Sacrifice (Saxon album)
Sacrifice is the twentieth studio album by British heavy metal band Saxon. It was released on 1 March 2013 in Europe, 4 March in the United Kingdom and 26 March in the United States. In late January 2012, drummer Nigel Glockler revealed on Facebook that the band was getting ready to write a followup to the previous year's Call to Arms. About a month Glockler revealed, again via Facebook, that he and guitarist Doug Scarratt were convening in Glockler's home studio to write before a band meeting in March. On 30 March 2012, vocalist Biff Byford issued an update stating that the band have a few ideas, that he had started writing and arranging melodies. Additionally, in July 2012, two short videos were released via YouTube that show band members jamming in the studio. In mid-August, the band released an update regarding the album, it was revealed that other small things had yet to be completed. It was announced that the album would most be produced by Andy Sneap. By the end of August, it was announced that the recording had been completed, Andy Sneap was getting ready to mix the record.
By October, the mixing process had been completed. On 30 October 2012, the band had announced, via their official website, the UK leg of the Sacrifice World Tour which would support the new album, whose title was revealed to be Sacrifice; the track listing and album artwork was announced on 15 November 2012. The album was due to be released in several formats starting on 22 February, but due to production issues, the date was pushed back one week to 1 March; the album was released as a CD, deluxe edition, which included a bonus CD of re-recorded versions of older Saxon songs, a picture disc. In addition, the iTunes release featured Luck of the Draw. A world tour followed the album's release; the tour started in the US, involved an appearance on the Monsters of Rock cruise, followed by South American dates. A UK tour followed in April, European dates followed, including a headlining appearance at the Bang Your Head!!! Festival in Germany and an appearance at France's Hellfest. To help with promotion for the album, a music video for the album's title track was released on 25 February 2013.
Mark Gromen, reviewing Sacrifice for Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles contrasted the album with its predecessor by calling the effort more metal than 2011's Call to Arms. Gromen noted that the band had increased the intensity of their songwriting and that the guitars were heavier and faster, he gave the album an 8/10 rating. Sacrifice was positively reviewed by Blabbermouth.net, who granted a score of 8/10
Steven "Dobby" Dawson is an English bass guitarist and a founder of Saxon. Dawson was the inspiration for Harry Shearer's Spinal Tap character Derek Smalls. Saxon Wheels of Steel Strong Arm of the Law Denim and Leather The Eagle Has Landed Power & the Glory Crusader Innocence Is No Excuse Rock the Nations BBC Sessions Live at Donnington 1980 Victim You Re://Landed It's Alive The Second Wave: 25 Years of NWOBHM Motorbiker Pandemonium Circus Oliver / Dawson Saxon Official website
Peter Rodney "Biff" Byford is an English singer best known as the lead singer of the heavy metal band Saxon. Byford sang and played bass with a band called Coast from around 1973 to 1976 along with drummer Al Dodd and future Saxon guitarist Paul Quinn, when he formed Saxon with guitarists Graham Oliver and Paul Quinn, bassist Steve Dawson and drummer Pete Gill; the band was called Son of a Bitch, but changed to Saxon in 1978. They released their self-titled debut album in 1979, became part of what was known as the new wave of British heavy metal, which included bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest; the band had commercial success as well, charting eight UK Top 40 albums and five Top 40 singles between 1980 and 1986. At the end of the 1980s, the band declined in popularity, Oliver and Dawson formed a new band with the same name, though they were forced to change it to Oliver/Dawson Saxon. Saxon maintained a recording and touring career centred on Germany for much of the 1990s, before coming back into broader attention with 2007's The Inner Sanctum.
