Unleash the Beast

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Unleash the Beast
Studio album by
Released17 October 1997
RecordedKaro Studios, Brackel, Germany, 1997
GenreHeavy metal
LabelCBH/Virgin, CMC International
ProducerKalle Trapp and Saxon
Saxon chronology
A Collection of Metal
Unleash the Beast
Donnington: The Live Tracks
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[2]

Unleash the Beast is Saxon's thirteenth studio album, released in 1997. It is the first studio album without Graham Oliver on guitar, who was replaced by Doug Scarratt, making it the first album to feature the band's current lineup.

Track listing[edit]

1."Gothic Dreams"Biff Byford, Nigel Glockler1:33
2."Unleash the Beast"Byford, Doug Scarratt, Nibbs Carter, Glockler5:16
3."Terminal Velocity"Byford, Paul Quinn, Scarratt, Carter, Glockler4:43
4."Circle of Light"Byford, Scarratt, Carter, Glockler5:26
5."The Thin Red Line"Byford, Scarratt, Carter, Glockler6:20
6."Ministry of Fools"Byford, Scarratt, Carter, Glockler4:29
7."The Preacher"Byford, Quinn, Scarratt, Carter, Glockler4:55
8."Bloodletter"Byford, Quinn, Scarratt, Carter, Glockler5:31
9."Cut Out the Disease"Byford, Quinn, Scarratt, Carter, Glockler5:23
10."Absent Friends"Byford, Quinn, Scarratt, Carter, Glockler4:54
11."All Hell Breaking Loose"Byford, Quinn, Scarratt, Carter4:31


  • Kalle Trapp - producer, mixing
  • Saxon - producer
  • Karo Studios, Brackel, Germany - recording and mixing location
  • Biff Byford - mixing

Lyrical concept[edit]

  1. "Unleash the Beast" is about a fictional story of stone gargoyles coming alive.
  2. "Circle of Light" follows a man who has an out-of-body experience and watches as surgeons bring him back to life.
  3. "The Thin Red Line" is about the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War.
  4. "Ministry of Fools" possibly concerns the media and authority.
  5. "The Preacher" is about a preacher trying to convert someone to his religion.
  6. "Bloodletter" is about vampires.
  7. "Cut Out the Disease" is about treason between friends.
  8. "Absent Friends" is about the death of a very close friend. John 'JJ' Jones
  9. "All Hell Breaking Loose" describes the passing of a hurricane.


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Saxon Unleash the Beast". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 385. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.