After going to Saxon's gig at Sweden Rock, I've decided to buy a few albums. So, what albums should I buy? I want both "new" and "old" albums. Any suggestions?
Their later stuff is better than their earlier stuff imo, I'd highly recommend albums such as Into the Labyrinth, Foro.
My two favourite Saxon albums are actually both from the '90s — Dogs of War and Unleash the Beast.
And their latest, A Call to Arms, has been getting a lot of play for me.
Foro, from what I've seen of your tastes Beast might be a good starting point, and Metalhead (the album between Beast and Killing Ground) might also be a good one to check out.
Dogs of War is probably a little too heavy blues-based for you, although I think you would enjoy the title track.
Lionheart and The Inner Sanctum are my favorites. Heard first few albums, and and most of the ones from 21st century. Not familiar with their 90's albums, so Survivor would be a good motivator for me to check them out.
Samples from some of their most recent albums...and of course Lionheart, one of their best songs imo. Maybe this helps in making your choice Foro.
My sentiments on Wheels of Steel are pretty similar, especially noticeable on the title track.. it's just one riff over and over and over. That said I saw them do the album live a few years ago and enjoyed the show so. Denim and Leather is a good album but the guitars sound a bit weak imho.
Wow my friend, you have been busy.
I hardly mentioned anything about the Strong Arm of the Law album, apart from calling it the best from the first three (and until now I still find it the best ;-) but that song is certainly strong. What a build-up. Following that pounding bass three different rhythm guitar tracks enter, one by one.You didn't mention Dallas 1 p.m., which is simplistic but has great atmosphere and is regarded as a band classic.
Gave it another listen and it has some uplifting mood. Better than most other songs of the album indeed.I have always been a fan of Sailing to America (the song), which the hardcore from-the-beginning fan points to as marking the start of the band's decline.
But otherwise no remarkable individual tracks that you missed. Broken Heroes and Crusader are truly great songs. Those two and the title track to Power & the Glory (which sounds like an earlier version of 2 Minutes to Midnight) are probably my favourites.
Saxon is regarded as a second-tier '80s metal band because they were.
But while their peers faded or imploded, these guys kept going and in a lot of ways got better.
And when you look at their body of work today, the top half stands up pretty well.
So, what are your feelings for Saxon?