SAXON ADD MORE DATES – ALBUM OUT SOON

SAXON ADD MORE DATES – ALBUM OUT SOON

SaxonSacrLogoNWOBHM icons Saxon have announced 4 more dates in spring, taking them to Dublin, Belfast, Oxford and Falmouth, in addition to those already confirmed. 

Saxon’s new studio album Sacrifice will be out on February 25th.

SAXON TO DELIVER NEW ALBUM ‘SACRIFICE’ IN MARCH

SAXON TO DELIVER NEW ALBUM ‘SACRIFICE’ IN MARCH

With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, Saxon will release Sacrifice, on 4th March 2013 through U D R Records. Taking a sharper, re-invigorated approach to the production, on this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, and a more than worthy successor to their last album A Call To Arms.

“Less tricks, more power!” roars frontman and founding father Biff Byford, “my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration.”

The album was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and engineering by Jacky Lehmann. It fairly bristles with muscular metallic intent, Paul Quinn’s and Doug Scarratt’s guitar work the best it’s ever been, while Biff’s vocals sound fresher and livelier. The songwriting too harks back to a classic era in Saxon’s history, with the likes of Warriors Of The Road, Wheels Of Terror and Stand Up And Fight evoking the halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist, the classic Saxon sound absorbing the snarl, ferocity and attitude of contemporary bands (and fans) such as Megadeth, as evidenced by the crunching title cut Sacrifice.

“It’s certainly been done from a more early ’80s thrashier perspective” explains Biff, “and it’s not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly, they’ve got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective.”

Besides the new material, Saxon will also be adding some unique recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release, also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an orchestrated version of Crusader and an acoustic version of Frozen Rainbow.

“From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw aspects which made us great in the first place” concludes Biff, “And living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon-songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon fresher than ever”.

IN STORES March 4th, 2013

FORMAT

. a standard jewel case CD – UDR 0152 CD
. a limited edition deluxe digibook (including a bonus disc featuring the revisited classic tracks) – UDR 0150 CD
. a vinyl LP picture disc – UDR 0153 LP
. a Direct to Consumer (D2C) fan package available exclusively for online order from online retailers) – UDR 0156 D2C
. a digital download plus one bonus song, ‘Luck Of The Draw’ (on iTunes exclusive) – UDR 0155 

TRACK LISTING: 

01 Procession
02 Sacrifice
03 Made In Belfast
04 Warriors Of The Road
05 Guardians Of The Tomb
06 Stand Up And Fight
07 Walking The Steel
08 Night Of The Wolf
09 Wheels Of Terror
10 Standing In A Queue

BONUS TRACK:

Luck Of The Draw (on iTunes only)
01 Crusader (Orchestrated version)
02 Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)
03 Requiem (Acoustic version)
04 Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)
05 Forever Free (Re-recorded version)

 

UK TOUR DATES:

Date City Venue Box Office Info
April        
Thur 18th Leamington Spa Assembly 0844 854 1358 www.leamingtonassembly.com/
Fri 19th Nottingham Rock City 0845 413 4444 – www.rock-city.co.uk
Sat 20th Newcastle O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 – o2academynewcastle.co.uk
Sun 21st Glasgow O2 ABC 0844 844 4747 www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk
Tue 23rd Manchester HMV Ritz 0844 478 0898 – www.hmvritz.com
Wed 24th Leeds O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 – www.o2academyleeds.co.uk
Fri 26th Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall 0844 478 0898 – www.wolvescivic.co.uk
Sat 27th London* O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 871 8803 – www.kililive.com
Sun 28th Bristol O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 – www.o2academybristol.co.uk
May        
Wed 1st Dublin Academy +353 1 877 9999 – www.theacademydublin.com
Fri 3rd Belfast Mandela Hall 02890 971 062 – http://www.qubsu-ents.com/events
Sun 5th Oxford Academy 0844 477 2000 – http://www.o2academyoxford.co.uk/
Mon 6th Falmouth Princess Pavillion 01326 211222 – http://www.carrickleisureservices.org.uk/

Tickets for all venues are priced at £18.50 except for London* where they are £20.00 (all subject to booking fee). Tickets available at Kililive.com Tel: 0844 871 8803 and usual outlets. Doors for all venues open at 7pm. 

