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 - Denim And Leather - Red & Black Splatter Vinyl - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £34.99, $47.94, €40.59 (New Item) (arrived 21-Sep-2021 12:52)on September 22, 2021 at 3:30 am
SAXON Denim And Leather (2021 UK HMV exclusive limited edition issue LP of their 1981 9-track fourth studio album pressed on RED & BLACK SPLATTER VINYL, including the singles Princess Of The Night, Never Surrender plus 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 with series wraparound insert which remains sealed in its hype-stickered shrinkwrap BMGCAT161CLP) **Limited to 1000 Copies Only**
- Saxon - And The Bands Played On - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $27.40, €23.20 (New Item) (arrived 06-Jul-2021 09:56)on September 22, 2021 at 3:30 am
SAXON And The Bands Played On (1981 Japanese wide centre 7" vinyl single, also including Hungry Years, complete with the unique picture insert with lyrics on the reverse P-1540G)
- Saxon - Rock The Nations - UK - shaped picture disc - £25.00, $34.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 06-May-2021 18:33)on September 22, 2021 at 3:30 am
SAXON Rock The Nations (1986 UK limited edition 3-track shaped 7" Picture Disc single, also including 747 (Strangers In The Night) & And The Bands Played On, clear PVC sleeve EMIP5587)
- Saxon - Sacrifice - German - vinyl LP - £39.99, $54.79, €46.39 (New Item) (arrived 11-May-2021 16:24)on September 22, 2021 at 3:30 am
SAXON Sacrifice (2013 German limited edition 10-track Picture Disc, gatefold picture sleeve wtih postcard. This copy is still sealed in its shrinkwrap from new leaving it Mint and unplayed UDR0153LP)
- Saxon - Power & The Glory - UK - picture disc LP - £25.00, $34.25, €29.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 13-May-2021 10:57)on September 22, 2021 at 3:30 am
SAXON Power & The Glory (1983 UK limited edition 8-track Picture Disc LP, the first album to feature Nigel Glockler, clear PVC sleeve CALP147)
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