Saxon's melodic ninth studio album, Destiny, saw the band go for a more polished route than their grittier, New Wave Of British Heavy Metal roots. Opening with what at the time was a surprising take on Christopher Cross's 'Ride Like The Wind', this edition is expanded with the inclusion of the 12" mix of radio friendly rock ballad 7 Can't Wait Anymore', plus its respective b-sides, 'Broken Heroes' and 'Gonna Shout', both recorded live in Madrid. This set also includes a live version of 'Rock The Nations', recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon, which originally appeared as the b-side to 'Ride Like The Wind', plus two previously unreleased early monitor mixes.
"Another album, another flop and the members of Saxon decided to make another return to more commercial territory. Destiny is typical late 80's sleek pop metal of the lowest quality…" (All Music Guide)
Another album, another flop and the members of Saxon decided to make another return to more commercial territory. Destiny is typical late 80's sleek pop metal of the lowest quality…
An expanded edition with one bonus track (the lone 1976 single, ‘Straighten It Out’ released by Atlantic), Songs For Evolution was produced & mostly written by the Philadelphia team of Joseph Jefferson & Charles Simmons, who had penned a number of classic ‘70s hits for the Spinners including ‘Games People Play,’ ‘Mighty Love’ and ‘Love Don’t Love Nobody’) and recorded at famed Sigma Sound studios in Philly with string arrangements by Jack Faith, featuring the Don Renaldo Strings along with guitarist Bobby Eli.
2016 two CD collection. Saxon are one of the leaders of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and are established as one of Europe's biggest metal acts, influencing the likes of Metallica, Mötley Crüe and Megadeth. With Biff Byford at the helm, this compilation sees the South Yorkshire heavyweights return to form. This collection of all the biggest hits from 1991-2009, Biff describes as "the point in our career when we started to take control of our production and writing."
Trends may come and trends may go, but New Wave of British Heavy Metal pioneers Saxon carry on carrying on (as Spinal Tap would put it), year after year, label after label, lineup after lineup, through thick and thin, no matter the cost. And credit their persistence, because by the mid-'90s the long suffering quintet had begun to overcome an incredibly long streak of bad business decisions and misguided artistic directions to forge a respectable comeback – primarily in Europe…
The Nottingham band Saxon have been a force within the international heavy metal scene since their inception as Son of a Bitch in 1976, helping to define the new wave of British Metal while adhering throughout the decades to the true spirit of metal in their unwavering positioning at the vanguard of the genre. Vocalist Biff Byford's meditative and searing lyrics hold together the controlled chaos of the band, and this powerful documentary offers the best of Saxon performing live in the 1980s.