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SAXON RELEASE HEAVY METAL THUNDER – THE MOVIE ON 10TH DECEMBER

SAXON RELEASE HEAVY METAL THUNDER – THE MOVIE ON 10TH DECEMBER

The silver eagle has finally landed for audiences worldwide!

After enjoying a limited “Fan Club Only” UK release, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, Saxon’s wonderfully unfiltered and intimate account of their ascent to the upper echelons of heavy metal, will finally enjoy an international release this December. The double-disc set features the soon-to-be-celebrated story of Saxon, while the second disc is packed with bonus features including a full-length performance (on St. George’s Day) from April 23rd, 2008. Rivetingly honest, and including the frank memories of every musician who has played in the band, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie pieces together the earliest incarnations of Saxon, from frontman Biff Byford’s teenage years in the coalmines of Yorkshire and Son Of A Bitch (the first incarnation of Saxon) all the way through to top 10 hits and world tours. “Our music was more sort of machinery banging together, wheels turning, machines making noise,” says Biff of those early, industrial days, “It’s what Heavy Metal is all about. Heavy Metal is all about hard, big sounds bashing your skull in. I used to work in factories where big machinery made lot of noise and I used to sing along to the noises they made.”

It is a documentary which looks for all the world as though it’s a superbly crafted script, as much a tale of pure, honest, working class triumph as just another rock’n’roll story. Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie shows every facet of Saxon on their journey without once diluting the true characters who make up the band. “We basically played every dump and shithole that there is in England over a period, probably just short of eight years,” laughs Biff. “You know classic cliché of transit van, up and down and we used to play more or less every night. One gig might be a good paying gig and the other one might be no money or ten quid but it was an obsession, you had to play every day.” These wonderfully naïve young men sought nothing more than a great gig, a good time and maybe a nice girl, before suddenly finding themselves on tour in the US, exposed to the sorts of things which (quite frankly) Barnsley simply didn’t offer in 1980. And from that point, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, takes the viewer on a journey – on a rock’n’roller of a journey encompassing it all from triumphs to tears to tea-bags and beyond.

Nothing is forsaken and nothing skipped. Despite the fact that to this day there remain problems between the Byford/Quinn and Oliver/Dawson parties, everyone tells the full-unedited Saxon story with heartfelt honesty and integrity.

“We do have a great legacy,” says Byford, “whether you joined the band in 1994 or (as) an original member. There’s a legacy there and I’ve tried hard to not let people demean it and to spoil it and you have to look after that thing that is Saxon.”

Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie will entertain, engage and charm fans and non-fans alike. That’s a truth as honest as the film itself.

IN STORES: 
UK: December 10th, 2012

FORMAT
. DVD Digipack (2 Discs)
. Blu-ray

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SAXON ANNOUNCE APRIL 2013 UK TOUR

SAXON ANNOUNCE APRIL 2013 UK TOUR

Never tired of the road, Saxon announce the UK leg of their Sacrifice World Tour in support of the upcoming album of the same name. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends will play 9 dates in April 2013 and they can’t wait to share their new material on stage. 

Throughout the years, Saxon have been touring relentlessly and earning an excellent reputation for the quality and energy of their performances. This is documented in their ‘Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie’, which is released on 7th December. As UK fans await ‘Sacrifice’ with the same anticipation reserved for Saxon’s previous work, they know the spring shows will be – as always – a treat not to be missed.

Biff Byford says “People have been asking me if this is going to be our last album and tour – we don’t know yet we’ll see how it goes.” 

Full details are: –

Date City Venue Box Office Info
April        
Thur 18th Leamington Spa Assembly 0844 854 1358 www.leamingtonassembly.com/
Fri 19th Nottingham Rock City 0845 413 4444 www.rock-city.co.uk
Sat 20th Newcastle O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 o2academynewcastle.co.uk
Sun 21st Glasgow O2 ABC 0844 844 4747 www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk
Tue 23rd Manchester HMV Ritz 0844 478 0898 www.hmvritz.com
Wed 24th Leeds O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyleeds.co.uk
Fri 26th Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall 0844 478 0898 www.wolvescivic.co.uk
Sat 27th London* O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 871 8803 www.kililive.com
Sun 28th Bristol O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academybristol.co.uk

Tickets for all venues are priced at £18.50 except for London* where they are £20.00 (all subject to booking fee). Tickets available at Kililive.com Tel: 0844 871 8803 and usual outlets. Doors for all venues open at 7pm. 

