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Best album for years
on 8 March 2013
I wasnt sure what to expect with sacrifice. Saxon certainly fire albums out thick and fast, even in the last few years theres almost been one each year. How many bands around do that?
My rediscovery of Saxon after being a fan in the 80 s was inner sanctum which was different for them but thoroughly enjoyable. They d done a late booking show at download 2008. Third stage tent/marquee. To my knowledge they hadnt done any notable shows in the uk for a good few years so lots of people crammed into the marquee and beyond to see them again. I got the feeling that they themselves didnt know what the reception would be like. Short set, played a mixture of new and old stuff.Went down very well and certainly one of the bands of the wkend for me and reviewers. God knows how many times ive seen them since, its lots ! So after that show I was a fan again and went straight out and bought the inner album. Followed by the labyrinth then call to arms as they were released. Both admirable efforts and well worth a buy.
Sacrifice: I d read reviews before release that it was heavier than normal for todays saxon and a blast back to their old selves in the 80 s. So finally got my copy yesterday and was blown away with the first listen. certainly harder, certainly heavier than recent albums. Theyve definately stepped up to the plate with this one. If it hadnt been for the reviews i probably wouldnt have bought it. I get bored with bands quite easy nowadays and admittedly hadnt played any of their stuff for a good while now. Theyre not young lads anymore but to be knocking material out like this after 20 studio albums and touring constantly... and doing awesome shows !!! that takes some doing. So sacrifice, Im not gonna boringly give song by song reviews as you ll make your own mind up. Best album by saxon for years without doubt. I cant recommend this album high enough. You know what to expect with saxon. Youre never gonna get thrash or hardcore. Its nwobhm as good as it gets. The only improvement could be perhaps a couple of extra tracks. 9 tracks in todays world is a little short, there is 10 but the first one is just an intro really. However they have reproduced a few old classics on cd2 which are good. Happy listening guys \m/