1. State of Grace
2. Need for Speed
3. Let Me Feel Your Power
4. Red Star Falling
5. I’ve Got to Rock (to Stay Alive)
6. If I Was You
7. Going Nowhere Fast
8. Ashes to Ashes
9. Empire Rising
10. Atila the Hun
Release Date: 05 March 2007 – SPV
2 ½ years after their last release „Lionheart“ there is now a new album from NWOBH-Legends Saxon. Meanwhile it is the 17th release of the british battleship. Therefore Saxon surely counts to the most constant bands of the NWOBHM. Specially cause they serve us, also in higher ages, high quality albums. In the line up we can find one change to the last release, cause Nigel Glockler took his place behind the drums again.
A chuch intro opens the first track „State of Grace“. This speedful but relaxing song could be a brilliant opener for the bands next tour. With „Need for Speed“ and „Let me feel your power“ therea are two neckbreakers following, escpecially highlited in the last song by Nibb’s bassplay. After that Saxon continue with some more silent sounds in the epic ballad „Red Star Falling“. The well titled „I’ve got to rock (to stay alive)“ on the other side remembers a little to AC DC.
In the albums second half the band brings well known standard, that always can proof their quality, but the songs cannot keep the high level of the first half.
Good old Biff is still surprising with his voice that seems never losing quality and makes him similar to other legends like Lemmy of Motörhead. Ok..sometimes you can hear that Biff is not at the age of 20 anymore, but he is far away from getting worse and he perfoms better than lots of new and young vocalists around.
He also produced this album together with Charlie Bauernfeind who always guarantees a good sound. And so the album sound powerful and declares some production of other british legend bands to nothing.
In summary Saxon released with their 17th output a more than high quality album, that surely cannot top the all times band classics but the most part of the fans will love this album for sure.
It will be nice to see how the songs of this album can stand against the classics on tour live.
Review by Kerbinator