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Saxon
Sacrifice

Company: UDR
Release: 2013
Genre: NWOBHM, Traditional
Reviewer: EC

  • Saxon aren't going anywhere soon



  • "Sacrifice" is the perfect album title for Saxon's twentieth album to date. I can't imagine the mileage and baggage that is housed on Biff's back after decades of weary road travel and the everyday grind of being in a band. Unlike bands like Maiden and Priest I can't picture that this NWOBHM pioneer is cashing the same checks as Tipton, Downing and Harris. Yet, sacrifice is ultimately the rhyme and reason for Saxon's proverbial fountain of youth. The band have given up the normal life and its luxuries to travel the world as a working performer and year after year the group consistently deliver the goods on stage, on the road and in the studio--sacrificing a lifetime for metal fans.

    This new album comes by way of UDR (Motörhead, Girlschool) and is mixed, mastered and co-produced by the esteemed Andy Sneap. The end result is a powerful sound laced with high-end technology and Biff's blitzkrieg of furious vocals. This is a stellar follow up to the monumental "Call To Arms" and gives fans a real heavy power metal album similar to "Into The Labyrinth" mixed with the speedy tactics of "The Inner Sanctum".

    "Sacrifice" is firmly built around the modern Saxon sound that has flourished and thrived since 2000. The title track is laced with a driving metallic riff that builds on double bass and Biff's "Sacrifice" chants. "Made In Belfast" and "Guardians Of The Tomb" flirts with Megadeth styled thrash elements while "Stand Up And Fight" flourishes with that 80s anthemic formula. "Standing In A Queue" is simply Saxon of old, dirty British rock and roll that finishes the album off with pounding proof that Saxon aren't going anywhere soon, sure to carry on with the same intensity that fueled "Wheels Of Steel" all of those years ago.


    About this Writer:
    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: SAXON
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    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Call To ArmsSaxon
    2011
    Eric Compton7/2/2011
    Dogs Of War (Reissue)Saxon
    2006
    Eric Compton3/31/2006
    Into The LabyrinthSaxon
    2008
    Eric Compton11/29/2008
    LionheartSaxon
    2004
    Eric Compton3/7/2006
    LionheartSaxon
    2004
    Eric Compton9/15/2004
    SacrificeSaxon
    2013
    Eric Compton4/26/2013
    The Inner SanctumSaxon
    2007
    Eric Compton8/17/2007


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