‘Hammer Of Dawn’ Is A Shining New Addition To 2022’s Field Of New Hard Rock, Metal Albums

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From its earliest days to the present, power metal stalwart Hammerfall has never made audiences wait too long for new albums.  Three years is the longest that the band has gone between releasing any of its 11 albums.  The band will keep that streak going Friday when it release its 12th album, Hammer of Dawn.  Set for release through Napalm Records, the 10-song album offers plenty for audiences to appreciate whether they are seasoned Hammerfall fans or more casual power metal fans.  That is proven through the record’s musical and lyrical content alike, as its current singles have proven.  Those songs are just a sampling of how the album’s overall content makes it so engaging and entertaining.  ‘No Son Of Odin,’ which is one of the album’s early entries, is another example of how that content makes the album succeed.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Too Old To Die Young’ is another standout addition to the album and will be discussed a little later.  ‘Live Free Or Die,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is yet another example of how much the album has to offer audiences.  It will also be discussed later.  Each song noted does its own share to show the album’s strength.  When they are considered along with the album’s singles and with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes the album one more of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums so far.

Hammer of Dawn, Hammerfall’s forthcoming 12th album, is a shining new offering from the veteran power metal band.  Its current singles have already done plenty to make that clear.  They are just a small example of what makes the record engaging and entertaining.  ‘No Son Of Odin,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another example of what makes the album a success.  The musical arrangement featured in this song is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The driving guitar work from Oscar Donjak and Pontus Norgren pairs with the solid time keeping of drummer David Wallin and low end of bassist Fredrik Larsson to flesh out the song so fully.  The production is to be commended as each musician’s part cuts through so clearly without overpowering that of its counterparts.  Front man Joacim Cans’ vocals soar so powerfully, too.  His delivery immediately lends itself to comparison to that of Judas Priest front man Rob Halford.  The whole of the song’s musical content makes for its own powerful presentation.  When the power in the song’s arrangement pairs with the song’s lyrical content, the whole becomes even more engaging and entertaining.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘No Son Of Odin’ is, on the surface, a presentation based on classic Norse mythology.  That in itself is interesting enough.  On a deeper level though, the song’s lyrical content seems to be much more than that.  At least, that is the interpretation of this critic.  The deeper meaning comes across as being a statement of celebrating individualism, which is an all too familiar topic in the rock community.  This is inferred as Cans’ sings in the song’s second verse, “From the day that I was born/I’ve been misunderstood/I broke new grounds/I set the sails/Played by my own rules/Lightning strikes and thunder roar/I’ve seen my destiny/I’m the hammer/The hammer is me/Pounding to be free/Watch me wind up the power/Relentlessly pursuing my foes/I am fierce eyed and evil/Hell’s gonna follow wherever I go.”  From there, he sings in the song’s chorus, “I am I/I am me/Heart of steel/No son of Odin/I am strong/I am brave/Let the hammer pave the way.”  The song’s lead verse builds on the song’s second verse, finding Cans singing about not being royalty so to speak, being proud of who he is.  He goes so far as to note that “My home lies beneath us/through fire and ice/alone in my fight.”  He mentioned along with that, that he had never been to Valhalla.  Again, this all comes across as an allegory of sorts about that pride and individualism.  If in fact that is the case, then this is truly a unique, original way in which to deliver such a familiar theme.  To that end, it makes the song all the more interesting.  When it pairs with the fiery energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the song in whole makes for even more interest and proof of what makes Hammer of Dawn work.  It is just one of the songs that shows the record’s strength.  ‘Too Old To Die Young,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another notable addition to the album.

‘Too Old To Die Young’ presents a musical arrangement that wastes no time catching listeners’ ears.  In the case of this song, the sharp guitar line and bass line work with the drums and vocals to lend the song to comparison to works from the likes of Dragonforce, Saxon, and Judas Priest.  The harmonies (instrumental and vocal), ensure audiences’ engagement and entertainment from beginning to end. 

