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Saxon - "Lionheart"

Reviewed by: Tommy Hash
Genre: Heavy Metal
Country: England
Language: English
Length: NA
Release Date: 2/17/06
Band Members: Vocals: Biff Byford Guitars: Paul Quinn, Doug Scarrat
  Drums: Jorg Michael Bass: Nibbs Carter
Track Listing: 1.)- Witchfinder General 8.)-English Man O War
  2.)- Man And Machine 9.)- To Live By The Sword
  3.)- The Return 10.)-Searching For Atlantis
  4.)-Lionheart 11.)-Flying On The Edge
  5.)- Justice  
  6.)-Beyond The Grave  
  7.)-Jack Tars
The Review

Being the forefathers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, little did the band know at the time that albums would like 'Denim and Leather' and Wheels of Steel' would ring throughout the world of metal for decades creating timeless heavy music that still endures today. Several albums into their career, lineup changes, record company switchovers, and lawsuits, Biff Byford and Co. are still at the pinnacle of all things hard and driving with their latest release 'Lionheart.'

Very much in the spirit of both 'Killing Ground' and 'Metalhead,' 'Lionheart' is their most sophisticated and gut wrenching record to date, really exposing the wall of amplifiers and pulsating drums to the point if absolute maximum endurance that explodes with maximum orgasmic balls to the wall rock and roll, with no letting up on the blistering crunch that the band provides; and at the helm of it all is Byford's vocal presence that is hard to beat.

But nevertheless, the album drives with hook laden guitar riffs that pertain to the equal amounts of moodiness, emotion, and metallic assault, which is nothing less than we would expect from these guys. Typical straight ahead cuts such as "Man and Machine," the ultra upbeat anthem "To Live By the Sword," the opening rocker "Witchfinder General," and the riff laden "English Man O' War" are the tracks that have the "raise your fist in the air" and "bang your head" factor written all over them. They do find more subdued moments with both the dark but yet churning "Searching for Atlantis" and "Beyond the Grave," so these guys know when to say when it comes tom placing the material in the right context.

With 'Lionheart,' you can really hear an influence that they had not only on the typical metal heavyweights, but also on bands such as Rage, Running Wild, and Helstar, proof that their eminence is immeasurable.

The album has also undergone a special edition makeover with not only high definition 96k/24bit sound, but also in a 5.1 mix on the DVD, really brining out the audiophile quality on this record, for which it was recorded with the marriage of both tape and hard drive, making for a much more powerful sound coming out of the speakers. Regardless of what version you have, play at maximum volume.


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