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zondag 25 november 2007
SAXON: Unleash The Beast

Release: 2007-11-12 / orig: 1997
Style: heavy metal
Label: / steamhammer
Playing Time: 64:07
Cat. N°: SPV 74192 CD
Review by: Jany
Translated by: Jennifer
Rating: 8/10


The re-release of the album, ‘Unleashed the Beast’, appears at the same time as the DVD , ‘To Hell and Back Again’.

This album from Saxon originally appeared in 1997. It is less known because, like many other traditional Hard Rock bands, it was experiencing an identity crisis. This is a solid album, even though the style is outside of the borders. The songs are darker and more threatening than before. Biff screams his lungs out on some songs and the style varies from the usual Saxon material to some very catchy and aggressive AC/DC stuff.

This was the first album with Doug Scarratts as guitarist and co-writer. There were new paths taken here and there which set the tone for the future of the band. These songs gave direction to the later work of Saxon. ‘Unleashed the Beast’ is a milestone for Saxon and it has withstood the test of time. There is a bonus track with two live songs, but whether or not this is sufficient enough to reel in the fans is another story. If you don’t yet have this album in your collection, then buying this CD will certainly be no mistake. The best songs are “Terminal Velocity”, “Unleash the Beast” and “Absent Friends”.


De heruitgave van het album ‘Unleashed The Beast’ verschijnt tegelijkertijd met de Dvd ‘To Hell And Back Again’.
Dit album, oorspronkelijk uitgekomen in 1997, is een minder bekend werk van Saxon deels omdat Saxon in 1997, net als andere traditionele hardrock bands, in een soort identiteitscrisis was beland. Nochtans is dit een sterk album, hoewel de stijl op deze cd erg grensverkennend is. De songs zijn donkerder, meer dreigend dan ooit. Biff krijst op sommige songs boven alles uit en de stijl varieert tussen typisch Saxon materiaal en erg hoekig en agressief AC/DC stuff.
Het album was eveneens het eerste met Doug Scarratt als gitarist en co-writer. Hier en daar werden nieuwe paden bewandeld en de bakens naar de toekomst van de band gezet. Deze songs zijn absoluut richtinggevend gezien het latere werk van Saxon. ‘Unleashed The Beast’ is dus een mijlpaal binnen het werk van Saxon dat de tand des tijd perfect heeft doorstaan. Als bonustracks vinden we twee live tracks terug, maar of deze voldoende gaan zijn om de fans terug in de buidel te laten tasten is maar de vraag.
Indien je dit album echter nog niet in je collectie hebt staan moet je zeker niet twijfelen en kan je dit heruitgegeven album zonder enige vrees van miskoop aanschaffen. Sterkste songs: “Terminal Velocity”, “Unleash The Beast” & “Absent Friends”.

Gothic dreams
Unleash the beast
Terminal velocity
Circle of light
The thin red line
Ministry of fools
The preacher
Cut out the disease
Absent friends
All hell breaking loose
Crusader (Live)
Solid ball of rock (live)

Saxon (1979)
Wheels Of Steel (1980)
Strong Arm Of The Law (1980)
Denim And Leather (1981)
The Eagle Has Landed (1982 – live)
Power And The Glory (1983)
Crusader (1984)
Innocence Is No Excuse (1985)
Rock The Nation (1986)
Destiny (1988)
Rock N' Rock Gypsies (1989 - live)
Greatest Hits Live (1990 – live)
Solid Ball Of Rock (1990)
Forever Free (1992)
Dogs Of War (1995)
The Eagle Has Landed - Part II (1996 – live)
Unleash The Beast (1997)
BBC Sessions/Live At Reading (1998 – live)
Metalhead (1999)
Killing Ground (2001)
Heavy Metal Thunder (2002 – re-recordings & live)
Lionheart (2004)
The Eagle Has Landed III (2006 – live)
The Inner Sanctum (2007)
The inner sanctum/Ltd. (2CD+DVD) (2007)
Unleash the beast (CD) (2007)
To hell and back again (2DVD) (2007)

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

Geplaatst door Jany op zondag 25 november 2007 - 11:39:30
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