Saxon: fresher than ever

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With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed swagger to their sound, rock giants Saxon play at Leamington Assembly on Thursday April 18.

The band released their 20th album this year and show no signs of relenting on their musical crusade, despite selling 15 million albums worldwide.

Saxon formed in 1976 in Barnsley. As front-runners and leading lights of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.

Saxon also had numerous singles in the UK Singles Chart and chart success all over Europe and Japan. Between 1980 and 1987 Saxon established themselves as one of Europe’s biggest metal acts.

Their last album, released last month, is called Sacrifice and has already been positively received by rock fans across the world.

Biff Byford, frontman and founding member of Saxon, said :“The album has certainly been done from a more early ‘80s thrashier perspective. And it’s not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly, we’ve got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective.

“We’re really proud of the songwriting on this one.”

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

Biff added: “From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the basic, raw aspects which made us a great band in the first place.

“Living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon sound fresher than ever. I think the fans will love it.”

For tickets (£18.50) see leamingtonassembly.co.uk or call 01926 311311.