Saxon Dogs of War
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- Released: March 26, 2013
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Edsel Records UK
- 1.Dogs of War
- 2.Burning Wheels
- 3.Don't Worry
- 4.Big Twin Rolling (Coming Home)
- 5.Hold On
- 6.The Great White Buffalo
- 7.Demolition Alley
- 8.Walking Through Tokyo
- 9.Give It All Away
- 10.Yesterday's Gone
- 11.The Great White Buffalo [Live]
- 12.Denim and Leather [Live]
Saxon includes: Biff Byford (vocals); Graham Oliver, Paul Quinn (guitar); Nibbs Carter (bass); Nigel Glockler (drums).
Recorded at Gems Studios, Linclonshire, England.
Personnel: Biff Byford (vocals); Graham Oliver, Paul Quinn (guitar); Nigel Glockler (drums).
Audio Mixer: Kalle Trapp.
Liner Note Authors: Joe Geesin; Biff Byford.
Recording information: Gems Studios, Boston, Lincolnshire, England.
Though early-'90s albums like Solid Ball of Rock and Forever Free showed encouraging signs that New Wave of British Heavy Metal stalwarts Saxon still had a few aces left in their deck, a three-year recording hiatus, and another independent label change hardly foreshadowed an imminent return to full-strength. And yet the bums from Barnsley came damn close to achieving just that with their next effort, 1995's Dogs of War, which, as well as a positively thunderous title track for the ages, featured a slew of winning numbers like the biker anthem "Big Twin Rolling (Coming Home)," the ominous "Great White Buffalo" (not the Ted Nugent song), and the slate-cleaning mission statement of "Yesterday's Gone." In fact, there wasn't an outright dud in sight (OK, "Walking Through Tokyo" kinda sucked), and it's fair to say the album hit home with a level of confidence and, most importantly, honesty. which Saxon hadn't displayed since their glory days. No more mindless arena rock anthems and sappy-ass ballads for the American market, no more bullsh*t, just straight-ahead heavy metal for their long suffering faithful, and a fitting last call for longtime guitarist Graham Oliver, who bowed out of the group after two decades of service following this release. [Dogs of War was reissued by Steamhammer/SPV in early 2006 with curt liner notes penned by singer Biff Byford, and a pair of live bonus tracks in album highlight "Great White Buffalo" and reliable old standard "Denim & Leather."] ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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