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
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
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
Crusader (Saxon album)
Crusader is the sixth studio album by the heavy metal band Saxon released in 1984. The album sold over 2 million copies. Of the title of the album and the title track, bassist Steve Dawson has said that "In England, there's a paper called the Daily Express, on the logo at the top of the paper, there's a crusader, there was a car made by Ford called a Cortina Crusader. That's. We just liked the name "Crusader". We didn't have any connotations of what it meant as far as history goes, but we just liked the name "Crusader", so we just wrote the lyrics to fit the title, really." Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic said that although by the time they released the album, "the band had stopped leading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal with its aggressive, blue-collar biker anthems", the album "as a whole offers a slight improvement over the previous year's Power & the Glory from an overall songwriting perspective". Canadian journalist Martin Popoff considered Saxon's turn to "a low-cal, gentler metal... a well-conceived experiment" and denied those who called Crusader "a failure" and "a bald-faced commercial maneuver", finding the album "refreshing if more than flawed."The album reached No. 1 in the metal charts in Sweden and Germany.
It peaked at #18 in the UK Albums Chart. It charted in the U. S. Billboard chart. All tracks written except where noted. Biff Byford - vocals Graham Oliver - guitar Paul Quinn - guitar Steve Dawson - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drumsProductionKevin Beamish - producer Kevin Beamish - engineer Bruce Barris - engineer Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California - recording location George Marino - mastering Sterling Sound, New York City - mastering location Paul R. Gregory - artwork
Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1977, in Barnsley. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums; the band had numerous singles in the UK Singles Chart and chart success all over Europe and Japan, as well as success in the United States. During the 1980s, Saxon established themselves as one of Europe's greatest metal acts; the band tour and have sold more than 23 million albums worldwide. They are considered one of the classic metal acts, have influenced a number of bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Testament, Overkill, Mötley Crüe, Helloween, Running Wild, Metal Church, Armored Saint, Dream Theater, Skid Row, Celtic Frost, King Diamond and Death Angel. Saxon began with a lineup formed by former Coast members Peter "Biff" Byford on vocals, Paul Quinn and former Sob member Graham Oliver on guitars, Steve "Dobby" Dawson on bass; the band changed their name to Saxon shortly afterwards.
They started out by gaining support slots on tour with more established bands such as Motörhead. In 1979, the band signed to the French record label Carrere run by Freddy Cannon in the UK and released their eponymous debut album. In 1980, the band's follow-up album Wheels of Steel, was released and charted at #5 in the UK, it spawned two hit singles: the title track, the crowd favourite "747". The album provided the band with success and they began a series of long-lasting tours across the UK. On 16 August, Saxon appeared at the first Monsters of Rock Festival where they received a positive reception from the crowd; the band's set was recorded but was not released until 2000. In April, Saxon made the first of many appearances on Top of the Pops, where they performed the hit single "Wheels of Steel". Strong Arm of the Law was released in the year, charting at #11 in the UK, it is considered by many fans to be their best album, it helped to keep the band's popularity increasing. Two singles were released from this album: the title track and Dallas 1PM, the latter written about the assassination of U.
S. President John F. Kennedy. Sold out tours of Europe and the UK followed as the album charted in several European countries; the band had gained great success in Japan where the single Motorcycle Man had stayed in the charts for 6 months. In 1981, the band released their fourth album Denim And Leather which they dedicated to their fan base; the album is still popular today and the title track "Denim And Leather" is regarded as a metal anthem. The album featured many other fan favourites such as "Princess of the Night", "Never Surrender" and "And the Bands Played On" which were all UK Top 20 hits. Denim And Leather followed its predecessor's success and went Gold in several European countries including the UK. By this time the band was seen as the leaders of the NWOBHM movement with future greats Iron Maiden and Def Leppard following close behind. Just as the band was about to embark on a long tour to follow the success of Denim And Leather, drummer Pete Gill left the band after injuring his hand.
The band had to replace him with Nigel Glockler of Toyah, who had to learn the entire set within a day and a half just before the tour was about to begin. Glockler is still with the band today. A series of headlining tours around the UK and a sold out tour in Europe with support act Ozzy Osbourne, resulted in The Eagle Has Landed. Planned as a double live album, the record company decided to release it as a single live album despite protests from the band; the Eagle Has Landed is still regarded. Saxon played the 1982 Monsters Of Rock Festival again and became the first band to appear there twice; as the NWOBHM movement began to fade, 1983's Power & the Glory, their highest selling album to date, saw Saxon cement themselves as the leading metal act in Europe along with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The "Power and Glory Tour" was an arena tour that began in Europe, was a huge success; the US leg of the tour with support act Accept proved to be successful and Saxon found themselves becoming a major act in the US as the album, in its first week of release, sold more than 15,000 copies in Los Angeles alone.
The emerging glam metal scene in America would however prevent the band's conquest of the American market, as the genre was increasing in mainstream popularity. The cover art of the album was produced by Hollywood film director Ridley Scott. In late 1983 Saxon left Carrere. Saxon signed with EMI Records with their first release on the label being Crusader. Though still heavy, critics felt the album had a more commercial sound, fans began to wonder what direction the band was taking. Despite its commercial sound, the title track became a fan favourite; the album sold over 2 million copies and the 1984 world tour "The World Crusade" was a success both in Europe and America. In the US they had Mötley Crüe and Krokus as support for many shows of the tour as the band spent one year on the road. By this time the band was considered as headliners for 1984's Monsters of Rock at Donington, but scheduling issues and record label disputes kept the band from participating. With the release of Innocence Is No Excuse in 1985, the band continued to take a more commercial direction and this created a division amongst fans as the band's once raw, heavy sound had been watered down to gain more attraction to the large US market.
The album has, gained more appreciation both from fans and critics as time has passed since its initial release. A huge sold out world tour in support of the album followed, but tensions
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
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