Destiny (Saxon album)
Destiny is the ninth studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1988. It is the only studio album to feature the rhythm section of drummer Nigel Durham and bassist Paul Johnson on it. Biff Byford - vocals Graham Oliver - guitar Paul Quinn - guitar Paul Johnson - bass guitar Nigel Durham - drumsAdditional musiciansStephen Laws Clifford - keyboards Dave Taggart - backing vocals George Lamb - backing vocals Phil Caffrey - backing vocals Steve Mann - backing vocalsProductionStephan Galfas - producer Spencer Henderson - engineer James Allen-Jones - engineer Hook and Manor, Berkshire, UK - recording location Swanyard Studios, London - mixing location Sterling Sound, New York - mastering location
Wacken Open Air
Wacken Open Air is an open-air heavy metal music festival. It takes place annually in summer in the village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany, 80 kilometres northwest of Hamburg. W:O:A is held at the beginning of August and lasts four days; the festival was first held in 1990 as a small event with about 800 visitors and six local German bands. It is considered the biggest heavy-metal festival in the world. In 2011, the festival attracted 80,000 festival visitors and 6,000 personnel for a total of 86,000 attendees; the festival traditionally ends on the first Sunday in August, at midnight the following Monday tickets go on sale for the next year. Remarkably, all 75,000 tickets were sold out within 48 hours for 2014, 12 hours for 2015, 23 hours for 2016, despite the fact that the lineup had not been announced. Including 2019, the festival was sold out fifteen times in a row; the non-optional basic ticket price for all four days, including camping for a week, was €220 in 2018 and for 2019 as well.
In 2018, 197 bands were playing on nine stages. The international significance of the festival is shown by the attendees in recent years consisting of 30% foreigners, with up to 10% non-Europeans, from about 30–40 different countries all around the world. Many metal fans travel from half a world away to stand in cow meadows before stages set in the middle of nowhere. In 2017, an official count confirmed visitors from over 80 different nations at the festival. A lot of metalheads and hard rock bands worldwide are keen to make the journey to "The Mecca of Heavy Metal Culture", "The Holy Land", "The Cathedral of Heavy Metal", or "The Summit of Heavy Metal" at least once in their lifetime, just for the experience; the W:O:A audience and artists informally address each other as "Wacken", its own legend and another reason why the festival sells out without billing. Wacken is not about the bands, isn't it?! It is about the people; that what is about. German crowds in general tend to interact well and are outgoing during shows, which creates musical comradeship among those who enjoy this kind of crossing of emotional boundaries—crowdsurfing and moshing—with a little bit of beer intoxication by ten o'clock.
To quote some band members from 25 Years Louder Than Hell - The W:O:A documentary: It is one of the best crowds in the world, actually! People have just fun, they celebrate every note. Sometimes I think it doesn't matter, on stage, they just into that's unique worldwide. Some bands become demanding of the crowd. In 2015, there was a memorable moment during a show by Rock Meets Classic, when a too-sedate Wacken audience, who had come to listen to a classical orchestra, was berated by "chief animator" Dee Snider, of Twisted Sister, that they weren't singing loud enough and doing their part to live up to the fame of Wacken crowds. After some dry exercises with "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock", Snider adjusted the sound to 120 decibels and finished with "Highway to Hell", so that the show got noticed in Kiel 70 kilometres away. A photo session by Pep Bonet, in his collection book we the republic of wacken, dealt with Wacken crowds in 180 pages and on 2 CDs. Shortly before and after the festival, German nationwide newspapers and magazines, such as Der Spiegel or Süddeutsche Zeitung, compete for the funniest pictures of the annual W:O:A event, so that the entire country has something to laugh about.
