Hot on the heels of their 40th Anniversary Castles and Eagles shows at sold out venues (iconic Manchester O2 Apollo and London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo), British Heavy Metal legends Saxon release the third single, “The Pilgrimage”, taken from their new album, Carpe Diem (OUT February 4th via Silver Lining Music).

“Pilgrimage is a fantastic word” says Byford, “People go on pilgrimages all the time, not just in a historical or religious sense, but it’s about going and visiting either a place that you feel is special in your life or somebody that’s meant something in your life. You can go on a pilgrimage to go see your great grandfather who died in the First World War for instance. They’re journeys of great weight and importance.””

Listen To/Watch the recently released “Remember the Fallen” and “Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)” this location

Not resting on their laurels, SAXON have recently announced a string of UK dates to their SEIZE THE DAY WORLD TOUR:

  • SAT 12 NOV – Southampton O2 Guildhall
  • SUN 13 NOV – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
  • MON 14 NOV – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
  • TUE 15 NOV – Bath Forum
  • WED 16 NOV – Cambridge Corn Exchange
  • FRI 18 NOV – Newcastle O2 City Hall
  • SAT 19 NOV – Backburn King George's Hall
  • SUN 20 NOV – Aberdeen Music Hall
  • MON 21 NOV – Glasgow Barrowland
  • TUE 22 NOV – Hull City Hall
  • WED 23 NOV – York Barbican
  • FRI 25 NOV – Leicester De Montfort Hall
  • SAT 26 NOV – London Roundhouse

General Ticket sales start 4th February at 10 AM UK Time at*European dates soon to be announced

Produced by Andy Sneap (Judas Priest, Exodus, Accept and Priest guitarist) at Backstage Recording Studios in Derbyshire with Byford and Sneap mixing and mastering, Carpe Diem strikes the ear as one of the most essential British metal statements of the last few years and not lacking in pace or bite, an album which will ignite the joy in stalwart supporters and attract a whole new legion to the Saxon fold.

“Utterly brilliant, utterly essential, go get yourself a copy” – POWER PLAY
“Saxon present with Carpe Diem another immediately igniting classic heavy metal album. For sure with long-term effect!” – CLASSIC ROCK
“Carpe Diem is the most self-contained, compositionally compact, solid and strongest album for some time and a declaration of love to the classic British Heavy Metal. Go and get this record!” – METAL HAMMER
"Carpe Diem overall serves as a testament that Saxon still has plenty of bullets left in their guns and showcases a band entering their fifth decade of existence with fire still burning." – BLABBERMOUTH
“With hard riffs, embedded in ‘liquid’ guitar melodies Saxon is presenting their new songs within the sound of the 2020’s. A lot of speed, energy and a bit aggression as well!” – GOOD TIMES
“Carpe Diem provides the listener a perfect equation into the chemistry that has made Saxon so successful for so many years. The riffs on the album demonstrate how bands like Metallica found Saxon to be so influential. – BRUTAL PLANET
“Carpe Diem is Saxon's most energetic record since as long as we can remember'' – AARDSCHOK
“Carpe Diem, the mighty Saxon hit the bullseye again!” – HARD ROCK
“Carpe Diem by Saxon makes every minute count on this masterpiece of blazing metal music. This legendary British heavy metal band continues to create music that stays true to form, yet is vibrant and extremely satisfying” – METAL WANI
"Carpe Diem is a relentless breakout of traditional Heavy Metal. Even after 23 studio albums the brits can deliver metal of maximum quality” – METAL HAMMER
“Quick question – how does a heavy metal band survive for over 6 decades? Answer – release albums like Carpe Diem, that’s how!!! – KICKASS FOREVER
“Seemingly unable to write a bad album even if their lives depended on it, Saxon deliver the goods once again” – GHOST CULT MAGAZINE
“Thanks to their view to the future, along with a fine sound production, made by Andy Sneap, the vision of Carpe Diem looks to me like a sheer success, a definite addition to the band's grand legacy” – METAL TEMPLE
"Carpe Diem is a hard-hitting album that shows how determined, dynamic and energetic these veterans of metal sound in 2022.'' – HEADBANGERS LIFESTYLE

Carpe Diem will be available in a variety of formats and orders can be placed at this location

Carpe Diem Track Listing:

1. Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)
2. Age of Steam
3. The Pilgrimage
4. Dambusters
5. Remember the Fallen
6. Super Nova
7. Lady In Gray
8. All for One
9. Black is the Night
10. Living On the Limit


  • BIFF BYFORD – Vocals
  • PAUL QUINN – Guitar
  • DOUG SCARRATT – Guitar
  • Produced by Andy Sneap and Biff Byford
  • Album mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap/li>
  • Guitars recorded by Andy Sneap at Backstage Recording Studios, Derbyshire (UK); Vocals recorded by Seb Byford at Big Silver Barn, York (UK); Drums recorded by Jacky Lehmann (Audiosound) at Velbyproductions, Grünenplan (Germany).
  • All lyrics by Biff Byford. Backing vocals by Seb Byford

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