Category: News, Upcoming Album

Astatine Music had the great pleasure of getting to talk with one Mr. Biff Byford of the legendary metal act Saxon. The band is gearing up to hit the road in late February to celebrate the release of it’s 22nd album “Thunderbolt”. The tour starts off in the U.K. moving into mainland Europe. The follow up to 2015’s “Battering Ram” is sure not to disappoint old fans and sure to attract new ones. On  March 13th  Saxon will land on U.S. soil again in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania with NWOBHM peers Judas Priest.  Singer Biff Byford had this to say about the tour.

“Ok this is part 1 of the colossal Thunderbolt World tour we’re going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride.It’s gonna be fast and furious, dark and brooding. Monumental riffing and screaming vocals loud and proud it’s going to be a Saxon tour, unique in every way” 

This is a reflection of exactly what fans want from the band. This is the reason Saxon is releasing it’s 22nd album. This is why the band hasn’t let more than 3 years pass since their inception in 1979 without releasing an album. “Thunderbolt” saw the return of Andy Sneap for production duties. This will mark the third album in a row that he has had a hand in ether producing or engineering. In the interview below Biff and I discuss Andy’s role and why they like working with him.  The album is being released via Militia Guard label

Now a bit about thunderbolt. Like I said before long time Saxon fans will not be disappointed about the latest release. If you are not currently a Saxon fan let’s take a minute to explore what the band is about to release on the world tomorrow. The album is a twelve track opus to story telling. Twelve includes two versions of the song Nosferatu a nod the 1922 German horror film by the same name. The song is basically a 5 minute heavy metal paraphrase of the movie. Horror fans will be delighted to hear this.  THe album explores many topics in this far from phoned in 22nd album from the band. a few of our favorites are “They played Rock and Roll” and “The Secret of Flight” The first is about……I bet you can guess! It pays homage and reverence to the one and only Motörhead. It recalls the times the bands spent together on Saxon’s first major tour with them and how they “fell asleep with the sun” on that tour.  “The secret of Flight” delves into the human fascination with flight from the dawn of time as we watched eagles fly. It takes us through the history of our that facination from the story of Icarus to the Wright brothers. I prefer to think I’m flying like those eagles while the 2 part guitar solo rips through your soul. Get the album and try it!

In a very cool move by the band, Saxon had invited Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth to sing on the track “Predator”. It’s quite rare that such a talented vocalist will share duties with an outside singer. Good move by Saxon because t sure does work. Johan sings the low part over Biff on a song all about an apex hunter, or predator if you will. It’s a very haunting track with the addition of the low vocals. One must ask why not “Sons of Odin” a topic very near and dear to Johan’s heart. Biff even mentions that in the interview below. All things said this is a classic metal album and a great foot forward by the legendary band. It’s great to see legends like Saxon still doing what they do and staying true to the movement they were instrumental in starting. Not many bands have this lengthy of a career and when you hear “Thunderbolt” you will understand why they have stuck around for so long. Biff’s voice is unwavering both in the studio and live. If you were lucky enough to catch on the last tour with UFO you know what I mean. If not check the dates below to check out when they are coming to your part of the country.

TOUR DATES

3-13-18 in Wilkes-Barre, PA at Mohegan Sun Arena

3-15-18 in Youngstown, OH at Covelli Centre

3-17-18 in Uniondale, NY at Nassau Coliseum

3-18-18 in Washington, DC at Anthem

3-20-18 in Newark, NN at Prudential Center

3-22-18 in Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun Arena

3-25-18 in Ottawa, Can at The Arena – Td Place

3-27-18 in London, Can at Budweiser Gardens

3-28-18 in Oshawa, Can at Tribute Communications Centre

3-31-18 in Detroit, MI at Dtroit Masonic Temple

4-03-18 in Milwaukee, WI at Riverside Theater

4-05-18 in Green Bay, WI at Resch Center

4-06-18 in Hammond, IN at The Horshoe Casino

4-08-18 in Bloomington, IL at Grossinger Motors Arena

4-10-18 in Casper, WY at Casper Events Center

4-11-18 in Loveland, CO at Budweiser Events Center

4-15-18 in Kent, WA at Snoware Center

4-17-18 in Portland, OR at Veterans Memorial Coliseum

4-19-18 in San Francisco, CA at The Warfield

4-22-18 in Los Angeles, CA at Microsoft Theater

4-24-18 in Phoenix, AZ at Comerica Theater

4-26-18 in Tulsa, OK at Bok Center

4-28-18 in Dallas, TX at Bomb Factory

4-29-18 in Sugar Land,TX at Smart Financial Center

5-01-18 in San Antonio, TX at Freeman Coliseum