Written by on October 20, 2011 in Music Reviews, October 20, 2011 - Comments Off on Saxon: CALL TO ARMS


Hard Rock icons, Saxon return with their latest release, Call To Arms. This is the band’s 19th studio album and quite possibly their best recording to date. I know the band has an enormous catalog which all of their releases are stellar in their own right. This new album, though, is a mix of the old and the new. Biff Byford sounds better than ever and the dual guitar attack of Doug Scarrate and Paul Quinn will send shivers up and down your spine. The rhythm section of Nigel and Nibbs bring the thunder big time. All the tracks are typical Saxon at their very best. The opening rocker, ‘Hammer of the Gods”, fires out of your speakers in a blaze of glory. Then you have “Back in 79” a balls to the wall mover dedicated to all those who witnessed Saxon play the Castle Donnington. Call to Arms stands out as works of art but there are no ‘fillers’ here.  Veteran keyboard player, Don Airey cameos on two tracks, “Mists Of Avalon’ and “When Doomsday Comes (The Hybrid Theory)”, the latter will be featured in an upcoming Sci-Fi feature.  All in all, Call To Arms is wall to wall rock at its loudest and proudest. I don’t think any Saxon fan would have it any other way.

If you like, or have ever liked, Saxon then Call To Arms is just what the doctor ordered. There is a bonus CD that features 7 re-mastered tracks from the Live at Donnington album. To Biff, Doug, Paul, Nibbs and Nigel, cheers mates on a job well done.

The Atomic Chaser