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Review: Saxon - Power & the Glory
Power & the Glory

Label: Carrere Records
Year released: 1983
Duration: 36:33
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 31, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
Readers Rating
Power & the Glory

Rated 4.55/5 (90.97%) (31 Votes)

There's no questioning the integrity of Saxon. More than in any other genre, longevity leads to seniority in heavy metal. Those who have been around for a while get more respect, whether or not their music merits it. In Saxon's case, there is no question that the music merits tremendous respect. Starting way back in 1979, the boys (now old men) are some of the true forefathers of heavy metal. One of the genre's most prolific and consistent bands, Saxon has released countless good, and sometimes great albums. Power & the Glory is their album from 1983, and it's more of the same fun-loving, sheerly ballsy heavy metal from the boys. This is the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in its finest hour, and one of the best albums from the unsung contemporaries of Iron Maiden.

Starting out with the engaging and outright rocking title track, Biff Byford's classic soaring vocals come into play, becoming a constant force throughout the album. Biff's voice is iconic as his band."Redline" is another one of Saxon's delightful odes to motorcycles, and it's one of the most fun songs they've ever written. The album continues with more straightforward yet solid NWOBHM styled tracks before the inane "This Town Rocks." This song is so dumb that I spend the entire time with my head in my hands, embarrassed that I'm listening to it. I'm either doing that or laughing at it. The album closes with "The Eagle has Landed," now one of Saxon's trademark songs. It begins with a slow build featuring a spacey yet well orchestrated opening solo. Building into a groovy and layered track, it proves that the guys in Saxon can do much more than just traditional styled NWOBHM.

Saxon are still going and still making great music in the style they helped create decades ago. Here's to the Power and the Glory that is undeniably theirs.

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