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SAXON To Release 'Thunderbolt' Album In February; Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

British heavy metal legends SAXON will release their 22nd studio album, "Thunderbolt", on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The follow-up to 2015's "Battering Ram" was once again helmed by producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH, ACCEPT and TESTAMENT, among others. The disc will feature original artwork by ...

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SAXON Completes Mixing 'Thunderbolt' Album

British heavy metal legends SAXON have completed mixing their new album, "Thunderbolt", for a tentative late January release. Singer Biff Byford told Canada's The Metal Voice on October 4 (see video below): "Andy [Sneap, producer] finished mixing it yesterday. The artwork's ready. I'm just doing all the credits now for the album, besides ...

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SAXON Completes Recording 'Thunderbolt' Album

British heavy metal legends SAXON have completed recording their new album, "Thunderbolt", for a tentative early 2018 release. Singer Biff Byford tells Myglobamind: "I finished doing the vocals on September 20th, and Andy Sneap is mixing it at the moment. It sounds really good. There are no big surprises on the CD. We ...

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Under Cöver - MOTÖRHEAD

Cover albums dropped during a career are often dubious contract fillers, though the exceptions can be downright glorious. THE RAMONES's "Acid Eaters" being one case, SLAYER's "Undisputed Attitude", SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES's "Through the Looking Glass" and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME's "The Anatomy Of" being others. What those ageless wonders the THE ROLLING STONES's ...

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The Solace System - EPICA

If you've been following this act since "The Phantom Agony" and "Consign to Oblivion", you'll attest to how greatly the band has matured. It's been a joy watching EPICA not merely stand toe-to-toe against anyone within its symphonic metal ranks, but prove to be a viable leader. The core team—Simone Simons, Mark Jansen and Coen ...

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UFO's Covers Album, 'The Salentino Cuts', Due In September

British rock legends UFO will release their first-ever covers album, paying homage to a dozen of their personal favorites. "The Salentino Cuts" includes several unexpected choices such as MAD SEASONS' "River Of Deceit", John Mellencamp's "Paper In Fire" and Bill Withers's "Ain't No Sunshine" alongside more traditional but nonetheless thrilling versions such as THE YARDBIRDS' ...

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SAXON: Trailer For 'The Solid Book Of Rock' 14-Disc Box Set

British heavy metal legends SAXON will release "The Solid Book Of Rock" on August 4. The set comprises fourteen discs in total — not only all nine of SAXON's studio albums from 1991 to 2009 but eight bonus tracks and two bonus CDs — "Classics Re-Recorded", originally issued with the initial pressings of "Killing Ground", ...

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SAXON's 'Thunderbolt' Album Could Feature Appearance By Late MOTÖRHEAD Icon LEMMY

"Thunderbolt", the forthcoming album from British heavy metal legends SAXON, could include a special appearance by the band's longtime friend, late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy. The follow-up to 2015's "Battering Ram", which is once again being recorded with British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT), will feature the song "They Played Rock And Roll", written about ...

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SAXON To Release 'Thunderbolt' Album In January 2018

British heavy metal legends SAXON have set "Thunderbolt as the title of their new album, tentatively due in January 2018. The follow-up to 2015's "Battering Ram" is once again being recorded with British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS and TESTAMENT, among others. SAXON singer Biff Byford last year revealed that ...

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SAXON Robbed Of Passports, Phones And Wallets

British heavy metal legends SAXON had their phones, passports and wallets stolen from their dressing room earlier today (Friday, June 1) at the U Rock festival at Campus Arena in Umeå, Sweden. The bandmembers have been able to travel following the theft, but some of their crew have not. The group says: "[We've had] no ...

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UFO And SAXON To Return To North America In The Fall

Due to demand following their hugely successful tour together in March and April, hard rock icons UFO and SAXON have announced more dates in the U.S., plus two in Canada, in September and October. UFO, featuring the long-standing line up of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Andy Parker (drums), Vinnie Moore (guitar) and ...

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BIFF BYFORD Says SAXON's Motto Is 'Never Surrender'

The Jimmy Cabbs 5150 Interview Series conducted an interview with SAXON frontman Biff Byford prior to the band's March 16 show at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California where they were the support act for UFO. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On SAXON's longevity: Biff: ...

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How SAXON Survived Through Hair Metal And Grunge

Mark Kadzielawa of 69 Faces Of Rock conducted an interview with vocalist Biff Byford of British heavy metal legends SAXON before the band's March 26 concert at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois. You can now watch the chat below. Asked what the biggest challenge was for SAXON to overcome during its forty-year career, ...

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SAXON's New Album Won't Arrive Before 2018

On March 16, former ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin conducted an interview with SAXON frontman Biff Byford and guitarist Doug Scarratt for Canada's The Metal Voice at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On SAXON's upcoming album: Biff: ...

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ARMORED SAINT: Official 'March Of The Saint' Performance Video

ARMORED SAINT will release a new live album, "Carpe Noctum", on February 24 via Metal Blade. Having toured with METALLICA, WHITESNAKE, ALICE COOPER, SCORPIONS and many other artists since their inception in the early '80s, ARMORED SAINT has always been a highly regarded live act — not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but ...

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