THUNDERBOLT (MILITIA GUARD)
KKK BRITISH METAL VETERANS STILL BREATHE THE FIRE OF OLD DRAGONS
■ AYOUNG Metallica couldn’t believe their luck when they scored their second and third gigs in March 1982 supporting Saxon at LA’S Whiskey A Go Go twice in one night. Along with fellow NWOBHM heroes Diamond Head and Budgie, the yorkshire men were paramount in influencing what would later become the biggest metal band of all-time – their early demo No Life Til Leather was even named in tribute to Saxon’s Denim And Leather anthem.all these years later and now 22 albums in, Saxon still very much kill the old way, pounding mid-tempo drums and screeching minor-key guitars laying the bedrock beneath Biff Byford’s signature wail. Doffing their caps to early touring buddies Motörhead on They Played Rock And Roll, while elsewhere sharing ancient wisdom on vampires, wizards and, um, roadies, Saxon’s blaze of metal glory is one with seemingly no end. DOWNLOAD: Thunderbolt. FOR FANS OF: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest.