Into the Labyrinth (Saxon album)

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Into The Labyrinth
Into the Labyrinth (Saxon album).jpg
Cover art by Paul R. Gregory
Studio album by
Released9 January 2009
Recorded2008
StudioTwilight Hall, Krefeld, Germany
GenreHeavy metal
Length54:47
LabelSPV/Steamhammer
ProducerCharlie Bauerfeind
Saxon chronology
The Inner Sanctum
(2007)
Into The Labyrinth
(2009)
Call to Arms
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
IGN(7.7/10)[2]
Jukebox:Metal4/5 stars[3]
Record Collector4/5 stars[4]

Into the Labyrinth, the eighteenth studio album by British heavy metal band Saxon, was released on 9 January 2009. It was made between tours in 2008 and written by the band in England and at Biff Byford's house in France; the first single "Live to Rock" was released on 17 October 2008. The album sold about 1,000 copies in the US in the week after its release.[5]

A proper physical fourteenth track is featured on the Japanese CD pressing, released on 3 February 2009. Prior to 3 February, the track was sold as a compressed/lower bit rate download.[6]

The song "Coming Home" is originally from Saxon's Killing Ground album, in an electric version.

In November 2008, it was officially announced that the band would hold the 'Riff King' competition, where fans could play a solo for their single "Live to Rock".

"When I wrote 'Valley of the Kings'," recalled Byford, "I had to get it right with the pharaohs and stuff, or else some wiseass would go, 'Hey, you got the wrong Rameses!'"[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Biff Byford; all music composed by Biff Byford, Doug Scarratt, Paul Quinn, Nigel Glockler, Timothy Carter.

No.TitleLength
1."Battalions of Steel"6:34
2."Live to Rock"5:30
3."Demon Sweeney Todd"3:51
4."The Letter"0:42
5."Valley of the Kings"5:03
6."Slow Lane Blues"4:08
7."Crime of Passion"4:04
8."Premonition in D Minor"0:40
9."Voice"4:35
10."Protect Yourselves"3:56
11."Hellcat"3:54
12."Come Rock of Ages (The Circle Is Complete)"3:52
13."Coming Home" (Bottleneck Version)3:12
14."Live to Rock" (Single Version, Japan-only bonus track)4:46

Personnel[edit]

  • Biff Byford – lead vocals
  • Paul Quinn – lead guitar
  • Doug Scarratt – rhythm guitar
  • Nibbs Carter – bass guitar
  • Nigel Glockler – drums
  • Matthias Ulmer – keyboards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Saxon Into the Labyrinth". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  2. ^ Kaz, Jim. "Saxon – Into The Labyrinth". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  3. ^ Lye, Andy (2006). "Saxon – Into the Labyrinth". Jukebox:Metal.com. Retrieved 30 June 2011. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Geesin, Joe (January 2009). "Saxon – Into the Labyrinth". Record Collector (358). Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  5. ^ "SAXON: New Album Artwork, Track Listing, Release Date Revealed - Mar. 14, 2011". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 16 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Saxon homepage". Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
  7. ^ Elliott, Paul (August 2016). "The gospel according to Biff Byford". Classic Rock #226. p. 54.