Saxon – Hell, Fire and Damnation

6/10

It’s impossible to be disapointed in a new Saxon album. They’re always worth the wait. Still, it’s been a couple of years since they made something that really stood out. Along the way, it feels like they have limited themselves and made albums all the more similar. Hell, Fire and Damnation doesn’t stray an inch from that path. But as soon as I hear Biff Byfords voice, I know I can’t resist it.

The album creates a good mix throughout the short running time. Opening title track gives us classic “fist held high”-metal, Madame Guillotine is grander and heavier, There’s Something in Roswell more laidback and cruising, while Pirates of the Airwaves is more of a rock ‘n’ roll tune. No ballads, though, just pure metal hits.

No bad songs, and the highlights are this time Madame Guillotine and 1066. I’ll keep listening to this album and enjoy it to the full, and if I get the chance to see the band live soon, I can’t wait to hear the new tunes. But until next album, I hope the band allowes newcomer Brian Tatler take more space, and perhaps even hire a new producer. Why? Because it would be nice with some fresh energy, a kick in the butt that carries the whole band back to the vitality of, at least, their 00’s album. A few last powerhouses before we close the book on Saxon would be so wonderful. But until then, we’ve got Hell, Fire and Damnation. And 45 years into their career, that’s still worthy enough for these legends.

Artist: Saxon
Title: Hell, Fire and Damnation
Country: UK
Label: Silver Lining
Date of release: 19/1-24
Time: 42,25
Rate: 6/10
Stand Out Track: Madame Guillotine

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Saxon – Hell, Fire and Damnation

January 31, 2024

Opening title track gives us classic "fist held high"-metal, Madame Guillotine is grander and heavier, There's Something in Roswell more laidback and cruising, while Pirates of the Airwaves is more of a rock 'n' roll tune.

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