Craig Hale

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (60 of 65)
Location: Cheltenham, UK


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Masters Of Rock: Saxon ~ Saxon
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Metal Masters, 4 Jun 2006
A fantastic compilation of a most underated Metal Band.

The tracks on this compilation provide a true reflection of the ever changing styles - yet consistant attitude - of Saxon.

Since their emergence during the NWOBHM era, Saxon found themselves in the commercial shadow of Iron Maiden and Def Leppard.

Yet, despite all odds, this band is still going strong today and this compilation provides the evidence of why that is so.

Full of anthems that are now qualified as Metal/Rock classics, this compilation is an ideal platform for listeners not sure where to start in their introduction to Saxon.

If you are a fan of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest,… Read more
Lionheart ~ Saxon
Lionheart ~ Saxon
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
If fans of metal and rock were pleased with the direction Saxon have been taking over the last few albums (Unleash the Beast, Metal Head, Killing Ground) they will be more than happy with 'Lionheart'. This is a natural progression for the band and they sound better than ever! Saxon have found a sound that is distinctly their very own!
Highlights of the album are too numerous to isolate, but rock fans will be content to hear the title track - a sequel to 'Crusader' - bring back memories of a time when Rock and Metal were not simply an art form to be exploited by the likes of certain contemporary artists.
Byford's vocals are amazing and have evolved to an incredible degree over the… Read more
The X-Factor ~ Iron Maiden
The X-Factor ~ Iron Maiden
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Like many fans, I was initially turned off by the drastic change of vocal style when Bruce Dickinson left and Blaze Bailey stepped in. Bailey's style is so different to Dickinson's that the 'Maiden' sound took a step towards another dimension!
At first, I could not get into this new sound, particularly Bailey's style of singing.
But, as all the best albums achieve, 'Sign Of The Cross' began to grow on me. I found myself humming the title track, 'Lord Of The Flies' and 'Man On The Edge' without realising it. More importantly, this new arrival breathed a new life into the band's writing and performance. Maiden's music became more disciplined, yet more emotional (very lacking with… Read more

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