UK Heavy Metal legends Saxon have officially confirmed a brand new Irish Tour Date. Saxon shall return to Dublin for a headline show this coming May 2013. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that Saxon will be performing live on stage at The Academy in Dublin on Wednesday the 1st of May 2013. Tickets for Saxon live at The Academy in Dublin are priced from €24 including booking fee and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Saxon live at The Academy in Dublin this coming May 2013.
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With A storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, Saxon will release ‘Sacrifice’, in February 2013 through UDR. Taking a sharper, re-invigorated approach to the production, on this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, and a more than worthy successor to their last album ‘A Call To Arms’.
“Less tricks, more power!” roars frontman and founding father of Saxon, Biff Byford: “my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration.”
The album was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by Biff Byford himself, with Andy Sneap mixing, and engineering duties performed by Jacky Lehmann. It fairly bristles with muscular metallic intent, Paul Quinn’s and Doug Scarratt’s guitar work is the best it’s ever been, while Biff’s vocals sound fresher and livelier. The songwriting too harks back to a classic era in Saxon’s history, with the likes of ‘Warriors Of The Road’, ‘Wheels Of Terror’ and ‘Stand Up And Fight’ evoking the halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist, the classic Saxon sound absorbing the snarl, ferocity and attitude of contemporary bands (and fans) such as Megadeth, as evidenced by the crunching title cut ‘Sacrifice’.
“It’s certainly been done from a more early ‘80s thrashier perspective,” explains Biff, “and it’s not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly, they’ve got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective.”
Besides the new material, Saxon will also be adding some unique recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release, also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an orchestrated version of ‘Crusader’ and an acoustic version of ‘Frozen Rainbow’.
“From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw aspects which made us great in the first place,” concludes Biff, “And living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon-songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon fresher than ever.”
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