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'Heavy But Poorly Produced'
on 14 February 2017
Listening to 'The Inner Sanctum' leaves you in no doubt whatsoever that Saxon have yet to mellow with age but however heavy and loud they remain few of the actual songs here are wildly inspiring...
Sure, 'Red Star Falling' has a potent lyrical kick and the closer, 'Atila The Hun' is as bone crushing as some of the groups best work but for the most part the album falls into the 'just another Saxon album' category. 'I've Got to Stay Alive' and 'Let Me Feel Your Power' definitely have hints of a re-used classic Saxon riff about them and the commercial edge that helped make the band so popular has disappeared now in favour of out and out volume. Melody is in short supply throughout in fact and I agree with the reviewer who objects to the compressed sound, I mean, let's face it, Biff and the boys are PLENTY loud enough already!
Overall, while the 'The Inner Sanctum' is not a bad record (if you like Saxon already you won't hate this) it does nothing to add to the bands legacy and the unsympathetic style of production has pretty much robbed the band of their identity (a lot of Biff's usually soaring, powerhouse vocals are tucked well back in the mix) turning them into 'just another competent heavy metal outfit'.