The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement makes it all the more appealing.  In the case of this song, its lyrical content the theme comes across as delivering a message of making the most of life.  This is inferred in the song’s lead verse and chorus in which Cans sings, “For as long as I remember/I’ve been paving my own way/Life’s one true defender/Since my first step/Walked wherever I may/Of all the stars in the heavens/I’m the brightest of them all/Always shining/Carry on/Carry on/I will shine a light/Forever and a day/”  It is inferred even more as he sings in the song’s second verse, “Turn the amp up to eleven/let your time on Earth be loud/Why limit your sins to seven/Nothing ventured/Nothing gained/Stay unbowed/Wade out in the water/Let us part the raging seas/So come-at-able/Come with me/Carry on/Always strive/Succeed and plan to live forever.”  Again, here is a statement that seems to deliver a message of living life; of perseverance and determination.  Again, if that is indeed the case, then the song gains even more appeal, especially when it pairs with the energy in the song’s equally enjoyable musical arrangement.  The whole here is just one more example of what makes the album that is Hammer of Dawn stand out among this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.  ‘Live Free or Die’ is yet another  notable addition to the album.

‘Live Free Or Die’ offers audiences a more modern hard rock sound than that of the album’s other songs.  The power metal sound and approach is just as present as ever, but there is something about the guitar line here that really makes this song lean more in a modern hard rock direction, too.  That balance of modern hard rock and power metal gives this song an identity that is just as unique as the other songs’ arrangements from one another and from this song and the rest of the album’s works.  When this notable arrangement pairs with the song’s lyrical theme that openly preaches about the price of freedom, praising those who died for the world’s freedoms, the whole makes the song in whole even more accessible.

As noted, the lyrical theme featured in ‘Live Free Or Die’ preaches about the freedoms that we enjoy around the world while praising those who died for those freedoms.  Cans sings of these topics right from the song’s outset, “I am free like an eagle/Spreading my wings in the sky/Protecting the winds that are changing/Therefore, I must give the eye/I know we must defend it/From those who would take it away/There is a price for this freedom/Way more than we wish to pay/Nothing’s free in freedom/Pay the price/There’s no cost reduction to paradise/Live free or die/Come and break the chains/Or do not come at all/Live free or die/Come on/Shout it out and heed the freedom call.”  The message continues in the song’s second verse, “By the blood of my brothers/I do solemnly swear/To spread the gospel of freedom/Even if nobody cares/No way to alter the past times/Rewrite our lost yesteryears/Only one thing to remember/Freedom spells nothing like fear/I’ll ignite the fire/Roll the dice/Let us stand together/Break the ice.”  If this collective content is not about the noted topic of freedom and honoring those who paid that ultimate price for freedom, then it would certainly be interesting to know the song’s true lyrical theme.  Otherwise, it certainly will resonate with a wide range of audiences and do so even more when it pairs with the song’s unique musical arrangement.  When the song in whole is considered along with the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s songs (including its singles), the whole makes Hammer of Dawn a work that Hammerfall fans and power metal fans alike will appreciate from beginning to end.

Hammer of Dawn, the new forthcoming album from Hammerfall, is a work that will appeal widely among the band’s fans and to power metal fans in general.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike.  The album’s singles and the songs examined here all do well to make that clear.  When they are all considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the record easily one of the best of the year’s new hard rock and metal albums so far.

Hammer of Dawn is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.

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In other Hammerfall news, the band has also announced it is scheduled to launch its “United Forces Tour” alongside Helloween March 22 in Oslo, Norway. The tour, which will take the band’s to cities across Europe, is scheduled to run through May 22 in London, England. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

