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. 

Go to WWW.SAXON747.COM for more info