After more than 35 years and 13 million albums sold worldwide, Saxon are still relentless and passionate as they were back in the days of ‘Wheels of Steel’ and ‘Denim and Leather’. The influential heavy metal outfit has been an inspiration for the likes of Metallica and Megadeth and a front-runner for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal sweeping the nation in the late 70s-early 80s. New Studio album ‘Sacrifice’ out on February 25th, will be album number 20 in their stellar career, and fans are as excited as they were when Saxon first made their initial impact on the metal scene.

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LIMITED EDITION DVD PACK ALREADY SOLD OUT MAIN STAGE SLOT AT DOWNLOAD COMING UP

LIMITED EDITION DVD PACK ALREADY SOLD OUT MAIN STAGE SLOT AT DOWNLOAD COMING UP

Freshly released, the Limited Edition (1000 copies only) format of the Saxon box set Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles Over Wacken has already SOLD OUT. Hot on the heels of the release’ success, the band is now looking forward to a Main Stage slot at this year’s Download. 

Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles over Wacken is available in several other formats, including vinyl. The release features DVD highlights from Saxon’s Wacken shows in 2004, 2007 and 2009 comprising 30 songs, plus a live CD from Glasgow in 2011. The British heavy metal legends perform all their unforgettable classics, from Denim & Leather and Metalhead to Heavy Metal Thunder and from Princess Of The Night to Crusader, for the 75,000 strong audience of the traditional German gathering.

“When we first played Wacken, it was a small festival with a small stage in a small field, driven by nothing more than raw enthusiasm, which appealed very much to us!” says Biff Byford, Saxon’s venerable frontman. “It started as fans putting on a festival for fans, and now it’s fair to say that it is to Heavy Metal what the Donington Festival used to be. That was the iconic heavy metal festival of the 80s, and Wacken is the iconic heavy metal festival of ‘now’. And when the eagle comes down at Wacken, when it opens up over the audience, it is always an electric moment for those there” comments frontman Biff Byford referring to the famous Saxon metal eagle, now a symbol of both Wacken and Saxon’s history.

One of the best ever live metal bands and one of the best ever live metal Festivals come together, in a package sure to satisfy the most demanding fan and the youngest heavy metal follower wanting to get his hands on a piece of the genre’s glorious past.

For a full list of formats see below:

1. 2 CD + 1 DVD Digipack (cat no. UDR 0100 CD+DVD)

1 DVD: Best Of W:O:A (2004/2007/2009)
2 bonus audio CDs: Glasgow Live, April 14th 2011

BEST OF W:O:A 2009,’07,’04

01 Battalions Of Steel
02 Heavy Metal Thunder
03 Metalhead
04 Let Me Feel Your Power
05 To Hell And Back Again
06 If I Was You
07 Killing Ground
08 Unleash The Beast
09 Dogs Of War
10 Rock’n’Roll Gypsy

11 Travellers In Time
12 The Eagle Has Landed
13 747 (Strangers In The Night)
14 Dallas 1 p.m.
15 Witchfinder
16 Solid Ball Of Rock
17 20.000 Feet
18 Red Star Falling
19 Rock The Nations
20 The Power And The Glory

21 Stallions Of The Highway
22 Live To Rock
23 And The Bands Played On
24 Princess Of The Night
25 I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
26 Attila The Hun
27 Denim And Leather
28 Ashes To Ashes
29 Crusader
30 Wheels Of Steel 

GLASGOW LIVE, APRIL 14th, 2011

01 Hybrid (Intro)
02 Hammer Of The Gods
03 Heavy Metal Thunder
04 Back In 79
05 Never Surrender
06 I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
07 Dallas 1 p.m.
08 Call To Arms
09 Solid Ball of Rock
10 Demon Sweeney Todd
11 And The Bands Played On
12 Man And Machine
13 Play It Loud
14 When Doomsday Comes(Hybrid Theory)
15 To Hell And Back Again
16 Motorcycle Man
17 Denim And Leather
18 Princess Of The Night
19 Crusader
20 747 (Strangers In The Night)
21 The Eagle Has Landed
22 20,000 Feet
23 Strong Arm Of The Law
24 Wheels Of Steel 

