Call To Arms [VINYL]
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2011release, the 19th studio album from the veteran British Heavy Metal band. Fronted by the legendary Biff Byford, Saxon has been rocking the world with their own brand of Heavy Metal since they formed in 1976. Call To Arms features a guest appearance from Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey.
Top Customer Reviews
This band that 'got me into metal' more than 25 years ago. Good on 'em for making me very happy again!
It is worth buying just for the orchestral version alone.
All the tracks are typical Saxon at their very best.
'Hammer of the Gods' 'Back in 79' and 'Call to Arms' stand out as works of art but there are no 'fillers' here.
If you like,or have ever liked Saxon then this album will not let you down.
The bonus CD is 7 tracks remastered from the 'Live at Donnington' Album.The sound is excellent but if you already have it then you could save a few bob and just buy the single CD version.
The artwork inside is inspirational and has a good booklet containing photos and lyrics.
I'd give it a good 9/10.
Highlights ,well pretty much all of it,i believe this is the most consistent disc they have released in quite some time,although special mentions to,'Hammer of the Gods' which bursts forth from the speakers with tales of viking hordes,whilst 'Back in '79' reprises the days of Denim and leather,before my favourite track 'Surviving Against The Odds' rocks your world,this really should be the single,it could be Biff and the boys own story.
Further treats include the title track(both versions) with a sterling vocal from Biff,he really excells at this type of track, while 'When Doomsday Comes...' shimmers along a Zep like path with some splendid keyboards by Don Airey(he also appears on Mists of Avalon),then the Lizzy like opening of 'Ballad of the Workin Man' just exemplifies the class of the current line up.Read more ›
1. Hammer Of the Gods
2. Back in '79
3. Surviving Against the Odds
4. Mists of Avalon
5. Call to Arms
6. Chasing the Bullet
8. When Doomsday Comes
9. No Rest for the Wicked
10. Ballad of the Working Man
11. Call to Arms (Orchestral version)
Okay. I like Saxon since when I was lent 'Destiny' cassette by a friend to listen to. I liked the album so much that later I bought the CD for my best CD collections. It's one of my favourite albums of all time. They already did many albums. I bought another two - 'Rock The Nations' and 'A Collection Of Metal'. Typical British metal. Then lately in the 21st century, I got the previous album to this - 'Into The Labyrinth'. I love all of these albums. So I did not have any single problem with this latest 'Call To Arms'. It is not different. Typical Saxon.
When I was playing this out loud in my room, a pal asked me, 'Who is this ? It sounds 80's.' I said, 'It's new release by Saxon.' He said, 'So they still rock the nations?' I said, 'Oh yes, they do.' ;-)
This is like the old stuff with modern and powerful production values.
I'll be honest and say that I put off buying this album and thought, oh yeah, Saxon's recent stuff is pretty darn good so I'll get around to buying this when I get chance, maybe put it on the Christmas list. Well, how foolish I was for waiting because I've been missing out.
Great lyrics, riffs, songs, solos and structures - there are no fillers here - see the other reviews that have been posted.
If you like Saxon and/or you like 'proper' rock music then buy this now.
So many 'well-known' rock and metal bands these days are still going and turning out good to decent (to sometimes 'tired') stuff, a bit like the same old menu at that restaurant that needs a facelift and a new chef.
Saxon? With Call to Arms they provide perfectly cooked steak (especially if you like it medium to rare) without any need for a silly sauce or salad.
God bless Biff and the boys for this magnificent effort -Denim and Leather for the twenty-first century - cracking stuff!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
one of the best cds saxon have ever made and thay have made some classic ones just listen to back in 79 and call to arms and mists of Avalon.Published on 5 Aug. 2014 by Big Dave
Saxon are one of the last legendary bands from england, many years ago i was listening to denim and leather on my walkman....today im listening to Call to arms on my ipod! Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2012 by Safensecure 1
saxons latest album is a decent effort but for me that isnt really good enough, saxon are better than this and we all know it. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2012 by sean paul mccann