Heavy Metal Thunder (Saxon album)

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Heavy Metal Thunder
Saxon - Heavy Metal Thunder.jpg
Cover art by Paul R. Gregory
Greatest hits album by
Released23 September 2002
Recorded2001, 2002
StudioKaro Studios, Brackel, Germany, live tracks recorded in San Antonio, Texas
GenreHeavy metal
Length86:16
LabelSPV/Steamhammer
UDR (2015 re-issue)
ProducerBiff Byford, Saxon
Saxon chronology
Killing Ground
(2001)
Heavy Metal Thunder
(2002)
Lionheart
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars [1]

Heavy Metal Thunder is a greatest hits album by heavy metal band Saxon, released in 2002. The album features eight re-recorded tracks from the limited edition of Killing Ground, as well as five other tracks; these tracks originally appeared on their first six albums, from their self-titled debut to Crusader.

A limited edition bonus disc, featuring five live tracks from a 2002 show in San Antonio, Texas, as well as the music video for Killing Ground recorded during Wacken Open Air 2001.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No.TitleLength
1."Heavy Metal Thunder" (from Strong Arm of the Law)4:13
2."Strong Arm of the Law" (from Strong Arm of the Law)4:25
3."Power and the Glory" (from Power & the Glory)5:59
4."And the Bands Played On" (from Denim and Leather)2:53
5."Crusader" (from Crusader)6:40
6."Dallas 1 PM" (from Strong Arm of the Law)6:18
7."Princess of the Night" (from Denim and Leather)4:11
8."Wheels of Steel" (from Wheels of Steel)5:54
9."747 (Strangers in the Night)" (from Wheels of Steel)5:02
10."Motorcycle Man" (from Wheels of Steel)3:47
11."Never Surrender" (from Denim and Leather)3:37
12."Denim and Leather" (from Denim and Leather)5:21
13."Backs to the Wall" (from Saxon)3:07
Disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."Broken Heroes" (live)4:10
2."Dragon's Lair" (live)6:38
3."The Eagle Has Landed" (live)5:52
4."20,000 Ft." (live)3:45
5."Crusader" (live)4:24
6."Killing Ground" (Music Video) 
Disc 2 (2015 re-issue)[2]
No.TitleLength
1."Sacrifice" 
2."Power & the Glory" 
3."Heavy Metal Thunder" 
4."Battalions of Steel" 
5."Motorcycle Man" 
6."And the Band Played On" 
7."To Hell and Back Again" 
8."747 (Strangers in the Night)" 
9."Crusader" 
10."Wheels of Steel" 
11."Princess of the Night" (noted as Prince of the Night on the back side) 
12."Denim and Leather" 

The album was re-issued on February 14, 2015[2] by UDR. Disc one is identical to the original release. All tracks from Disc two were recorded live at the Bloodstock Heavy Metal Festival on August 10, 2014.

Personnel[edit]

  • Biff Byford – vocals
  • Paul Quinn – guitar
  • Doug Scarratt – guitar
  • Nibbs Carter – bass
  • Fritz Randow – drums

Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Saxon Heavy Metal Thunder". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Saxon Heavy Metal Thunder (2CD Re-Issue)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2 September 2016.