UNITED FORCES TOUR 2022
25.03.22 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
26.03.22 SE – Göteborg / Partille Arena
28.03.22 FI – Helsinki / Black Box
29.03.22 EE – Talinn / Noblessneri Valukoda
01.04.22 DE – Bamberg / Brose Arena
02.04.22 DE – Hamburg / Sporthalle
03.04.22 DE – Berlin / Verti Music Hall
04.04.22 DE – Regensburg / Donau Arena 
08.04.22 ES – Madrid / Wizink Center
09.04.22 ES – Barcelona / St. Jordi Club
11.04.22 IT – Milan / Lorenzini District
12.04.22 DE – Kempten / Black Box
13.04.22 CH – Zürich / Samsung Hall
15.04.22 LU – Luxemburg / Rockhal
16.04.22 NL – Tilburg / 013
18.04.22 PL – Katovice / MCK
20.04.22 BG – Sofia / Arena Armeec
22.04.22 AT – Vienna / Gasometer
23.04.22 CZ – Prague  / O2
24.04.22 SK – Zvolen / Ice Stadium
26.04.22 HU – Budapest / Papp Laszlo Sportarena
29.04.22 DE – Bochum / Ruhrcongress
30.04.22 DE – Stuttgart / Schleyerhalle
01.05.22 DE – Frankfurt / Jahrhunderthalle
04.05.22 UK – Manchester / Manchester Academy
05.05.22 UK – London / Brixton Academy

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‘Carpe Diem’ Shows Saxon Has Not Lost A Step In Its Now 45 Year-Plus Life

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Saxon released its latest album this week in the form of Carpe Diem.  The album, released Friday through Silver Linings Music, came more than three years after the release of Saxon’s then latest album, Battering Ram (2018).  The band’s 23rd album (yes, 23rd), it is another offering that the metal masses will appreciate just as much as the band’s established audiences. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike.  The singles the album has already produced do well to make that clear, and they are just some of the songs that prove that statement.  ‘Living on the Limit,’ which closes out the album, also shows how the album’s overall content makes the record engaging and entertaining.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Dambusters,’ which comes early in the album’s 46-minute run, is another example of what makes the record successful.  It will be discussed a little later. ‘All For One,’ a late entry to the record, is yet another example of how the album’s content makes it enjoyable.  It will also be discussed later.  Each song noted is important in its own way to the whole of this album.  All things considered, they make the album in whole, one of the best of the year’s new hard rock and metal albums so far.

Carpe Diem, the 23rd album from Saxon, is another impressive offering from the veteran hard rock band.  That is proven through its overall content, as its current singles have already shown.  They are just some of the content that shows the album’s strength.  ‘Living on the Limit,’ the record’s finale, does its own share to show how much the album has to offer.  The song’s high-energy musical arrangement blends the band’s familiar power metal leanings with a more modern hard rock influence for a hybrid sound and approach that lends itself just as much to the likes of Judas Priest and Motorhead as to so many current bands who have used them and Saxon as influence for their own music.    From the song’s beginning to its end its solid time keeping, its equally rich bass line, vocals, and sharp guitar riffs make the composition a strong finish for the album and an equally clear example of the role that the album’s musical arrangements have on the record’s overall presentation.  The energy in the song’s arrangement pairs well with the seeming message in the song’s lyrical theme, making for even more engagement and entertainment.

The seeming lyrical theme featured in ‘Living on the Limit’ is that of making the most of life, even despite everything happening.  That is just this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  The inference comes as Byford sings in the song’s lead verse, “We want a slice of everything/To see the world we’re living in/Take a chance and take a leap/What we sow is what we reap/Don’t be afraid to ride the storms/Just take the bull by the horns/Living on the limit.”  That brief statement speaks volumes.  It comes across as encouraging listeners to take that chance in life, to go out and do more, to take risks and live life.  From there Byford continues delivering the seeming message as he sings, “All the world is like a stage/Just read the lines and turn the page/We wanna feel adrenaline/Just wanna live and take it in.”  This verse presents what seems like a contradictory statement to help deliver the inferred message.  That note of just reading the lines and turning the page seems like a metaphorical way to talk about how we all just go through the motions every day even though, as he states further, “We wanna feel adrenaline/Just wanna live and take it in.”  This is more of a declarative statement about how we as people want to just live life, not just go through the motions.  It pairs so well with that seeming encouragement in the song’s lead verse about taking that chance and doing more in life.  The song’s third and final verse continues in similar fashion, furthering the seeming message even more.  When it is considered along with the content in the song’s first two verses, the seeming message becomes even more the likely case.  To that end, the song’s seeming lyrical theme is proof enough of how this song helps make Carpe Diem a strong album.  The positive energy in the song’s musical arrangement pairs with the seeming positive message in the song’s lyrical content to make that even clearer.  Keeping all of this in mind, ‘Living on the Limit’ proves to be just one of the songs that shows what makes Carpe Diem successful.  ‘Dambusters’ is another notable addition to the album.

