Album Review: Saxon – Hell, Fire and Damnation

Forty five years on from their debut, NWOBHM royalty Saxon, show they are still very much leading the charge with their twenty fourth studio album Hell, Fire and Damnation. Entirely fitting the aesthetic and tone-setting introduction, "The Prophecy" is made all the more encapsulating with added narration from the one and only Brian Blessed, which … Continue reading Album Review: Saxon – Hell, Fire and Damnation

Judas Priest and Saxon announce 2024 UK dates

That's dates for March 2024, not over two thousand upcoming shows. Which would be pretty mental. Anyway... The mighty Judas Priest today announce a six date UK tour which will kick off on March 11th, 2024, at Glasgow Ovo Hydro. Special guests on the tour include Saxon and Uriah Heep. The hardest working band in … Continue reading Judas Priest and Saxon announce 2024 UK dates

Album Review: Saxon – More Inspirations

I’ll admit that I wasn’t overly impressed with Saxon’s Inspirations release back in 2021. Viewed as a filler to keep the band moving during the lockdown period, it was solid enough but didn’t exactly set my world on fire. But then, a band like Saxon can do what the hell they want really can’t they? … Continue reading Album Review: Saxon – More Inspirations

2022 Year In Review: Paul

When the Boss sent a message asking for reflections of 2022, I put my thinking cap on and wondered about topics that I could cover. It’s been a cracking year for rock and metal, with resurgences in prog, thrash, death, and classic rock to name but four of the many genres we love. I covered … Continue reading 2022 Year In Review: Paul

Gig Review: Saxon / Diamond Head – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff (14th November 2022)

It's been almost 40 years since my first gig.  Saxon at St. David's Hall on January 21st, 1983. Since then, I've seen the quintessential heavy metal band many times across the UK. Bristol, Oxford, Glasgow, London, Bloodstock, Download and Steelhouse as well as several times in various venues in the Welsh capital. They are a … Continue reading Gig Review: Saxon / Diamond Head – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff (14th November 2022)

Festival Review: Steelhouse Festival 2022 – Hafod-y-Dafal Farm, Ebbw Vale (29th – 31st July)

It doesn’t matter how many times you come to this festival, arriving at the top of the mountain is a feeling like nothing else. The pure friendliness of the volunteers and organisers, the camaraderie between the fans and the quality of the line up improves year on year. Once up the ‘road’, parked up and … Continue reading Festival Review: Steelhouse Festival 2022 – Hafod-y-Dafal Farm, Ebbw Vale (29th – 31st July)