The Mighty SAXON have just released a 16 minute 'Making Of' documentary of the forthcoming album, Inspirations. Take a Tour of Brockfield Hall with Biff Byford and SAXON and listen to snippets of unreleased tracks from the release out March 19th!
Saxon’s Inspirations is available on Vinyl, CD, digital formats and limited edition D2C products; for pre-orders go to at this location.
“This was just a great project to be part of. Great songs and great atmosphere! Thought you’d like to have a look behind the scenes."
says Saxon frontman Biff Byford
Watch/Listen to the recently released singles ‘Paint It Black’ and ‘Speed King’ and 'Paperback Writer' here
Inspirations was recorded at Brockfield Hall near York in the UK, which was built in 1804 and holds the largest collection of paintings by Yorkshire’s impressionist artists – the Staithes Group. Maintaining a firm eye on the old school way using Marshall cabs, Marshall amps, real drums and produced by Biff Byford with Jacky Lehmann recording and mixing, Saxon approach the likes of Motörhead’s ‘Bomber’ (with added whistle!), AC/DC’s ‘Problem Child’, Black Sabbath’s ‘Evil Woman’ and a raucous Deep Purple’s ‘Speed King’ with refreshingly warm, unfiltered, “vintage” sounding renditions.
Byford does, indeed, take on some new vocal challenges, which he duly smashes on the likes of Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Rocker’. The net result is that whether cranking up a heavyweight take on Led Zeppelin's ‘Immigrant Song’ or throwing down AC/DC’s ‘Problem Child’, Saxon does a supreme job of entertaining both themselves and their audience throughout Inspirations.
"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."
You want even more proof of the validity behind that statement? Wrap your ears around their sparkling take on Toto’s ‘Hold The Line’ and consider Saxon’s Inspirations a mission accomplished.
“Sharp prog metal delivered with passion and vigour” – PROG
“The band are as tight as a clam. […] the whole hangs together majestically under that warm analog production, and yet never fails to get the foot tapping.”– Fistful of Metal
“Saxon hit the nail on the head with Inspirations […] and deserves all compliments under the sun, and then some.”– Sonic Perspective
“As we search for the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, Saxon gives us a reason to smile with this fabulous collection of covers”–Metal Wani
“Most of the songs are heavy rocking anyway but on ‘Inspirations’ Saxon seasoned them well. Total enthusiasm listening to Toto’s ‘Hold the Line’. It is obvious that the fun factor was there and jumps at the listener’– Classic Rock DE
“Nice diversion. Mission accomplished!”– Classic Rock IT
“And so, from the ide of the cover album, to have some fun in the dark times, a masterpiece for the fan base emerged. Thank you, SAXON” Neckbreaker.de
“An intimate book of memories”– Classix Metal
“Surprising… a tribute to an entire generation”– Suffer Magazine
|1. Paint It Black|
|2. Immigrant Song|
|3. Paperback Writer|
|4. Evil Woman|
|5. Stone Free|
|7. Speed King|
|8. The Rocker|
|9. Hold The Line|
|10. Problem Child|
|11. See My Friends|
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