‘Dambusters’ stands out in part due to its musical arrangement.  The song’s arrangement is a full on Motorhead-esque composition.  From the rapid fire guitars and drums to Byford’s very vocal delivery, the whole is a direct leaning toward the aforementioned band.  That should come as no surprise as the band has taken on works from Motorhead in the past.  The song clocks in at just under three-and-a-half minutes, but in that time, the manner in which the song was composed and performed will leave listeners completely fulfilled, feeling like it is longer in the best way possible.  The energy in the performance works well with its lyrical content, which seemingly makes reference to the Royal Air Force’s famed World War II bombing run known as Operation Chastise.

Operation Chastise was conducted in the overnight hours of May 16/17, 1943.  The 617 Bomber Command, known as the Dam Busters, destroyed two hydroelectric power stations and breached two dams – the Mohne and Edersee dams – along the Ruhr and Eder vallies.  The resulting damage set Germans’ military operations in the area back by months.  It also changed the course of bombing raids used by Allied forces in the process.

The seeming story of the well-known bombing operation comes throughout the song, including right from the song’s lead verse in which Byford sings, “Long before the twilight/The planes are standing by/Ground crew gather in the dusk/Low voices asking why/No one knows the target/The mission has begun/Flying into history/To drop the bouncing bomb.”  The bombs that were used in Operation Chastise were dubbed “bouncing bombs” because they bounced across water to their targets.  They bounced in order to avoid possible interception by torpedo nets and ensure the highest possible velocity when they hit their targets.  The bombs were developed by British engineer Barnes Wallis.  So again, here is even more proof of the story that the band is telling here.  From there, Byford sings about the planes taking off and making their way to their targets and dropping their bombs.  He further pays homage to those who returned from the mission and those who did not.  Approximately 53 aircrews were lost in the mission and three airmen were captured.  This story will appeal to any military history buff and to any casual fan of history.  When its appeal pairs with that of the song’s musical arrangement, the whole makes the song even more proof of what makes Carpe Diem another successful offering from Saxon.  ‘All For One’ is one more notable addition to the record.

‘All For One’ presents a musical arrangement that is pure vintage power metal.  The comparisons here are once again so similar to that of Judas Priest, but also have just as much modern rock influence.  The result is yet another composition that while familiar, also boasts its own identity separate from that of the album’s other entries.  Keeping that in mind, the arrangement alone offers its own share of appeal.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song adds even more to the song’s engagement and entertainment.

The lyrical content featured in ‘All For One’ is notable because of its originality.  In the case of this song, the song apparently tells the story of the Three Musketeers.  Few if any other acts out there can say they have taken on the classic literary story in song form.  The very mention of “You stand by your comrades to the end/Steadfast belief/Your will will never bend” alongside the mentions of flashing steel and musket flashes, protecting the king, and Grenadiers further illustrates that story.  Given, Saxon is hardly the first band to take on a literary work.  Symphony X, for example, has taken on the story of The Odyssey.  Mastodon has taken on the classic tale of Moby Dick in its song, ‘Iron Tusk.’  Heck, even Machine Head has taken on a literary classic in ‘A Farewell to Arms,’ which lifts from author Ernest Hemingway’s timeless novel by the same name.  Plenty of other bands’ works could be listed here.  The point of this is that even though Saxon’s take on author Alexandre Dumas’ equally timeless story is so enjoyable, and maybe even a way to get people who otherwise might not have read the novel to give it a chance.  The band is to be applauded for that and for its own unique originality here.  Taking into account the fact that the band has taken on a literary classic and coupling that with the song’s fully engaging and entertaining musical arrangement, the whole makes the song overall yet another of example of what makes the overall album enjoyable.  When the song is considered along with the other works examined here and with the rest of the album’s works, the whole makes the overall album another fully successful offering from Saxon.

