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Originally only available to fan club members, Saxon's documentary film 'Heavy Metal Thunder' is finally given a worldwide release in extended format with loads of extra goodies to keep the dandruff flying for a very long evening indoors indeed.

The documentary movie is a riveting watch for Saxon fans of all ages. Narrated by Toby Jepson, all members of Saxon past and present tell the story of the band from their early beginnings as Son Of A Bitch playing the Northern working men's clubs, travelling around the country in a transit van with a mattress laid over the top of the gear in order to get a night's rest.

Only drummer Pete Gill is absent but it's good to see that both Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, who've had a much publicised fall out with Saxon, get to tell their equal share and input into the early stages of the career of Saxon which saw these rise like an eagle supporting Motorhead on the Bomber Tour in '79 and gaining regular appearances on Top Of The Pops dominating the UK in both the single and album charts.

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No stone is left unturned as the sackings of Oliver and Dawson are explained squarely and fairly, although the two both share an equal passion to Saxon to this very day.

Even the days when Saxon tried to Americanize their career, changing their image to a style best left to the likes of Motley Crue and Ratt is discussed in detail, bringing their career right up to date with the current line up and becoming the kings of Wacken.

With anecdotes from Lemmy, Fast Eddie Clarke, Doro Pesch, Lars Ulrich et all the documentary is a must watch. The bonus disc is a whopper with a live in concert TV special of Saxon live on the Beat Club in Germany from 1981, interviews with the band from the 'Crusader' period and the entire show from the Shepherds Bush Empire in 2008.

A perfect night in for these chilly evenings. Just wrap yourself up in some denim 'n leather, crack open the tinnies and rock.

There's more Biff action on here than an entire re-run of Batman.

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