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Too many weak tracks...
on 12 May 2012
Usually, when Saxon write songs with "Rock" in the title, they are lousy. The exception to that rule is the title track which opens "Rock the nations": it's actually a really good song, probably one of my favourite Saxon songs. However, that's as good as this album gets. The second song, "Battle Cry" is not too bad and would have made an OK filler on earlier Saxon albums. The rest of this album is atrocious. If you can keep listening as long as "Northern Lady" & "Party til you puke", you are hearing a band plumb the depths and deserve either a medal or a hearing test. It's hard to put into words how utterly dreadful this album is from track 3 onwards. If you are comfortable with buying a CD for one really good song, you might like this (think Motorhead's "Iron Fist" only 100 times worse). If you actually want to hear a whole album, get the title track as an *.MP3 and avoid the rest of it like the plague.
The only other redeeming feature of this release is that it has some bonus live tracks - including a great rendition of the title track from Reading 1986, so at least you get the one good song twice!