As the still-spreading Covid-19 virus continues to wreak havoc worldwide, British heavy metal legends Saxon have elected to temporarily put their planned follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed Thunderbolt album on the shelf, and throw fans a curveball by releasing an album of cover songs.
Saxon’s evergreen vocalist Biff Byford announced the news of the project in a video message posted on social media on November 17.
“I wanna tell you about a project we’re getting really excited about,” Byford said. “We’re just finishing it; I’m just finishing the vocals off now. It’s gonna be a cover album.”
“Somebody had the idea of doing something a bit of fun, because our new Saxon album has been put back till next year,” he explained. “So, yeah, we’re gonna call it Inspirations, and it’s a collection of songs that inspired us and influenced us to go down the rock and roll highway, looking for fame and fortune. So, yeah, there’s some big songs on there, there’s some surprises, some really difficult songs to play and to sing. But we like doing it.”
“I just finished the last vocal tonight,” Byford revealed. “We did it the old way — old Marshall amps, old Marshall amps, real drums in a huge hallway in a big stately home that we used near York. So there’s gonna be a video about that soon. Hopefully you’re gonna be able to pre-order the album before release. And we’re gonna drop a single soon, so keep your eyes open on social media for that.”
There is no firm news as yet as to when the band’s next ‘official’ studio album will be released. Saxon had completed 11 songs for the album, with Byford promising “it’s heavy.”
“I would say the direction is the same as Thunderbolt and Battering Ram  [and] Sacrifice ,” the singer told The Metal Voice. “It’s heavy and it’s quite British [-sounding]; we like to retain that.”
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- Saxon - Never Surrender - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $8.56, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 28-Sep-2022 15:45)on September 28, 2022 at 5:16 pm
SAXON Never Surrender (1981 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including 20,000 FT [Remix]. The paper picture sleeve has just a little wear while the vinyl remains excellent with only light signs of play CAR204)
- Saxon - Rock 'n Roll Gypsy - UK - 7" picture disc - £15.00, $16.05, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 21-Sep-2022 13:08)on September 28, 2022 at 5:16 pm
SAXON Rock 'n Roll Gypsy (1985 UK limited edition 7" picture disc also featuring Krakatoa, clear PVC sleeve RP6112)
- Saxon - Denim And Leather - Blue & White Vinyl - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £29.99, $32.09, €33.59 (New Item) (arrived 28-Mar-2022 10:07)on September 28, 2022 at 5:16 pm
SAXON Denim And Leather (2018 UK limited edition issue LP of their 1981 9-track fourth studio album now pressed on Blue & White Splattered Vinyl, including the singles Princess Of The Night, Never Surrenderplus And The Band's Played On, which was inspired by their appearance at the inaugural Monsters Of Rock festival in 1980. The vinyl is in BRAND NEW condition housed in the picture sleeve which remains sealed within its hype-stickered shrinkwrap BMGCAT161LP) **Limited to 500 Copies Only**
- Saxon - Power And The Glory + P/S - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $12.84, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 26-Apr-2022 15:33)on September 28, 2022 at 5:16 pm
SAXON Power And The Glory (1983 UK 7" vinyl single with an intact four prong centre, also includes See The Light Shining [Live Version], within a glossy flipback style card picture sleeve. The sleeve dislays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played SAXON1)
- Saxon - Back On The Streets - UK - shaped picture disc - £20.00, $21.40, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 16-May-2022 13:44)on September 28, 2022 at 5:16 pm
SAXON Back On The Streets (1985 UK limited edition Apple shaped 7" Picture Disc single, also including Live Fast Die Young, within a clear PVC sleeve RP6130)
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