Unleash the Beast
Unleash the Beast is Saxon's thirteenth studio album, released in 1997. It is the first studio album without Graham Oliver on guitar, replaced by Doug Scarratt, making it the first album to feature the band's current lineup. Biff Byford - vocals Doug Scarratt - guitar Paul Quinn - guitar Nibbs Carter - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drumsProductionKalle Trapp - producer, mixing Saxon - producer Karo Studios, Germany - recording and mixing location Biff Byford - mixing "Unleash the Beast" is about a fictional story of stone gargoyles coming alive. "Circle of Light" follows a man who has an out-of-body experience and watches as surgeons bring him back to life. "The Thin Red Line" is about the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War. "Ministry of Fools" concerns the media and authority. "The Preacher" is about a preacher trying to convert someone to his religion. "Bloodletter" is about vampires. "Cut Out the Disease" is about treason between friends. "Absent Friends" is about the death of a close friend.
John'JJ' Jones "All Hell Breaking Loose" describes the passing of a hurricane
Innocence Is No Excuse
Innocence Is No Excuse is the seventh studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1985. It was the group's first album for EMI after a falling-out with their previous label, Carrere Records, their last with original bassist Steve Dawson; the song "Everybody Up" was used in Demoni. The album was given a positive review by Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic, who awarded it four out of five stars. Although he commented in his review for the band's previous album Crusader that this album "would only lead to greater extremes of personality disorder and leave the group's fan base confused and utterly divided", he praised it for being "their strongest collective set of songs since 1981's Denim and Leather" although acknowledged that some of the songs "rubbed many fans the wrong way", he singled out the songs "Back On the Streets", "Rock'n' Roll Gypsy" and "Broken Heroes" for praise, the latter of which he described as an "excellent ballad". He pondered the question of what price the album had to the band's "street-level credibility" and said that "The answer will never be agreed upon".
Martin Popoff, author of The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal, reviewed negatively the album which represents for Saxon the return "full-steam to the bastions of metal, without an idea in their dust-clouded heads", as shown in the clichéd titles and in the "old age ineptness on this rule-book headbanging fare." "The Medley" consists of "Heavy Metal Thunder", "Stand Up and Be Counted", "Taking Your Chances" and "Warrior." Biff Byford - vocals Graham Oliver - guitar Paul Quinn - guitar Steve Dawson - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drumsProductionSimon Hanhart - producer Simon Hanhart - recording engineer Union Studios, Germany - recording location Simon Hanhart - mixing Saxon - mixing Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands - mixing location Album
Boston is a town and small port in Lincolnshire, on the east coast of England 100 miles north of London. It is the largest town of the wider Borough of Boston local government district; the town itself had a population of 35,124 at the 2001 census, while the borough had a total population of 66,900, at the ONS mid-2015 estimates. It is due north of Greenwich on the Prime Meridian. Boston's most notable landmark is St Botolph's Church, said to be the largest parish church in England, visible for miles around from the flat lands of Lincolnshire. Residents of Boston are known as Bostonians. Emigrants from Boston named several other settlements around the world after the town, most notably Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States; the name "Boston" is said to be a contraction of "Saint Botolph's town", "stone", or "tun" for a hamlet or farm, hence the Latin villa Sancti Botulfi "St. Botulf's village"); the town was once held to have been a Roman settlement. It is linked to the monastery established by the Saxon monk Botolph at "Icanhoe" on the Witham in AD 654 and destroyed by the Vikings in 870, but this is now doubted by modern historians.
The early medieval geography of The Fens was much more fluid than it is today and, at that time, the Witham did not flow near the site of Boston. Botolph's establishment is most to have been in Suffolk. However, he was a popular missionary and saint to whom many churches between Yorkshire and Sussex are dedicated; the 1086 Domesday Book does not mention Boston by name, but nearby settlements of the tenant-in-chief Count Alan Rufus of Brittany are covered. Its present territory was then part of the grant of Skirbeck, part of the wealthy manor of Drayton, which before 1066 had been owned by Ralph the Staller, Edward the Confessor's Earl of East Anglia. Skirbeck had two churches and one is to have been that dedicated to St Botolph, in what was Botolph's town. Skirbeck is now considered part of Boston, but the name remains, as a church parish and an electoral ward; the order of importance was the other way round, when the Boston quarter of Skirbeck developed at the head of the Haven, which lies under the present Market Place.
At that stage, The Haven was the tidal part of the stream, now represented by the Stone Bridge Drain, which carried the water from the East and West Fens. The line of the road through Wide Bargate, to A52 and A16, is to have developed on its marine silt levees, it led, as it does now, to the high ground at Sibsey, thence to Lindsey. The reason for the original development of the town, away from the centre of Skirbeck, was that Boston lay on the point where navigable tidal water was alongside the land route, which used the Devensian terminal moraine ridge at Sibsey, between the upland of East Lindsey and the three routes to the south of Boston: The coastal route, on the marine silts, crossed the mouth of Bicker Haven towards Spalding; the Sleaford route, into Kesteven, passed via Swineshead, thence following the old course of the River Slea, on its marine silt levee. The Salters' Way route into Kesteven, left Holland from Donington; this route was much more developed, in the Medieval period, by Bridge End Priory.
