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 - French - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jan-2021 12:44)on January 21, 2021 at 8:06 am
SAXON Denim And Leather (1981 French 9-track vinyl LP, the fourth studio album by the British heavy metal band, including the singles And The Bands Played On, Never Surrender and Princess Of The Night, laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve has a small amount of wear whilst the vinyl remains excellent with only light evidence of play)
- Saxon - Forever Free - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $118.75, €106.40 (New Item) (arrived 20-Nov-2020 14:47)on January 21, 2021 at 8:06 am
SAXON Forever Free (Rare 1993 UK 10-track vinyl LP, the eleventh studio album the classic heavy metal 5-piece including Hole In The Sky, Iron Wheels & Nighthunter, glossy picture sleeve featuring an alternative cover design with artwork by Games Workshop featuring a biker Space Marine from the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop wargame. The sleeve displays a little light wear with a few light surface scuffs to the panels and a little light corner/edge scuffing. The vinyl has only the odd cosmetic sign of light use, remaining seldom played - overall an excellent example and only the third copy we have ever seen of this rare LP and scarce album art variant! WARLP10)
- Saxon - Strong Arm Of The Law - French - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 13-Aug-2020 16:55)on January 21, 2021 at 8:06 am
SAXON Strong Arm Of The Law (1980 French issue of the 9-track vinyl LP including Hungry Years and Heavy Metal Thunder, glossy gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve on this copy has some minor wear and vinyl looks barely played)
- Saxon - Sailing To America - Autographed - UK - 12" vinyl - £95.00, $118.75, €106.40 (New Item) (arrived 18-Aug-2020 10:47)on January 21, 2021 at 8:06 am
SAXON Sailing To America (Scarce 1980 UK vinyl 12", also including A Little Bit of What You Fancy. This copy has been AUTOGRAPHED on the front of the picture sleeve by Paul Quinn, Graham Oliver & Steve 'Dobby' Dawsonl clearly andboldly in black marker pen, the sleeve shows just a little ringweard and the vinyl remains barely played, hard to find 12" all the nicer signed by 3 members! CART301)
- Saxon - Suzy Hold On - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.00, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 21-Sep-2020 14:08)on January 21, 2021 at 8:06 am
SAXON Suzy Hold On (1980 UK 7" single, also including Judgement Day recorded live on tour the previous year, glossy card picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little edgewear and, aside from a few very light paper scuffs, the vinyl is in excellent condition CAR165)
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