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CD review SAXON "Heavy metal thunder" re-release

Veröffentlicht am 2. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Saxon, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, NWoBHM, CD Review, News

(*/10) It was in 2002 when Saxon released a compilation album called "Heavy metal thunder". The album came with 13 Saxon classics from the late 70's and the early 80's; each of them even new recorded by the 2002 line-up. Part of the release was also a second CD that covered a live recording from a show the band played 2002 in St. Antonio, Texas.

UDR is now re-releasing this album and they added a new CD to the "Heavy metal thunder". The San Antonio show is replaced by a new live recording from the Bloodstock festival in 2014. The joy with this is, that the tracklist varies from the 'Best of...", but also from the San Antonio gig. It contains a wider overview of Saxon's discgraphy. New songs like "Sacrifice" are part of the live CD as well as classics like "Princess of the night".

The sound of the live album is surprisingly good. It is powerful and didn't get too much adjustments afterwards. It sounds very authentic and reflects a live show in a good way.

The only question remaining is if you need another live release from Saxon. The band burned quite some shows on CD/DVD during the last months. However, for younger fans, that are maybe not that familiar with the band I can recommend "Heavy metal thunder", since it gives an excellent overview on the the bands classics over time.





CD 1:

  1. Heavy metal thunder
  2. Strong arm of the law
  3. Power & the glory
  4. And the bands played on
  5. Crusader
  6. Dallas 1pm
  7. Princess of the night
  8. Wheels of steel
  9. 747 (Strangers in the night)
  10. Motorcycle man
  11. Never surrender
  12. Denim & leather
  13. Backs to the wall


CD 2:

  1. Sacrifice
  2. Power and the glroy
  3. Heavy metal thunder
  4. Battalions of steel
  5. Motorcycle man
  6. And the band played on
  7. To hell and back again
  8. 747 (Strangers in the night)
  9. Crusader
  10. Wheels of steel
  11. Princess of the night
  12. Denim and leather


Label: UDR

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review SAXON "Heavy metal thunder" re-release