Saxon To Open 2018 With New Album

Courtesy: Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music)

The good news keeps coming for fans of Saxon.

Only a week after BMG announced it would release a new Saxon retrospective and the band announced a new live recording and new live dates with Judas Priest, the band has announced it has another new studio recording on the way.

The band announced this week that it will open the New Year with its next new album Thunderbolt.  The album, the band’s 22nd full-length studio recording, will be available on CD, vinyl, special edition box set, cassette tape and digital download.

Thunderbolt is currently slated to be released Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). Pre-orders open Dec. 1.

Front man Biff Byford said in a recent interview that the album, which was produced by famed producer Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Stuck Mojo, Fozzy), will leave listeners making plenty of their own noise.

“This is album 22 and it’s called Thunderbolt,” Byford said.  “It’s a storming, smashing, thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with producer Andy Sneap, and it’s finished ready to be released.  Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!”

Thunderbolt’s track listing is noted below.

Thunderbolt Track Listing
  1. Olympus Rising
  2. Thunderbolt
  3. The Secret of Flight
  4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
  5. They Played Rock and Roll
  6. Predator
  7. Sons of Odin
  8. Sniper
  9. A Wizard’s Tale
  10. Speed Merchants
  11. Roadie’s Song
  12.  Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl

He added that the band will hit the road next year in support of its new album on its own tour.

“This is part one of the colossal Thunderbolt World Tour” Byford said.  “We’re going to be touring the whole of 2018, so get your tickets and join the ride.  It’s going to be fast and furious, dark and brooding.  Monumental riffing and screaming vocals – loud and proud – It’s going to be a Saxon tour, unique in every way!”

The current tour schedule for the Thunderbolt World Tour is noted below.  Ticket pre-sales for the tour open Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. General sale tickets go on sale Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour – Part 1
Fri February 23 – UK, Cardiff University
Sat February 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sun February 25 – UK, Hull City Hall
Tue February 27- Holland, Tilburg 013
Wed February 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
Thu March 1 – Germany,  Hannover Capitol
Fri March 2 – Germany,  Frankfurt Batschkapp
Sat March 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof     

More information on Thunderbolt is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:










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