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!