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Saxon

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Wheels of Steel Saxon 05:58
747 (Strangers in the Night) Saxon 04:58
Broken Heroes Saxon 05:29
The Pilgrimage Saxon 06:28
Carpe Diem (Seize the Day) Saxon 04:42
Strong Arm of the Law Saxon 04:37
Denim and Leather Saxon 05:19
Ride Like the Wind Saxon 04:28
Princess of the Night Saxon 04:02
Made In Belfast Saxon 04:34

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Carpe Diem

by Saxon

04/02/22

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Biography

Formed in Yorkshire in 1976,
Saxon achieved a major breakthrough during the boom of so-called new wave British
heavy metal in the 1980s. With their fierce, uncompromising guitar-based rock,
they sold over 13 million albums and influenced others who followed in their
wake, including Metallica and Megadeth. Originally formed by singer Peter “Biff”
Byford, bass player Steve Dawson, drummer Pete Gill, and guitarists Graham
Oliver and Paul Quinn—all of whom had been veterans of other bands—they originally
dubbed themselves Son of a Bitch. They released their self-titled debut album
in 1979, and hit the charts with Wheels of Steel in 1980 which included
the hit single “747 (Strangers in the Night)”, and its follow-up, Strong
Arm of the Law
. More success followed with 1981’s Denim and Leather,
with the title track became an anthem for 1980s British heavy metal. Alongside
kindred spirits like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Saxon blazed a new trail for
hard rock, though hardcore fans became critical when the group adopted a
smoother, more obviously commercial style as they broke into the American
market. Despite personnel changes they continued to be a headline act at
festivals and attracted attention through the 1990s and 2000s, winning rave
reviews for their Inner Sanctum album in 2007 and Into the Labyrinth
in 2009. Call to Arms came in 2011 followed by Sacrifice two
years later and, after an interview in 2014 during which front man Biff Byford
hinted at a new album, they released Battering Ram in 2015. 2017 saw the
announcement of Saxon's 22nd studio album titled Thunderbolt along with
a European tour with Magnum, Rock Goddess and Diamond.
They looked to
the past the 2021 album Inspirations, which contained covers of famous
songs by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and others.