Dogs of War (album)
Dogs of War is the twelfth studio album by the heavy metal band Saxon, released in 1995. It is the last album with Graham Oliver on guitar. All lyrics written by Byford/Glockler. A 2006 CD re-issue on SPV/Steamhammer Records includes two bonus live tracks: "The Great White Buffalo" and "Denim and Leather" recorded in 1995. Biff Byford - vocals Graham Oliver - guitars Paul Quinn - guitars Nibbs Carter - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drums Rainer Hainsel - guitars ProductionBiff Byford - producer, mixing Rainer Hänsel - producer Kalle Trapp - mixing engineer John Mc Lane - mixing engineer Gems Studio in Boston, England - recording location Karo Studios, Germany - mixing location Paul R. Gregory - artwork
Call to Arms (Saxon album)
Call To Arms is the nineteenth studio album by British heavy metal band Saxon. Call to Arms was released 3 June in Europe, it was due to be released on 23 May 2011. The album was released on 27 September in North America by EMI. Current Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey made a guest appearance on the album. Saxon frontman Biff Byford stated that the band wanted to "get back to roots," and aimed for a "more working-class sound" with the album. While recording the album in February 2011, the band posted a message to its fans, calling on them to visit the band at the studio on the evening of 10 February; the reason for the appeal was that the band needed a chorus for the track "Back in'79", decided to offer its fans the chance to be a part of the recording. Saxon were supposed to appear at the Soundwave festival in Australia, but were forced to cancel their appearance due to delays during recording; the band issued a statement apologizing to fans for the cancellation. Two of the tracks on the album were written by Saxon for the movie Hybrid Theory.
The album artwork is derived from Lord Kitchener Wants You, a World War I-era British Army recruitment poster. Call to Arms debuted at number 6 on the UK Rock Albums chart. In the US, the album sold about 700 copies in its first week of release and managed to debut at number 51 on the US "Heatseekers" chart. A digipack version of the album for the North American market featured a seven track bonus disc containing most of Saxon's performance at Castle Donington in 1980. To promote the album, Saxon have embarked on the "Call to Arms World Tour"; the band headlined shows in Europe and South America, Japan. Anvil and Crimes of Passion opened for Saxon in Europe, while the North American shows were opened by Borealis. HammerFall appeared as special guests at the UK shows, while Vanderbuys were presented as special guests at shows in Spain."Hammer of the Gods" was released as a single to promote Call to Arms on 18 March 2011. In addition two music videos were made to promote the album. Call to Arms has received positive reviews from critics.
AllMusic rated the album as 3.5/5 stars. Reviewer Eduardo Rivadavia commented. Rivadavia stated that "Surviving Against the Odds", "Chasing the Bullet" and "Ballad of the Working Man" were "refreshingly raw and direct", he compared "Hammer of the Gods" and "Afterburner" to proto-thrash. Rivadavia said that Call to Arms can be seen as an "aesthetic cousin" to Denim and Leather from 1981. Music news website Blabbermouth.net, posted a favorable review for the album. Reviewing the North American digipack edition, reviewer Scott Alisoglu called the album "highly recommended" and said that the album would not disappoint any Saxon fan, he further described the album's title track as "epic" and called the 7-track bonus live CD "a high value bonus". Reviewer Andy Lye, on behalf of Jukebox: Metal, gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, he opined that Saxon sound like "a band out of ideas" on the album, but at the same time he praised the album's last three tracks, "No Rest for the Wicked," "Ballad for the Working Man" and the orchestral version of the title track.
