellers. Track #2, Devils' Footprint, and track #10, Kingdom of the Cross, reinforce this well-known fact intricately thought out lyrics that weave spine tingling tales. The album is not all Metal epica. There are many fun, fast tempo, old school, metal morsels mixed in. “Sheets to the Wind” is my favorite. The presence of the super melodic guitar duo of Paul Quinne and Doug Scarrat are heavily noticed and highlighted in "Eye of the Storm.”
Every review I do, I pick a stand out track and give it its own paragraph. My pick on this album was uber easy! I was able to pick Track #9 as my goose bump inducing track within 5 seconds of the hearing the intro. With its haunting vocals and chill inducing production effects, "To the End" defiantly whisked me back to the glory days of Heavy Metal. Music was pure and not mass produced.
"Battering Ram" will not disappoint the lifetime fans and will surely create some new SAXON fans. After all, they are one of the founders of Heavy Metal.
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