Lionheart (Saxon album)

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Cover art by Paul R. Gregory
Studio album by
Released28 September 2004
StudioGems 24 Studio, Boston, Lincolnshire, UK
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerCharlie Bauerfeind
Saxon chronology
Heavy Metal Thunder
The Eagle Has Landed – part 3
Alternative cover
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CD + DVD edition cover
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [1]

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 Richard the Lionheart, a 12th-century King of England. "Beyond the Grave" was released as a single and a video. The album was re-released on 17 February 2006 in digipak format (limited to 10,000 copies) with a bonus DVD-Audio featuring previously unreleased material, videos, rough mixes and a new 5.1 / 96 K mix of the whole album, as well as a Saxon keyholder and a patch.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Saxon.

1."Witchfinder General"4:49
2."Man and Machine"3:28
3."The Return"1:18
5."Beyond the Grave"4:55
7."To Live by the Sword"4:10
8."Jack Tars"0:57
9."English Man O' War"4:08
10."Searching for Atlantis"5:54
11."Flying on the Edge"4:54


  • Biff Byford - vocals
  • Paul Quinn - guitar
  • Doug Scarratt - guitar
  • Nibbs Carter - bass guitar, keyboards
  • Jörg Michael - drums
  • Chris Stubley – keyboards on "Lionheart"

Lyrical concept[edit]

  1. "Witchfinder General" is about persecuting witches during the Interregnum era. The song also mentions methods of interrogation and execution favoured by 'Witchfinder General' Matthew Hopkins.
  2. "Lionheart" is about Richard the Lionheart, King of England from 1189 to 1199.
  3. "Beyond the Grave" is about death and afterlife.
  4. "To Live by the Sword" is about the way of life of medieval warriors.



Year Country Position
2004 Germany[3] 44
Sweden[4] 57
Switzerland[5] 62
France[6] 103
Greece[7] 44


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  2. ^ "Saxon - Lionheart". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Lionheart Höchstposition" (in German). Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Saxon Lionheart". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Saxon Lionheart". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Saxon Lionheart". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Saxon Lionheart". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)