Title - 'Battering Ram'
Artist - Saxon
This coming October 16th, 2015, legendary British heavy metal quintet SAXON will release their 21st studio album, Battering Ram, in North America via UDR Music. Formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire, England, as one of the leaders 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. The band also had numerous singles in the UK Singles Chart and chart success all over Europe and Japan, as well as success in the US.
During the 1980s Saxon established themselves as one of Europe's biggest metal acts. The band tours regularly and have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.
This powerhaus new album kicks off with the Iron Maiden-inspired title track, 'Battering Ram,' which is backed by the spoken word opening of 'The Devil's Footprint' ("It was in the year of our Lord, 1855. The snow laid thick, far and wide ... something Evil passed my way") and then the ye olde storytelling of 'Queen Of Hearts.' The no nonsense 'Destroyer' is next and is followed by the telling-it-like-it-it track, 'Hard And Fast.'
Recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England, it's obvious that track-after-track Saxon threw down one thunderous performance after another on Battering Ram. Man, I would loved to have been a fly on the wall of that recording studio! Moving on, and next we get the rough, high seas turmoil of 'Eye Of The Storm.' Next up is the close-to-derailing 'Stand Your Ground,' which is backed by both 'Top Of The World' and 'To The End.' The "softer side" of Saxon comes through on the Unknown Soldier partly-spoken ballad entitled 'Kingdom Of The Cross' ("Comrades of their different coats came to fight and die"), and then the album comes to a close with the drunken fight song, 'Three Sheets To The Wind.'
FYI: Coming soon, Battering Ram will be available for pre-order via Amazon and various formats will include CD in Ecolbook, 180 gram Vinyl, Limited Edition Boxset (containing CD, Vinyl and a Bonus CD with the band performance of their Denim & Leather Tour “Saxon Over Sweden 2011” – 18 tracks).