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Saxon – The Solid Book Of Rock – Boxset Review

The complete latter-day Saxon package!

Unleash The Beast (1997)

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Track Listing: Gothic Dreams / Unleash The Beast / Terminal Velocity / Circle Of Light / The Thin Red Line / Ministry Of Fools / The Preacher / Bloodletter / Cut Out The Disease / Absent Friends / All Hell Breaking Loose

Bonus Tracks: Solid Ball Of Rock [live] / Crusader [live] 

1997 saw the arrival of Doug Scarratt who helped reinvigorate the bands guitar attack and yet this album rarely gets a mention in the pantheon of Saxon’s work. But take it from us, Unleash The Beast is an underrated gem that found Biff and the boys uncharacteristically embracing their dark side.

Taking aim at corrupt politicians (check out on the headbanging delight of “Ministry of Fools”), organised religion (“The Preacher”) and the venomous nature of the music business (“Cut Out The Disease”), Unleash The Beast still takes no prisoners!

While the 1990’s may have seen many of our metal heroes taking a downturn and changing their style to remain popular, Saxon continued to do the opposite and they released an unfashionably heavy album that sneered at the rise of nu-metal though gritted teeth and denim and leather. 8/10

You guessed it, more bonus live tracks but “Crusader” still kicks ass in any format!

About Chris Jennings (1985 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

4 Comments on Saxon – The Solid Book Of Rock – Boxset Review

  1. Ordered mine, and can’t wait for it to arrive. The only disc I already have from the boxset is Inner Sanctum. That album goes to show how great heavy metal music can be overlooked.

    • Chris Jennings // August 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm // Reply

      You won’t regret it Glen, it’s an outstanding set. Saxon have been ridiculously consistent over the years and this boxset proves how some of the finest metal of the past 2 decades has been overlooked!

  2. Jimmy A Gates // August 23, 2017 at 7:24 am // Reply

    Fully agree with this review. An outstanding set from a very very consistent band. ESSENTIAL

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