2. Amaray 1 DVD (cat no. UDR 0101 DVD)

. Best Of W:O:A (2004/2007/2009)

3. 2 CD (Jewel Case – cat no. UDR 0102 CD)

. W:O:A 2009 – Fan’s Choice Set list

W:O:A 2009 – FANS CHOICE SET LIST – FULL SHOW

01 Battalions Of Steel
02 Let Me Feel Your Power
03 Lion Heart
04 Strong Arm Of The Law
05 Killing Ground
06 Metalhead
07 Wheels Of Steel
08 Unleash The Beast
09 Dogs Of War
10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsy
11 Rock The Nations
12 Motorcycle Man
13 Forever Free
14 Solid Ball Of Rock
15 Crusader
16 The Power And The Glory
17 Princess Of The Night
18 Heavy Metal Thunder
19 Live To Rock
20 747 (Strangers In The Night)
21 Stallions Of The Highway
22 Denim And Leather 

4. 3 X VINYL LP 12″ Gatefold (cat no. UDR 0103 LP)

. W:O:A 2009 – Fan’s Choice Set list

5. D2C (Limited Edition 1000 copies – 4 DVDs SOLD OUT) (cat no. UDR 0104 BOX)

6. . also available as digital downloads in various versions

UK DATES

26.05.2012 London – Hammersmith – Apollo (with Judas Priest)
09.06 2012 Donington – Download Festival

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BIFF BYFORD JOINS METALLICA ON STAGE

BIFF BYFORD JOINS METALLICA ON STAGE

Biff-&-MetallicaSaxon lead singer Biff Byford flew from Helsinki to San Francisco this week to join Metallica on stage in one of the band’s 30th Anniversary shows.  Byford couldn’t miss the chance to celebrate such a milestone in Metallica’s career, and took advantage of a two days gap in Saxon’s current tour to make the event. The iconic British metal vocalist performed the Saxon classic ‘Motorcycle Man’ at the Fillmore with Metallica on 5th December.

It’s not the first time Biff and Metallica have surprised their fans with a live rendition of the song: in 2009, Byford joined the cult band in Paris, at Palais Omnisport de Bercy. Fans footage can be seen below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcx3OjNMlu4

Metallica’s second-ever gig was opening for Saxon, and Biff has been a long time friend of the San Francisco heavy metal giants; like many other seminal bands of the genre, Metallica always recognized Saxon as one of their main influences.

Biff Byford is the original frontman and main force in Saxon, who recently released their 19th studio album, the acclaimed ‘Call to Arms’; he continues leading the pack and mesmerizing audiences with his energetic performances, together with Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitars, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums.

Saxon will hit the UK for the second time this year in December, performing a mix of old unforgettable heavy metal classics and more recent material, except for the London show where they will perform ‘Denim and Leather’ in its entirety as a special treat for their fans.

Dates as follows, support from Hammerfall:

Date City Venue Box Office Info
December        
Tues 13th Oxford 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyoxford.co.uk
Wed 14th Leicester 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyleicester.co.uk
Fri 16th Edinburgh Picturehouse 0844 847 1740 www.meanfiddler.com
Sat 17th Belfast Mandela Hall 0844 277 4455 www.qubsu-ents.com
Mon 19th Sheffield 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academysheffield.co.uk
Tues  20th London Koko 0844 477 1000 www.koko.uk.com/

Tickets are priced at £18.50 for all shows except London where they are £20.00 and are subject to booking fee.  Doors open for all shows at 7.00pm except Edinburgh 6.30pm

Saxon formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, and went on to lead the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. They had 8 Top 40 albums in the UK in the 1980s – including 4 Top 10 – plus an impressive amount of Top 20 singles. Saxon have sold more than 13 million albums worldwide and heavily influenced bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Sodom and Running Wild. Live performances have always been one of the biggest strengths for the band, which is renowned as one of the best heavy metal live acts Britain ever fathered.

“They leave the stage as conquering heroes.”  Classic Rock