Saxon’s latest album, Carpe Diem, is another engaging and entertaining offering from the band.  Its success comes through its musical and lyrical content alike.  The songs examined here make that clear.  When they are considered along with the album’s singles and with the rest of the album’s works, the collective makes the overall album one of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums so far this year.

Carpe Diem is available now through Silver Linings Music. More information on Carpe Diem is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Triskelyon Releases New EP, Debuts Record’s Lead Single, Video

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Independent hard rock band Triskelyon released its debut self-titled EP Tuesday.

In celebration of the record’s release, the band debuted the lyric video for the EP’s lead single, ‘Hunger’ the same day. The video features the song’s lyrics over footage of people protesting as the song plays over the visualization.

The imagery used in the video is meant to help illustrate the message in the song’s lyrical theme, which bassist Geoff Waye discussed.

The song is about a hunger for change in the world,” he said. “I am not a fan of the way the world is heading in terms of politics, divisions, and how stuck in their ways and traditions people are. The chorus line “It’s the time for the fearless to rise. A hunger for change in their eyes.” gets to the theme and heart of the song’s idea.”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Hunger’ will appeal to fans of bands, such as Judas Priest, and Iced Earth. That is evidenced through the powerhouse vocals, the driving, bombastic guitars, and overall richness of the bass and drums.

Track Listing:
1. Hunger (2:58)
2. Find A Way (4:03)
3. Odyssey (Blessed by Steel) (3:32)
EP Length: 10:34

More information on Triskelyon’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Saxon Debuts ‘Remember The Fallen’ Video

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Saxon debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘Remember The Fallen’ Tuesday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, Carpe Diem, which is scheduled for release Feb. 4 through Silver Lining Music. The band premiered the video for the album’s lead single/title track Nov. 2.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Remember The Fallen’ is everything that audiences have come to expect from Saxon throughout the course of its long life. In other words, that power metal approach is just as prevalent as ever. Front man Biff Byford’s vocals are just as strong as ever, too. The comparisons to Judas Priest’s best works are just as inescapable.

The song’s lyrical theme takes on the topic of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to Byford.

“I wanted to write a song about COVID, about the people that have died, and give my perception of how it seemed to happen,” he said. “Certain aspects of it all are quite mysterious, and of course, it hasn’t finished yet, has it? We should all remember those who have died as a group of people not really knowing why they died, because the information wasn’t there.”

The video for ‘Remember The Fallen’ serves to illustrate Byford’s message. There are visuals of items, such as people staring through glass and wearing masks, a reporter (also wearing a mask) covering the pandemic, and empty classrooms. Alongside the visuals is footage of the band recording its single/album.

Carpe Diem was produced by Andy Sneap (Fozzy, Skinlab, Exodus). Sneap mixed with album alongside Byford.

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

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Sorcerer Takes On Saxon Classic For Its Latest Single

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For the third time in as many months, Sorcerer is taking on a classic rock song for its latest single.

The band premiered its take of Saxon’s ‘Crusader‘ Friday along with a companion video. The song’s premiere follows premieres of the band’s cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘When Death Calls‘ last month and its cover of Rainbow’s ‘Gates of Babylon‘ in September.’

Front man Anders Engberg had high praise for Saxon as he talked about the band during a recent interview.

“For me, Saxon, they have always been there, ever since I started listening to heavy metal, and I had the luck to tour with these guys with my old band, Lion’s Share,” he said.

Drummer Richard Evensand expanded on Engberg’s statements during the interview.

“It [Saxon] was the first band I started to really follow as a teenager and it still is one of my favorite bands today,” said Evensand. “For me Saxon equals energy and long tom rolls… in fact more than long tom rolls; mega tom rolls perhaps.”

Added Evensand, “Nigel Glockner has really influenced my play as a drummer. You can imagine that I was immediately in favor of making a Sorcerer rendition of “Crusader”. It’s the most powerful song there is on this planet! Peter Hallgren did an excellent job on the arrangement. We hope everyone loves our version as much as we loved making it!”

