Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
Kicking up dust in no uncertain terms, Saxon return with a thunderous blast that shows the Heavy Metal legends are back and show absolutely no sign of slowing down.
The title track of the forthcoming album, ‘Carpe Diem’ brings back the sound that their mighty reputation was built on, harking back to the early classics like ‘Wheels of Steel’, ‘Strong Arm of the Law’ and ‘Denim and Leather’ but with the modern production that makes them roar louder than ever.
An atmospheric opening soon gives way to the blitzkrieg drumming of Nigel Glockler before the guitars tear your face off and Biff unleashes a mighty banshee scream as you feel your adrenaline surge.
Built around the monumental riffing of Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt, it’s pure old school metal with lyrics harking back to the same fascination with history that the band displayed with ‘Crusader’, the video adding to the magic with its shots of Hadrian’s Wall.
Big, bold and hitting hard, it’s the sort of stirring anthem that only Barnsley’s finest can do and is the shattering battle cry of these warriors as they once more lead the way. Saxon will never surrender.
Carpe Diem the album is available to pre-order now, out February 4th 2022: https://smarturl.it/SAXONCARPEDIEM