Sacrifice, the bands 20th album, features 10 of Saxons strongest, heaviest, most inspired songs for Many-a-year….. "Less tricks, More Power" says Biff Byford.
The band will do a 9 date UK tour in April to support the album release..
WITH A storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, Saxon will release "Sacrifice", on 25th February 2013 through UDR Records.
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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 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 classics to certain formats of the release, also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an orchestral 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.
* standard jewel case CD
* limited edition deluxe digibook (including a bonus disc featuring the revisited classic tracks)
* vinyl LP Picture Disc
* direct to consumer (D2C) fan package available exclusively for online order from online retailers
* digital download plus one bonus song Luck of the Draw (exclusive to iTunes)
3. Made In Belfast
4. Warriors Of The Road
5. Guardians Of The Tomb
6. Stand Up And Fight
7. Walking The Steel
8. Night Of The Wolf
9. Wheels Of Terror
10. Standing in A Queue
BONUS TRACK: Luck Of The Draw (on iTunes Only)
1. Crusader (orchestral version)
2.Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)
3. Requiem (Acoustic version)
4. Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)
5. Forever Free (Re-recorded version)