Coming in at approximately seven minutes in length, Sorcerer’s rendition of ‘Crusader’ is shorter than its source material by almost a full minute. That is likely due to the fact that Sorcerer’s take on the song does not feature the sounds of battle featured in the original composition. Those sounds take up approximately one minute five seconds of the song’s original one minute, 40 second run time.

There are also some other sound effects thrown in along with some other items that change things up between the two versions. Among the most notable of the other differences is the richness in the sound from Sorcerer’s take. It is much more full whereas the production of the original conjures thoughts of Anthrax and Metallica from that era.

Sorcerer’s take on ‘Crusader’ is available now through all digital outlets. More information on Sorcerer’s take on ‘Crusader’ is available along with all of Sorcerer’s latest news at:

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Saxon Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s Lead Single

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Saxon will open the new year with a new album.

The band is scheduled to release its 23rd album, Carpe Diem Feb. 4 through Silver Lining Music. The band made the announcement Tuesday in a news release. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the video for the album’s lead/title single Tuesday.

The video for ‘Carpe Diem’ presents front man Biff Byford along an unidentified coastal area performing his part of the song as a clearly stiff breeze blows. That footage is coupled with footage of what is meant to reflect the band performing live to enhance the experience.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Carpe Diem’ is pure Saxon. It is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band throughout its life. The hard rock riffs are there as are the strong vocals, solid time keeping and equally solid, stead bass line.

The song’s lyrical theme and the inspiration for the album, said Byford, came from the events of the past year and a half or so.

“It’s been a difficult two years because I had the heart attack back in September 2019, so things went a bit pear-shaped for the band,” said Byford. “And then Covid hit two or three months later, but luckily, we started writing and recording this album before Covid.  We did the drums in Germany and we did the guitars in various places. I was doing a lot of writing while I was in the hospital bed, and we spent quite a long time writing and arranging the ideas that we all had. I do think it’s a very intense album, and maybe some of that intensity comes from the frustration of not being able to do anything in the Covid period.”

Carpe Diem was produced by Andy Sneap (Fozzy, Skinlab, Exodus). Sneap mixed with album alongside Byford.

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

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Motorhead’s Latest Live Recording Will Make Lots Of Noise Among The Band’s Most Devoted Audiences

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As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic slowly continues to decrease and live shows   continue to make their return just as gradually, some bands are starting to announce their returns to the road. Others meanwhile continue to wait and see how things go or continue work on new studio material. Others still have simply been doing their part to give audiences their live fix with new live recordings. Motorhead fits into that latter group.  The band is scheduled to release its 14th (yes 14th) live recording Friday through Silver Linings Music, which also handles records for the band’s fellow British heavy metal act Saxon.  The recording, Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin, is a 15-song concert that was originally captured Dec. 5, 2012 at the Berlin Velodrome in Berlin, Germany.  It is a presentation that will appeal primarily to Motorhead’s most devoted audiences.  That is proven in part through the recording’s set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of the set list adds to its appeal, to a point.  It will be discussed a little later.  The recording’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin.  All things considered, they make this latest of Motorhead’s many live recordings another presentation that will appeal to the band’s most devoted audiences.

Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin is an intriguing new offering from Motorhead.  It is a presentation that will appeal largely to the most devoted of the band’s audiences.  That is due in part to its featured set list.  The set list runs 15 songs deep and pulls from much of the band’s early catalog.  It is the same set list that the band performed for much of its shows on its Kings of the Road Tour, which was ironically in support of Motorhead’s then latest album, 2010’s The World is Yours.  Only one song featured in the set list – ‘I Know How to Die’ – is from that album.  The other songs featured in the set list reach farther back.  That includes going all the way back to the band’s 1979 sophomore album Overkill and all the way up to 1992 album, March or Die.  Given, four albums from that stretch are omitted here – Motorhead (1977), On Parole (1979), Iron Fist (1982), Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987) – but that still does not matter.  That the band would treat audiences to so music from nine of its albums covering such a rich portion of its catalog is something special.  Add in a guitar solo that the band dubbed ‘String Theory’ that sounds like it belongs on a Pink Floyd record – which is quite a way to break up the otherwise nonstop energy in this set list – and the noted audiences get a set list that forms a solid starting  point for the recording. The overall set list is anything but unfamiliar.  Much of the set list featured here is composed of songs featured in many of the band’s existing live recordings.  That aside, longtime fans will still enjoy it.  The band’s performance of the set list adds its own touch to the presentation here.