The River Witham seems to have joined The Haven after the flood of September 1014, having abandoned the port of Drayton, on what subsequently became known as Bicker Haven. The predecessor of Ralph the Staller owned most of both Skirbeck and Drayton, so it was a simple task to transfer his business from Drayton, but the Domesday Book of 1086 still records his source of income in Boston under the heading of Drayton, so Boston's name is famously not mentioned; the Town Bridge still maintains the pre-flood route, along the old Haven bank. After the Norman Conquest, Ralph the Staller's property was taken over by Count Alan, it subsequently came to be attached to the Earldom of Richmond, North Yorkshire, known as the Richmond Fee. It lay on the left bank of The Haven. During the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Boston grew into port. In 1204, King John vested sole control over the town in his bailiff; that year or the next, he levied a "fifteenth" tax of 6.67% on the moveable goods of merchants in the ports of England: the merchants of Boston paid £780, the highest in the kingdom after London's £836.
Thus by the opening of the thirteenth century, it was significant in trade with the continent of Europe and ranked as a port of the Hanseatic League. Edward III named it a staple port for the wool trade in 1369. Apart from wool, Boston exported salt, produced locally on the Holland coast, produced up-river, lead, produced in Derbyshire and brought via Lincoln, up-river. A quarrel between the local and foreign merchants led to the withdrawal of the Hansards around 1470. Around the same time, the decline of the local guilds and shift towards domestic weaving of English wool led to a near-complete collapse of the town's foreign trade; the silting of the Haven only furthered the town's decline. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII during the English Reformation, Boston's Dominican, Franciscan and Augustinian friaries—erected during the boom years of the 13th and 14th centuries—were all expropriated; the refectory of the Dominican friary was converted into a theatre in 1965 and now houses the Blackfriars Arts Centre.
Henry VIII granted the town its charter in 1545 and Boston had two Members of Parliament from 1552. The staple trade made Boston a centre of intellectual influence from the Continent, including the teachings of John Calvin that becam
Denim and Leather
Denim and Leather is the fourth studio album by English heavy metal band Saxon released in 1981. The album was certified Gold status in the U. K; this was the last album with the classic line up of Saxon, as drummer Pete Gill would leave the band due to a hand injury joining Motörhead. The album spawned two of their most successful singles, "And the Bands Played On" and "Princess of the Night". There are nine songs on this album. "Princess of the Night" is a song about a powerful steam locomotive and "And the Bands Played On" is about 1980 Monsters of Rock Festival - name checking several of the other acts on the bill including Rainbow and Touch. Other themes for the songs include: partying, the spirit of the music, and, like many of their songs, motorcycles. "Midnight Rider" is a song about Saxon's 1980 North American tour. The name of the album and song was inspired by the popular attire of metalheads in the early 1980s, defined by either denim jeans and jackets or a leather biker jacket; the song is seen as a tribute from the band to their fans while describing the history of the sub-culture and the rise of the new wave of British heavy metal.
The album peaked at #9 in the UK Albums Chart. The album is regarded as a classic in the band's discography, has been received positively by critics and fans. Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic called the opening track "Princess of the Night" an "infectiously anthemic opening statement", whilst praising the title track for being an "unqualified classic", he considered "Out of Control" and "Rough and Ready" to be strong tracks, whilst regarding "Fire in the Sky", "Midnight Rider", "And The Bands Played On" as "spectacular". Canadian journalist Martin Popoff had mixed feelings about Denim and Leather, which he considered "Saxon's stadium rock album... boppier and sillier than Wheels of Steel, but still catchy", denouncing "the band's progressively feeble song skills while gaining points for conviction." All tracks written by Saxon. Bonus tracks 12-18 recorded live on the Denim and Leather Tour, 1981. Biff Byford - vocals Graham Oliver - guitar Paul Quinn - guitar Steve Dawson - bass guitar Pete Gill - drumsProductionNigel Thomas - producer Andy Lydon - engineer Aquarius Studios, Geneva - recording location Polar Studios, Stockholm - additional recording location, mixing location
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
The Eagle Has Landed – Part II
The Eagle Has Landed – Part II is a double live album by the English heavy metal band Saxon. It is the fourth live album by the band and the first recording to feature Doug Scarratt instead of Graham Oliver, who had left just after the release of Dogs of War. SaxonBiff Byford - vocals, producer Paul Quinn - guitar Doug Scarratt - guitar Nibbs Carter - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drumsGuest musiciansYngwie Malmsteen - guitar on "Denim and Leather"ProductionRainer Hänsel - producer Thomas Kukuck, Hans Jürgen Steffen - engineers
Greatest Hits Live! (Saxon album)
Greatest Hits Live is the third live album by the band Saxon. It was released in 1990 just one year after their previous live album Rock'n' Roll Gypsies to celebrate the tenth anniversary years of the band's activity, together with a VHS of the concert. This'10 Years Of Denim And Leather' concert was released on DVD as Saxon'Live Legends' with the extra track Strong Arm of the Law. Biff Byford - vocals Paul Quinn - guitar Graham Oliver - guitar Tim "Nibbs" Carter - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drumsProductionBiff Byford - producer Ian Taylor - audio engineer East Midlands Television Centre, Nottingham - recording location OUTSIDE Studio, Manor - mixing location