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5.0 out of 5 stars
Hail to the kings, 13 May 2002
Over the past few years Saxon have made a dramatic U-Turn in the quality of their releases, ever since 'Solid Ball of Rock' the band has been releasing heavier and more thought out albums, a far cry from the depressing days of the too slick and polished 'Destiny', the album that some say should have buried them. Dogs of War, Forever Free and Metalhead are all good solid HM albums bearing the tell tale Saxon riffery. This brings us up to date with the release of Killing Ground, again, a typical release bearing all the trademarks of a Saxon album, out and out rockers 'Dragons Lair', ballads (if you can call it that, the subject material is a bit morbid) 'Shadows on the wall' and anthems 'Rock is our Life' and 'Deeds of Glory' all this makes great listening and apart from maybe 'Running for the Border' I can't pick a bad one out of them. The bonus disc on some releases is re-recorded classics such as 'Princess of the Night, Crusader and Motorcycle Man' although a full re-recorded classic release entitled 'heavy metal thunder' is expected for release soon this does whet the appetite for it, the songs sound so fresh and vibrant, they could have been written yesterday. It does however make you think that the reason its included at all is to somehow show that this Saxon (not Oliver/Dawson Saxon who only play the first few albums material live) are the boys behind the metal and can prove it.
An excellent release from one of Britains most underrated bands.