The performance of Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell, and Mikkey Dee throughout the course of its performance here is notable because of its role in keeping audiences engaged and entertained.  As has already been noted, the concert, for the most part, keeps the energy high.  Even in more laid back moments, such as in ‘Metropolis,’ and ‘You Better Run,’ the band still manages to keep the energy flowing through the slower but still heavy arrangements.  Campbell works his way through each song expertly, complimenting Dee’s drumming and Kilmister’s bass work so well.  Kilmister’s confidence as he leads the way is just as entertaining.  Dee meanwhile, deserves his own praise, as he solidly keeps  the time in each high-energy composition. The band keeps the banter between songs to an extreme minimum, instead letting the songs and their energies do the talking.  The power in each song’s performance does much to illustrate the band members’ confidence, making for even more engagement and entertainment for listeners.  When the entertainment and engagement ensured by the band’s performance is considered along with that generated by the concert’s familiar set list, the recording proves even more appealing to the noted fans.  Thee two elements are only a portion of the recording’s presentation.  The recording’s production rounds out its most important elements.

It should be disclosed here that this critic was only provided a streaming audio presentation of Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin, rather than a streaming video link.  To that end, this discussion will focus solely on the recording’s audio production.  If a streaming video link is provided at some time, then this discussion will include a focus on that aspect.  Having noted all of this, the audio production that went into the audio-only presentation of Motorhead’s new recording is positive in its own right.  It is rich and fully immersive.  Kilmister’s semi-mumbling vocal delivery style is just as present here as on any of Motorhead’s studio recordings.  Campbell’s guitar cuts through in each song, including the deeply moving ‘String Theory’ guitar solo.  Dee’s cymbal crashes, snare hits, etc. are just as well-balanced against Campbell’s guitar and Kilmister’s vocals and bass.  At no point in the concert is any one part overpowering against the others.  The effect is that it makes the recording’s general effect just as appealing for audiences as the concert’s content.  When that content and the presentation thereof is considered together, the result is a presentation (at least in terms of the concert’s audio presentation) that Motorhead’s most devoted audiences will appreciate.

The audio-only presentation of Motorhead’s new live recording, Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin will appeal to any of the band’s most devoted, longtime audiences.  that is proven in part through its set list.  While clearly familiar, featuring a number of songs that are also featured in many of the band’s existing live recordings, the set list does well in its presentation of the band’s early catalog.  That is despite the fact that the concert was part of a tour that was meant to support then far more recent studio recording.  It celebrates Motorhead’s developmental years, which will itself appeal to the noted audiences.  The band’s performance of the recording’s featured set list will keep audiences engaged and entertained what with the energy exuded by each musician as the group makes its way through the set.  The recording’s production rounds out its most important elements.  Even considering that solely of the audio presentation, every level is expertly balanced throughout.  That is a tribute to the work of those who recorded the concert on site and those who handled the production in post.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin a presentation about which Motorhead’s most devoted fans will make plenty of noise.  Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin is scheduled for release Friday through Silver Linings Music and Motorhead Music.

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Saxon Takes On A Classic From The Beatles For Its Latest Single

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Saxon is giving audiences yet another preview of its forthcoming covers compilation.

The band debuted its take on The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ Friday, along with the cover’s companion lyric video. The cover is the third single from Saxon’s forthcoming covers compilation, Inspirations, which is scheduled for release March 19 through Silver Linings Music. The collection also features covers of Deep Purple’s ‘Speed King‘ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint it Black.’

Saxon front man Biff Byford noted during a recent interview, his appreciation for The Beatles is far-reaching.

“I saw The Beatles on TV for the first time in 1963,” he said. “It was a very inspirational moment for me to think maybe I could be in a band!”

Saxon’s take on ‘Paperback Writer’ stays true to its source material, but amps it up considerably. The song takes on more of an arena rock type work here versus the more pop rock approach taken in The Beatles’ original.

