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 - Unplugged And Strung Up - Sealed - German - 2-LP vinyl set - £29.99, $42.29, €34.79 (New Item) (arrived 07-Jun-2021 10:27)on June 12, 2021 at 9:43 pm
SAXON Unplugged And Strung Up (Sealed 2013 German 14-track double LP pressed on audiophile heavyweight vinyl, complete with picture inners, gatefold picture sleeve. This copy is still sealed from new leaving it Mint and unplayed UDR0284LP)
- Saxon - Strong Arm Of The Law + Patch - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $42.30, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 05-May-2021 15:02)on June 12, 2021 at 9:43 pm
SAXON Strong Arm Of The Law (1980 UK limited edition 8-track LP, including Hungry Years and Heavy Metal Thunder, hype stickered picture sleeve complete with the hard to find bonus 9" square crackback stick & sew patch. The sleeve showssome minorstorage wear and the vinyl looks seldom played CAL120)
- Saxon - Wheels Of Steel - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $21.15, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 23-Mar-2021 11:31)on June 12, 2021 at 9:43 pm
SAXON Wheels Of Steel (1980 UK 9-track LP, the second longplayer from the British heavy metallers, including the singles Wheels of Steel and 747 [Strangers In The Night], picture sleeve. The sleeve shows a little shelfwear with the beginnings of a split to top edge whilst the vinyl shows only the lightest signs of play CAL115)
- Saxon - The Eagle Has Landed - UK - picture disc LP - £30.00, $42.30, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 15-Apr-2021 14:41)on June 12, 2021 at 9:43 pm
SAXON The Eagle Has Landed (1982 UK limited edition 10-track Picture Disc LP featuring tracks recorded live, with the fabulous 'eagle' logo on one side and five different live shots of the band on the other CAL137)
- Saxon - Destiny - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $16.92, €13.92 (New Item) (arrived 17-Apr-2021 11:54)on June 12, 2021 at 9:43 pm
SAXON Destiny (1988 UK 10-track vinyl LP featuring the ninth studio album including the singles Ride Like the Wind and I Can't Wait Anymore, glossy picture sleeve with lyric inner. The sleeve shows only light signs of storage wear, whilst the vinyl has just the odd light signs of play leaving it excellent EMC3543)
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