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Saxon - Lionheart (Special Edition) - 2006 - SPV

Track Listing
1. Witchfinder General
2. Man And Machine
3. The Return
4. Lionheart
5. Beyond The Grave
6. Justice
7. To Live By The Sword
8. Jack Tars
9. English Man 'O War
10. Searching For Atlantis
11. Flying On The Edge
Many of you who read my previous "Lionheart" review will understand how high I hold this album within the Saxon discography. I honestly believe this is Saxon's finest work to date, a much needed return to past glory and a rousing success considering how far gone the band really was prior to this recording. This album finally found Biff and the boys on command and completely in charge, ruling their own domain in ways we could only imagine. Now the band have garnered critical praise as well as re-established themselves within their own fanbase. To ride the positive wave SPV presents a very special presentation of this stacked and solid recording. Now the label has unveiled a "Special Edition" of the album, and I must say they have really stepped up with a really great package for the Saxon fans.

This special edition of "Lionheart" comes packaged in a shiny black box. Within the box is of course the full CD, however along with that comes a whole host of metal goodies. Along with the fantastic recording comes a DVD extra filled with things like a "Lionheart" live video, "Beyond The Grave" video, a "making of" segment, as well as the song "Lionheart" in surround sound. If that isn't enough for the old salts SPV throws in a spiffy little Saxon keychain.

Bottom Line - A great way to take this fantastic album one step further! SPV is right on target by releasing this special edition of the record. A must have for fans of "Lionheart".



--EC 03.01.06


Album cover link: http://cover6.cduniverse.com/MuzeAudioArt/680/684757.jpg
Band link: www.saxon747.com
Label link: www.spvusa.com
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 contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. 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. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

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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2007
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