Just under two weeks until I am due to see Saxon at Hammersmith, I keep expecting to hear that it has been cancelled. I see The Who postponed their gig on the Royal Albert Hall on the same night ...
Good track. Best so far.New single (1 day before the official release of the album!) - ''The Pilgrimage''
The song has a classic vibe. I like the melodic riffs, the vocal melody during the verses/chorus and the solo. The intro fits great. This was the other song that was considered to be the title track of the album, iirc.
It is true that you always get solid stuff from Saxon. I don't like some of their albums after 1997 (as a whole piece), but they are constantly good. The new album is pretty straightforward, as you can expect from them. Classic metal! What impressed me the most in it is the guitar work, it's really good. ''The Pilgrimage'' indeed sounds like a song from the Crusader album. Btw, ''Super Nova'' has a big Judas Priest vibe.Solid album. You always know what you get with Saxon. They haven't released a bad album in about 30 years, although they rarely manage great albums (although Lionheart and Inner Sanctum is in "great" territory in general, and definitely in terms of a Saxon album). I really like how with The Pilgrimage, they have actively drawn a large chunk of inspiration from "Crusader", in an obvious attempt to go Crusader Pt.2 and it works like magic. Great track.
I also really dig the classic Saxon style, painted (or at least painted looking) cover rather than the b-league artwork of the past 15 years. Good job.
Not true! One example - ''Song For Emma'', Destiny, 1988.Still incapable of writing a song with a chorus that's anything other than the song title repeated.