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Review: Saxon - Lionheart
Saxon
www.saxon747.com
Lionheart

Label: SPV
Year released: 2004
Duration: 45:03
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: October 11, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
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Lionheart

Rated 4.26/5 (85.19%) (27 Votes)
Review


Lackluster reviews of this, Saxon's sixteenth album, led me to overlook it for a long time. I was never a big Saxon fan, finding their old stuff mediocre and even lauded albums like Unleash The Beast to be only so-so. Thus I was never much into them, and didn't track this down until fairly recently, after I liked their latest The Inner Sanctum so well.

I don't know what people were smoking when they reviewed this as a poor album - I certainly don't want any of it. Maybe it's because I was never a great fan of their old material, maybe something else, but I think this is a first-rate album. Right from the opening blast of "Witchfinder General" I knew this was a killer album, and through more highlights like "Man And Machine", "Justice" and the masterful title track this never lets up, even the closer "Searching For Atlantis" is a successful epic, much better than "Attila The Hun" off their last album.

So to my ears, this is by far my favorite Saxon album, and I just do not understand people who didn't like it, as this is a disc of solid killer tunes played by guys who have been cranking out metal for better than twenty years. Anybody who likes Heavy Metal should like this album. Period.


Track Listing:
  1. Witchfinder General
  2. Man And Machine
  3. The Return
  4. Lionheart
  5. Beyond The Grave
  6. Justice
  7. To Live By The Sword
  8. Jack Tars
  9. English Man 'O War
  10. Searching For Atlantis
  11. Flying On The Edge
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