Next year, British heavy metal icons, Saxon will celebrate 40 years of existence. This fall the band will release its 21st studio album, Battering Ram, and on Friday, August 28, the band will make what may well be its first ever appearance in Boise as part of its Warriors of the Road Tour. The event will take place at the Knitting Factory as Saxon plays a solo date in the midst of its summer North American tour with Motorhead.
Saxon joined the likes of Iron Maiden and Def Leppard as stewards of the late 70s, early 80s New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The band’s foundation cemented with the release of three pivotal albums in 1980 and 1981; Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and Denim and Leather. Saxon found regular airplay of FM radio and solid rotation on MTV with videos for “Princess of the Night” and “Denim and Leather”. Along with Maiden and Judas Priest, Saxon remain legendary staples of traditional British metal.
With a new generation of young fans, Saxon has enjoyed a resurgence this decade with the release of Call to Arms in 2011 and Sacrifice in 2013. Battering Ram, which release October 16, is set to be the band’s heaviest offering in recent years. The new album finds vocalist Biff Byford singing as powerfully as he ever has. Guitarists Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt make full use of the term “shredding”, and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter’s bass and Nigel Glockler’s drums all combine to bring the future and the past of Saxon crashing together in an ear-scintillating, engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy, 10-song collection. The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album’s commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic Saxon with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as “Destroyer” and “Stand Your Ground”, but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love.
Offers Byford of the new record:
“This one’s a natural progression from Sacrifice. There’s a bit less rock ’n’ roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much.”
Boise fans are in for a rare treat when Saxon rolls into town this month as they will focus their set on the holy trinity of their three biggest albums. The band’s set will be loaded down with early classics like “Wheels of Steel”, “Motorcycle Man”, “747 (Strangers in the Night)”, “Heavy Metal Thunder”, and “Dallas 1 PM”. Fans may also get their first live taste ofBattering Ram. This will be one of the best concerts of the year.
Tickets for the event are only $25 for a Friday night show with one of heavy metal’s most prolific and legendary stalwarts. Do not miss Saxon in Boise. If you like traditional, old school metal than you will love everything about this band.
Local favorites, Gypsy Saints will kick off the event, showcasing their retooled line-up and sound. Formed in 2011, the band consists of members from several previously successful regional bands including guitarist Ken Mansfield, drummer Marlon Roubideaux, keyboardist Phillip Sumpter, and bassist Brian Butler. The band’s new frontman, Mr. Y, is already bringing a heavier edge to the band’s classic sound.
KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE
FRIDAY, AUG 28TH
DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM
PRICE: $25.00 – $47.00
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