Saxon – Thunderbolt

No matter what you think of new material from old bands, you have to give them credit for not stagnating and / or only go out as nostalgia acts. When it comes to Heavy Metal, bands such as Iron Maiden, Accept and Judas Priest refuse to lay down and rely on past glories. They might not release one album per year anymore but they keep on doing what they always have done – release new music and then tour the hell out of it. That also includes Saxon, one of the hardest working and most creative of all classic Metal bands. When, as a teen, I got into metal for real, Saxon’s Denim And Leather (1980) was the first Heavy Metal album I bought (I don’t count all my Kiss and Sweet records here) so they do have a special place in my heart. That said, I have never been a major Saxon fan. Apart from that album – and their live album The Eagle Has Landed (1982) – I always thought that their albums have been somewhat uneven. Except for their 1979 self-titled debut which is horrible. But I still bought some of the follow-ups.

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2 comments on “Saxon – Thunderbolt

  1. I enjoyed this album more than you did. I enjoyed the mash up of black metal and NWOBHM. I liked the Deep Purple and Judas Priest elements of a few songs. I even got a southern rock vibe on one song. The production work was great. The instrumentation was amazing, and Biff’s voice is hard to believe.
    9.5/10 for me.

    • Too many fillers makes my rating here. But there are some really awesome songs here, songs that will get a 9/10 for me, songs that I find among the best stuff they have released in ages.

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