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on 21 April 2009
A step up from the patchy 'Inner Sanctum', but not quite reaching the heights of 'Lionheart' (which doesn't have a weak track on it), this is a fine addition to the vast Saxon catalogue. The dynamite riffs of 'Battalions of Steel' and 'Valley of the Kings' are perfect for Biff's vocal melodrama, and make this a worthwhile purchase alone. Delivering the dependable metal feel without sounding tired - the guitars are crunchy and full, and the production generally is top notch. Elsewhere on the album, 'Demon Sweeney Todd' has a suitable razor sharp edge to it's rant, whilst 'Slow Lane Blues' offers a change of pace that still retains the heaviness you paid your money for. As for the slide version of 'Coming Home', well, why not? It's maybe not a style you'd associate with Saxon, but they've never been afraid to diversify now and then, and it's not too bad. Don't do a whole unplugged album though, chaps. Blimey.
So with 'Live to Rock' delivering the catchy, crowd pleasing sentiment, 'Crime of Passion' giving an air of menace to the proceedings and the solid ballad of 'Voice' there's a nicely balanced feel. The power chords churn out of 'Protect Yourselves', 'Hellcat' feels like a bit of a filler and could easily have been left off, 'Come Rock of Ages' gets back to the quality riffing though and, all in all, this is Saxon doing a superb job. I was there in the '80's, and this album is as good as any they produced then, and delivered with just as much conviction. So if you're hesitating, don't.
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