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 - Strong Arm Of The Law - UK - 7" vinyl - £6.99, $8.81, €8.25 (New Item) (arrived 25-May-2022 13:52)on May 29, 2022 at 12:19 am
SAXON Strong Arm Of The Law (1980 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Taking Your Chances, housed in a die-cut paper sleeve. With just minor signs of play, the vinyl remains in excellent condition CAR170)
- Saxon - Crusader - Japanese - vinyl LP - £45.00, $56.70, €53.10 (New Item) (arrived 21-Mar-2022 09:49)on May 29, 2022 at 12:19 am
SAXON Crusader (1984 Japanese 10-track vinyl LP, including Japanese insert, gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics inside & discography obi-strip. The packaging displays minimal wear and the vinyl remains in a 'near mint' condition P-11467)
- Saxon - Waiting For The Night - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.08, €9.44 (Back In Stock) (arrived 02-Mar-2022 12:57)on May 29, 2022 at 12:19 am
SAXON Waiting For The Night (1986 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Chase The Fade, picture sleeve with tour dates on reverse. The sleeve shows just a little edge scuffing and the vinyl remains in great condition with few signs of play EMI5575)
- Saxon - Strong Arm Of The Law - White Splattered Vinyl - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £24.99, $31.49, €29.49 (New Item) (arrived 07-Mar-2022 08:48)on May 29, 2022 at 12:19 am
SAXON Strong Arm Of The Law (2018 UK limited edition LP issue of their 1980 8-track debut album now pressed on White Splattered Vinyl, including the title track single and Taking Your Chances. The vinyl is UNPLAYED housed within the picture sleeve which remains sealed within the custom-stickered shrinkwrap BMGCAT160LP)
- Saxon - Wheels Of Steel - Black & White Swirl Vinyl - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £24.99, $31.49, €29.49 (New Item) (arrived 07-Mar-2022 08:51)on May 29, 2022 at 12:19 am
SAXON Wheels Of Steel (2018 UK limited edition LP issue of their 1980 9-track second album now pressed on Black & White Swirled Vinyl, including the singles 747 [Strangers In The Night], Suzie Hold On and the title track. The vinyl is UNPLAYED housed within the picture sleeve which remains sealed within the custom-stickered shrinkwrap BMGCAT159LP)
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