Unplugged and Strung Up
Honestly, I didn’t know much of Saxon’s music (sans a few of their more well-known numbers) prior to writing this review. And all I really knew about them was the fact they were lumped in the same category as many of the bands I grew up listening to like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest (i.e. the New Wave of British Heavy Metal). But I figured I should finally give them an honest shot, and immediately snatched it up when I heard their latest release was up for review. And damn, am I glad I did. Not only did it remind me of hearing said bands for the first time, but it may have even helped somewhat revive my love for classic metal. All fourteen tracks are actually alternative re-works of signature classics from their catalogue. Songs like “Battle Cry” and “Stallions of the Highway” make you want to go grab a beer and raise some hell with the guys, while “Frozen Rainbow” and the orchestral-driven “Red Star Falling” are emotionally-charged, brilliant power ballads. I get the praise these guys receive on a regular basis on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” now; it’s well-deserved.