British heavy metal legends SAXON have pulled out of Australia's Soundwave festival due to delays in the recording sessions for the band's new studio album, "Call To Arms".
Commented the group: "We are, unfortunately, forced to cancel our Australia trip due scheduling problems with the new album recordings.
"We apologize for cancelling but due to the bad weather conditions we had in the U.K. during the recording sessions we have suffered various delays and we can't just drop the production and leave — we have producers booked and mix engineers waiting to finish the album, which is titled 'Call To Arms'.
"We have looked at this from all sides, but too many people are involved so we have made the choice to finish the album and we apologize again.
"We hope you can understand that we have not made this decision lightly."
The 2011 edition of Australia's Soundwave festival is set to take place in late February/early March.
SAXON is seeking a suitable record label to release the follow-up to 2009's "Into The Labyrinth" (SPV/Steamhammer), which will feature a guest appearance by legendary keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW).
SAXON had a busy year in 2010, which included performing a blinding set at Download in June, where to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Monsters of Rock show, they played their legendary "Wheels of Steel" album in its entirety for the first time ever.
As is becoming an almost yearly custom for SAXON, they will perform at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire in London on St. Georges Day, April 23, which promises to be a loud, rocking celebration of England's patron saint's day.
SAXON's last album, "Into The Labyrinth", sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 29 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The CD was recorded at the Twilight Hall in Krefeld, Germany, under the direction of Charlie Bauerfeind.