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Saxon – The Solid Book Of Rock – Boxset Review

The complete latter-day Saxon package!

The Inner Sanctum (2007)

Track Listing: State Of Grace / Need For Speed / Let Me Feel Your Power / Red Star Falling / I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive) / If I Was You / Going Nowhere Fast / Ashes To Ashes / Empire Rising / Attila The Hun

Frantic, frenetic and full of hard-edged rock/metal anthems, Saxon hadn’t sounded this ferocious and, at times, downright heavy in years!

“Need For Speed” and “Let Me Feel Your Power” provided the required drive and aggression but it’s album highlight “Attila The Hun” that still provides the most hair-raising thrills. This is the closest any NWOBHM band has come to rivalling Judas Priest’s rip-roaring “Painkiller” and remains a flawless end to a consummate modern metal album.

In an age when many bands were content to ride the nostalgia train, Saxon proved once and for all that they didn’t need to re-live their glory days; they€™ were still right in the middle of them! 8/10

No bonus tracks but then you’ve got a monster of an album n your hands….which is a bonus in itself!

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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