In April 2007, Byford released his autobiography, entitled Never Surrender after the Saxon song of the same name. Gigwise.com reported on 18 January 2010 that Byford was launching a campaign to have Britons declare heavy metal as their religion in the United Kingdom Census 2011, inspired by the Jedi census phenomenon. With Saxon with Air PavilionKaizoku – vocals on "She's Hot Stuff"with FastwayBad Bad Girls with Freedom CallTaragon – narration on "Tears of Taragon"with DestructionInventor of Evil – vocals on "The Alliance of Hellhoundz"with HelloweenGambling with the Devil – spoken word on "Crack the Riddle" 7 Sinners – spoken word on'Who is Mr. Madman?'with DoroCelebrate – The Night of the Warlock – vocals on "Celebrate" with AvantasiaThe Mystery of Time with The Scintilla ProjectThe Hybrid Never Surrender, 2007 Official Biff Byford Facebook Page Never Surrender Google Books entry Biff Byford at imdb.com
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
Lionheart (Saxon album)
Lionheart is the sixteenth studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 2004. It is the only studio album featuring drummer Jörg Michael; the title is inspired from a 12th-century King of England. "Beyond the Grave" was released as a video. The album was re-released on 17 February 2006 in digipak format with a bonus DVD-Audio featuring unreleased material, rough mixes and a new 5.1 / 96 K mix of the whole album, as well as a Saxon keyholder and a patch. All tracks written by Saxon. Biff Byford - vocals Paul Quinn - guitar Doug Scarratt - guitar Nibbs Carter - bass guitar, keyboards Jörg Michael - drums Chris Stubley – keyboards on "Lionheart"ProductionCharlie Bauerfeind – producer and engineer Biff Byford – executive producer Paul R. Gregory – cover design Sandra Hiltmann, SPV graphics – booklet design Gems 24, Lincolnshire – recording location "Witchfinder General" is about persecuting witches during the Interregnum era; the song mentions methods of interrogation and execution favoured by'Witchfinder General' Matthew Hopkins.
"Lionheart" is about Richard the Lionheart, King of England from 1189 to 1199. "Beyond the Grave" is about afterlife. "To Live by the Sword" is about the way of life of medieval warriors. Album
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has varying roles during the recording process, they may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos Co-write Propose changes to the song arrangements Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage; the producer may perform these roles themselves, or help select the engineer, provide suggestions to the engineer. The producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record label's budget.
A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording and production of a band or performer's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, supervising the entire process through audio mixing and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules and negotiations. Writer Chris Deville explains it, "Sometimes a producer functions like a creative consultant — someone who helps a band achieve a certain aesthetic, or who comes up with the perfect violin part to complement the vocal melody, or who insists that a chorus should be a bridge. Other times a producer will build a complete piece of music from the ground up and present the finished product to a vocalist, like Metro Boomin supplying Future with readymade beats or Jack Antonoff letting Taylor Swift add lyrics and melody to an otherwise-finished “Out Of The Woods.”The artist of an album may not be a record producer or music producer for his/her album.
While both contribute creatively, the official credit of "record producer" may depend on the record contract. Christina Aguilera, for example, did not receive record producer credits until many albums into her career. In the 2010s, the producer role is sometimes divided among up to three different individuals: executive producer, vocal producer and music producer. An executive producer oversees project finances, a vocal producers oversees the vocal production, a music producer oversees the creative process of recording and mixings; the music producer is often a competent arranger, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer selects and/or collaborates with the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools to create a stereo or surround sound "mix" of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer for the various distribution media.
The producer oversees the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording. Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as "the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record", like a director would a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation is music director; the music producer's job is to create and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist's entire album – in which case the producer will develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate. At the beginning of record industry, the producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live; the immediate predecessors to record producers were the artists and repertoire executives of the late 1920s and 1930s who oversaw the "pop" product and led session orchestras. That was the case of Ben Selvin at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at Victor Records and Bob Haring at Brunswick Records.
By the end of the 1930s, the first professional recording studios not owned by the major companies were established separating the roles of A&R man and producer, although it wouldn't be until the late 1940s when the term "producer" became used in the industry. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1960s due to technology; the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously. All of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio where the performance was recorded. With multitrack recording, the "bed tracks" (rhythm section accompaniment parts such as the bassline and rhythm guitar could be recorded first, the vocals and solos could be added using as many "takes" as necessary, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. A pop band could record their backing tracks one week, a horn section could be brought in a week to add horn shots and punches, a string section could be brought in a week after that.
Multitrack recording had another pro
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