SAXON

THUNDERBOLT (MILI­TIA GUARD)

Kerrang! (UK) - - REVIEWS - AMIT SHARMA

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.

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