Killing Ground (2001)
Track Listing: Intro / Killing Ground / Court Of The Crimson King / Coming Home / Until Hell Freezes Over / Dragon’s Lair / You Don’t Know What You’ve Got / Deeds Of Glory / Running For The Border / Shadows On The Wall
Rock Is Our Life
The crunchy rifferama of the title track spoke volumes for the mindset of Saxon in 2001. Here was a band who could still unequivocally challenge anyone in the ‘heavy’ stakes and yet they remained kings of melodic metal!
Perhaps a little more reliant on mid tempo metal (in a NWOBHM style, of course) than previous outings but considering they’ve always been leaders in their field this is hardly a complaint.
Album closer “Rock Is Our Life” perfectly sums up the ideology of this band and you can still hear the mantra throughout the entire duration of Killing Ground. 7/10
Track Listing: Princess Of The Night / Crusade / Wheels Of Steel / Motorcycle Man / Strong Arm Of The Law / Denim And Leather / Dallas 1pm / And The Bands Played On
On the bonus front we get Classics Re-Recorded (issued originally with the initial pressings of Killing Ground) and, as the title suggests, this limited edition disc held re-recordings of some of Saxon’s finest moments.
Titles such as “Wheels Of Steel”, “Motorcycle Man”, And The Bands Played On” and “Crusader” need no introduction -and they didn’t particularly modernising either – but this disc is still a cracking addition, proving once and for all that Saxon have penned some of the finest, most timeless, metal anthems known to man! 7/10