Saxon Thunderbolt Album Review

Review by ~Downshifter

Saxon 'Thunderbolt' Album Review

I am a Man of Few Words...

So, I will give you a few on this Album

One of the best bands still going strong, and the proof is in their new release Thunderbolt.
After the short instumental intro of Olympus Rising, Biff Byford (one of the greatest underated vocalists) lays it down in the second track Thunderbolt, and his vocals are just as good and clean and unique as they were since the early days on Wheels of Steel, Denim and Leather, Power & The Glory. He can sing that strong, and we are talking almost 40 years into this metal crusade.

The Guitar work is amazing as well, excellent riffs on The Secret Of Flight, and some killer solos. Brought by (The Epic Original Guitarist since Day 1) Paul Quinn with the help of Doug Scarratt. Such great tone in the guitars.

The track Noseratu comes in dark and would be a great song to listen to very loud while watching the original silent movie in the dark.

They Played Rock and Roll is the ultimate tribute to Lemmy of Motorhead, played, sung and delivered in a very Motorhead-esque way, this track should be played very loud.

The next track Predator features guest vocalist Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth, some will like this track, some may not. I say give it a few listens and it will grow on you.

In Sons of Odin, Listen Closely, To me, it pays tribute to Dio, and the Riffs are very Holy Diver-ish. Great Stuff.

Sniper and Speed Merchants are the ultimate songs for driving music, if you like to drive fast, like I do. Great Riffs and tempo.

Overall this Album is Kick Ass, and I suggest you add it to your library, whether that be digital, or physical. I prefer to go with Vinyl or Cd, as I am Old School and enjoy having the product in my hand and looking at the album art work, any photos, and liner notes, etc

I Give Saxon Thunderbolt 2 Thumbs Up

A Must Have

Buy It Here

Track List

1. Olympus Rising
2. Thunderbolt
3. The Secret Of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampire's Waltz)
5. They Played Rock And Roll
6. Predator
7. Sons Of Odin
8. Sniper
9. A Wizard's Tale
10. Speed Merchants
11. Roadies' Song
12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)

Saxon Are:

Biff Byford: Vocals
Nibbs Carter: Bass
Nigel Glockler: Drums
Paul Quinn: Guitar
Doug Scarratt: Guitar

Saxon Tour Dates:

(All dates with Judas Priest, those marked *** no Judas Priest, Saxon headline show)

3-13-18 in Wilkes-Barre, PA at Mohegan Sun Arena
3-15-18 in Youngstown, OH at Covelli Centre
3-16-18 in Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance ***
3-17-18 in Uniondale, NY at Nassau Coliseum
3-18-18 in Washington, DC at Anthem
3-20-18 in Newark, NJ at Prudential Center
3-21-18 in Newport News, VA at Boathouse Live ***
3-22-18 in Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun Arena
3-23-18 in Worcester, MA at Palladium
3-24-18 in Ville De Quebec, QC at Le Bucher ***
3-25-18 in Ottawa, Can at The Arena - Td Place
3-27-18 in London, Can at Budweiser Gardens
3-28-18 in Oshawa, Can at Tribute Communications Centre
3-31-18 in Detroit, MI at Dtroit Masonic Temple
4-01-18 in Chicago, IL at Reggies Rock Club ***
4-02-18 in Minneapolis, MN at The Armory
4-03-18 in Milwaukee, WI at Riverside Theater
4-04-18 in St Louis, MO at Delmar Hall ***
4-05-18 in Green Bay, WI at Resch Center
4-06-18 in Hammond, IN at The Horshoe Casino
4-07-18 in Milwaukee, WI at Potawatomi Casino ***
4-08-18 in Bloomington, IL at Grossinger Motors Arena
4-10-18 in Casper, WY at Casper Events Center
4-11-18 in Loveland, CO at Budweiser Events Center
4-13-18 in Las Vegas, NV at Las Rageous Festival
4-15-18 in Kent, WA at Snoware Center
4-17-18 in Portland, OR at Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4-19-18 in San Francisco, CA at The Warfield
4-21-18 in Las Vegas, NV at Las Rageous 2018
4-22-18 in Los Angeles, CA at Microsoft Theater
4-24-18 in Phoenix, AZ at Comerica Theater
4-26-18 in Tulsa, OK at Bok Center
4-28-18 in Dallas, TX at Bomb Factory
4-29-18 in Sugar Land,TX at Smart Financial Center
5-01-18 in San Antonio, TX at Freeman Coliseum

For More Info:

twitter @SaxonOfficial

twitter @Fullmetalrock

THUNDERBOLT in opening week charted on these 6 Billboard Charts

Billboard’s Independent Albums #11
Billboard’s Hard Rock Album Sales #3
Billboard’s Rock Album Sales #14
Billboard’s Tastemakers #12
Billboard’s Top Current Album Sales #58
Billboard’s Top Album Sales #71

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