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 - Carpe Diem - UK - vinyl LP - £24.99, $30.24, €27.99 (New Item) (arrived 04-Feb-2023 10:14)on February 5, 2023 at 1:10 am
SAXON Carpe Diem (2022 UK/EU limited edition 10-track LP pressed on Heavyweight Black Vinyl, bristling with still-clad riffery & proud intent, Carpe Diem is the statement which reminds heavy metal fans worldwide who the true masters of British Metal are, Saxon’s most dynamic release in many a year! Comes housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve with embossed logo, one sided insert & a printed inner sleeve with credits. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl reveals only minor play SLM089P42)
- Saxon - Call To Arms - UK - vinyl LP - £69.99, $84.69, €78.39 (New Item) (arrived 05-Oct-2022 17:26)on February 5, 2023 at 1:10 am
SAXON Call To Arms (2011 UK/EU limited edtition 11-tracK vinyl LP - Packing an armoury of steel-coated riffs and songwriting swagger, British hard rock legends Saxon present 'Call To Arms', their 19th studio album. Co-produced by singer / songwriter Biff Byford and Toby Jepson [Little Angels], 'Call To Arms' is bang on-the-money brilliant Saxon music, a confident embrace of the aura and writing values from their early years married perfectly to a modern Saxon crunch. Gatefold picture sleeve & factory sealed)
- Saxon - Strong Arm Of The Law - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.15, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 23-Sep-2022 09:32)on February 5, 2023 at 1:10 am
SAXON Strong Arm Of The Law (1980 UK Carrere label 9-track vinyl LP including Hungry Years and Heavy Metal Thunder. The gatefold picture sleeve has some minor storage wear and the vinyl is remains in barely played condition CAL120)
- Saxon - Power & The Glory - UK - picture disc LP - £25.00, $30.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 23-Sep-2022 09:48)on February 5, 2023 at 1:10 am
SAXON Power & The Glory (1983 UK limited edition 8-track Picture Disc LP, their fifth studio album but the first album to feature Nigel Glockler, including the singles Nightmare and the title track. The disc is in excellent condition within the clear PVC sleeve CALP147)
- Saxon - Nightmare - EX - UK - 12" vinyl - £9.99, $12.09, €11.19 (New Item) (arrived 23-Sep-2022 09:52)on February 5, 2023 at 1:10 am
SAXON Nightmare (1983 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also including Midas Touch plus a live version of '747 [Strangers In The Night]'. The glossy picture sleeve has signs of shelfwear evident to the edges but the vinyl looks barely played CART284)
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