Therefore, Wacken is compared with Burning Man festival in Nevada or Fusion Festival in Lärz, but just for Hard'n Heavy fans. Although there is no dress code, in line with the metal subculture the crowd dresses in particular styles. Black is colour of first choice a T-shirt featuring a favorite band or a W:O:A T-shirt of the current or a previous year the wearer attended. Kutte with patches of favourite bands, kilts, studs and chains are popular. A special Wacken fashion is day-after the apocalypse, or medieval looks. Most of Wacken crowd are regular visitors. Many of them keep score by getting W:O:A tattoos, with stars for every year attended, or by a collection of entrance badges. A few couples were married at W:O:A, on stage in front of hundreds of metalheads who cried "their f—king eyes out" during the ceremonies. Others became engaged. For some visitors the festival is the highlight of the year, not just concerning music, but for their entire life, the place they desire to be all the time.
That's. I think, something special to Wacken, a all-day thing and people are here all-day. Hangover!? What ever. It's time to get up. It's time to rock. It's fucking raining?! We don't care. We are covered with mud?! We don't care; that is their time in a year. This their time to go. Just let it all loose. Forget all the problems and raid, it sounds properly wicked for some people, it is like a huge family party. They are all sorts of awful things going on in the world. Newspapers, you see it on the TV. All this bullshit, people going around killing people, murdering people in the name of religion or what the fucking is. I don't give a shit; because the one thing all of us stand for. This is not one nation; this is not one race. This is not one religion; these are all religions. Every race; every color. Every person; every gender, it use to be two or a few more. –
Saxon is the debut studio album by the English heavy metal band Saxon, released in 1979. Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic gave the album three stars out of five, and, in his mixed review, described it as "the quiet before the storm", criticised the band's then-lack of experience in the studio as well as their record label, for not knowing "how to capture a heavy metal sound on tape", meaning that the album "only hints at Saxon's true personality and songwriting potential", he said that the progressive rock sounding "Rainbow Theme"/"Frozen Rainbow" and glam rock sounding "Big Teaser" and "Still Fit to Boogie", "suggested some lingering doubts as to musical direction", but that, overall, "the LP helped to put Saxon on the map". A vinyl copy of the album was featured in the music video for "In The Beginning" by the hard rock band, Heaven. All tracks written by Paul Quinn, Graham Oliver, Steve Dawson and Pete Gill. Bonus tracks 14-18 recorded on Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show, transmitted 15 February 1980.
Bonus tracks 20-22 recorded live at Donington, 1980. SaxonBiff Byford - vocals Graham Oliver - guitar Paul Quinn - guitar Steve Dawson - bass guitar Pete Gill - drumsProductionJohn Verity - producer John Verity - engineer Livingstone Studios, UK - recording and mixing location
Into the Labyrinth (Saxon album)
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. 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; the song "Coming Home" is from Saxon's Killing Ground album, in an electric version. In November 2008, it was 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!'" All lyrics written by Biff Byford. Biff Byford – lead vocals Paul Quinn – lead guitar Doug Scarratt – rhythm guitar Nibbs Carter – bass guitar Nigel Glockler – drums Matthias Ulmer – keyboards
Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies
Rock'n' Roll Gypsies is the second live album by the band Saxon, released in 1989 by Roadrunner Records. It was the first album produced by Biff Byford and the first work with the bass guitarist Nibbs Carter. In addition it was the drummer Nigel Glockler's return to the band. In 2001, it was re-released with a different cover and two additional tracks, with production credited to the whole band and not just to Byford. "The Eagle Has Landed" and "Just Let Me Rock" are CD bonus tracks. Biff Byford - vocals Graham Oliver - guitar Paul Quinn - guitar Nibbs Carter - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drums
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Dogs of War (album)
Dogs of War is the twelfth studio album by the heavy metal band Saxon, released in 1995. It is the last album with Graham Oliver on guitar. All lyrics written by Byford/Glockler. A 2006 CD re-issue on SPV/Steamhammer Records includes two bonus live tracks: "The Great White Buffalo" and "Denim and Leather" recorded in 1995. Biff Byford - vocals Graham Oliver - guitars Paul Quinn - guitars Nibbs Carter - bass guitar Nigel Glockler - drums Rainer Hainsel - guitars ProductionBiff Byford - producer, mixing Rainer Hänsel - producer Kalle Trapp - mixing engineer John Mc Lane - mixing engineer Gems Studio in Boston, England - recording location Karo Studios, Germany - mixing location Paul R. Gregory - artwork