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles reviewer Mark Gromen commended that Call to Arms "isn't much of a metal record" but rather ", bluesy hard rock" instead. Gromen compared the album's opening track, "Hammer of the Gods", to "Dogs of War" form the 1995 album of the same name, he compared Don Airey's keyboard parts on "When Doomsday Comes" to the patterns used on Deep Purple's 1984 album Perfect Strangers. Gromen rated the album at 7.5 out of 10. SaxonBiff Byford - lead vocals Paul Quinn - guitar Doug Scarratt - guitar Nibbs Carter - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drumsAdditional musiciansDon Airey - keyboardsProductionBiff Byford - producer Toby Jepson - producer Video for "Call to Arms" on YouTube
Forever Free (Saxon album)
Forever Free is the eleventh studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1992. A UK version of the album features a cover of a biker Space Marine from the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop wargame. In 2013, Demon Music Group reissued the album digitally and on CD in the UK; this version included two bonus tracks taken from their 1996 double live album, The Eagle Has Landed – Part II. SaxonBiff Byford - vocals Paul Quinn - guitar Graham Oliver - guitar Nibbs Carter - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drumsAdditional musiciansGigi Skokan, Nasco - programming, keyboardsProductionBiff Byford - producer Herwig Ursin - producer Rainer Hänsel - audio engineer Hey You Studios, Vienna - recording location Gems Studios Boston, England - recording location Mastered at Hey You Production, L. A. Studio City, Blairwoodroad - mastering location
BBC Sessions (Saxon album)
BBC Sessions / Live at Reading Festival'86 is a live compilation album by the British heavy metal band Saxon. It was recorded live in studio by the famous British record producer Tony Wilson for the BBC Radio 1 shows of the early 1980s and at the 1986 Reading Festival, where Saxon were the headliners. Friday Rock Show 2/15/80 Studio B15 Live 5/25/82 Reading Festival / Friday Rock Show 6/26/86 NB The Reading Festival recording is misdated, Saxon headlining the Saturday night, 23 August 1986; the recording here is incomplete, BBC Radio having broadcast: Biff Byford - vocals Graham Oliver - guitar Paul Quinn - guitar Steve Dawson - bass guitar Pete Gill - drums Nigel Glockler - drumsProductionTony Wilson - producer Tony Wilson - engineer
Solid Ball of Rock
Solid Ball of Rock is the tenth studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1991. Five of its 11 tracks were written by new bassist Nibbs Carter. "For our audience – and without an audience there is no band – our focus returned on Solid Ball of Rock…" noted singer Biff Byford. "Since we've been right on it." SaxonBiff Byford – vocals, engineer Graham Oliver – guitar Paul Quinn – guitar Nibbs Carter – bass guitar Nigel Glockler – drumsProductionKalle Trapp — producer, engineer
The Inner Sanctum
The Inner Sanctum is the seventeenth studio album by British heavy metal band Saxon, released on 5 March 2007. It is the first album by the band to feature drummer Nigel Glockler since 1997's Unleash the Beast. A limited edition with DVD is available too. "Red Star Falling" is about the end of communism in Soviet Union. "Atila the Hun" is about Attila the Hun, who destroyed the Roman Empire. "If I Was You" is about gun culture. "Let Me Feel Your Power" is about festivals like Wacken. "I've Got to Rock" is about rock n' roll and life. The single version features guest appearances by heavy metal musicians Lemmy Kilmister, Angry Anderson and Andi Deris; the Inner Sanctum has received positive reviews from critics. Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic gave the album three and a half out of five stars, commented that Saxon continued "to do their legacy proud as they move through their third decade of recording activity." He described the album's first three tracks as "frantic" and the third, "Let Me Feel Your Power" as "jaw-dropping", praised the "majestic" "Red Star Falling", comparing it to the band's earlier songs "Dallas 1PM" and "Broken Heroes", although he was critical towards the single version of "If I Was You", advising the listener to "make sure your CD contains the album version".
Rivadavia concluded his review by saying "although it's not perfect by any stretch, The Inner Sanctum is welcome addition to this band's sizeable discography, pound for pound, might just take the crown as Saxon's best album of the early 2000s." The album was awarded an 8/10 in the UK's Metal Hammer magazine. However, Andy Lye of Jukebox:Metal was more critical in his review of the album, giving it three out of five stars, criticising its opening track "State of Grace", calling it "derivative and boring", "Let Me Feel Your Power" commenting that "a great, grooving mid-section can't quite save it from its appalling lyrics and tired riffs." He went on to call "I've Got to Rock" "as bad as you'd expect" and criticised "If I Was You" for sounding "exactly like all metal singles sound". He concluded by stating that "Against the wider metal market this is an average album, but against recent Saxon output it is comfortably below average." Only in the standard edition "To Hell and Back Again" "A Night Out with the Boys – The Idea" "A Night Out with the Boys – Not Really" "See the Light Shining" "A Night Out with the Boys – Now It Started" "Redline" "Suzie Hold On" "Stand Up and Be Counted" "Frozen Rainbow" "Never Surrender" Biff Byford - vocals Paul Quinn - guitar Doug Scarratt - guitar Nibbs Carter - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drums Matthias Ulmer - keyboards
Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies
Rock'n' Roll Gypsies is the second live album by the band Saxon, released in 1989 by Roadrunner Records. It was the first album produced by Biff Byford and the first work with the bass guitarist Nibbs Carter. In addition it was the drummer Nigel Glockler's return to the band. In 2001, it was re-released with a different cover and two additional tracks, with production credited to the whole band and not just to Byford. "The Eagle Has Landed" and "Just Let Me Rock" are CD bonus tracks. Biff Byford - vocals Graham Oliver - guitar Paul Quinn - guitar Nibbs Carter - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drums