The track listing for Inspirations is noted below.  Pre-orders are open.

Track Listing:

  1. Paint It Black
  2. Immigrant Song
  3. Paperback Writer
  4. Evil Woman
  5. Stone Free
  6. Bomber
  7. Speed King
  8. The Rocker
  9. Hold The Line
  10. Problem Child
  11. See My Friends

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

Websitehttps://www.saxon747.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/saxon

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/SaxonOfficial

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Saxon Debuts Video For ‘Speed King’ Cover

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Saxon is taking on a Deep Purple classic for its latest single.

The band debuted its cover of Deep Purple’s song ‘Speed King‘ and its companion video Friday. The song is the second single from Saxon’s forthcoming covers compilation record Inspiration, which is scheduled for release March 19 through Silver Linings Music. It follows the premiere of the record’s lead single, a cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Painted Black.’

Saxon’s take on ‘Speed King’ is slightly different from its source material. The frenetic guitar solo that opens the original is absent in Saxon’s cover. The band instead opts to jump right into the song’s primary section. It should also be noted that the more laid back bridge in the original song is nixed in Saxon’s update, too. Saxon’s take opts instead to keep the energy high throughout.

The video for Saxon’s cover of ‘Speed King’ is just as energetic as the band’s cover, presenting various clips of rally cars racing on different backroads courses.

Front man Biff Byford, who released his own solo record School of Hard Knocks last year, talked about the band’s cover of ‘Speed King.’

“Without ‘Speed King’ there would be no ‘Motorcycle Man,’ he said. “I love the attitude, energy, an driving speed of this song, not to mention those screaming vocals! I’d never sung it before, and I had great fun with it!”

The track listing for Inspirations is noted below.  Pre-orders are open.

Track Listing:

  1. Paint It Black
  2. Immigrant Song
  3. Paperback Writer
  4. Evil Woman
  5. Stone Free
  6. Bomber
  7. Speed King
  8. The Rocker
  9. Hold The Line
  10. Problem Child
  11. See My Friends

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

Websitehttp://www.saxon747.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/saxon

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/SaxonOfficial

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Saxon Announces Title, Release Date, Specs For New Covers Collection

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Saxon will open the new year with a new covers record.

The band is scheduled to release its new collection, aptly titled Inspirations, March 19 through Silver Linings Music. The 11-song record features covers of songs from bands, such as The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Thin Lizzy. Audiences can hear the band’s cover of The Rolling Stones’ famed song ‘Painted Black,’ which is featured in the compilation, here.

Front man Biff Byford, who released his own solo record School of Hard Knocks this year, talked about the band’s new compilation during a recent interview.

“We wanted to do an album based on our influences, the songs and bands that inspired us to write what we did and still do, and it was also interesting to see what my voice could do as I haven’t sung many of these songs before,” said Byford.  “We didn’t want to change any of the songs too much, just play them more like Saxon.  And we also think it’s very important to have – and share with the fans – some fun in these dark times.”

Alongside the noted covers, Saxon’s forthcoming compilation also features covers of songs from other acts, such as Motorhead, Toto, and Led Zeppelin. The collection was recorded at Brockfield Hall near York, in the United Kingdom. the structure was constructed in 1804 and houses the largest collection of paintings from Yorkshire’s impressionist artists — The Staiths.

Byford talked about recording in the facility during his noted interview.

“The warmth and feel of Inspirations had so much to do with being together in this magnificent place and doing it ‘old-school’ style,” said Byford. “This is how many bands back in the day -including some of the ones covered here- made such great albums, so it just felt really good to be able to do this somewhere like Brockfield Hall.”

Inspirations‘ track listing is noted below. The album will release on CD, vinyl, and digital outlets. Pre-orders are open.

Track Listing:

  1. Paint It Black
  2. Immigrant Song
  3. Paperback Writer
  4. Evil Woman
  5. Stone Free
  6. Bomber
  7. Speed King
  8. The Rocker
  9. Hold The Line
  10. Problem Child
  11. See My Friends

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

Websitehttp://www.saxon747.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/saxon

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/SaxonOfficial

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