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Review: Saxon - Hell, Fire and Damnation
Hell, Fire and Damnation

Label: Silver Lining Music
Year released: 2024
Duration: 42:17
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: March 31, 2024
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (8 Votes)

It's pretty impressive that Saxon keep releasing albums quite regularly. They're not the only band formed in the '70s still kicking, but they certainly have a frequent release schedule, unlike, say, bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. On top of that, the band didn't vanish temporarily during the '90s (nor went into a trend-of-the-day direction), much like bands like Anvil. Anyway... Here we are with Hell, Fire and Damnation, and it's exactly what I expected to hear from Saxon in this day and age. They've been rather consistent in their sound for many albums now, and this album follows the same formula. Well rooted in their early days, but sounding more modern (in a good way) and fast and powerful, proving that these guys can still show the kids a trick or two. Biff still sounds great, you'd think the guy just doesn't age, and by now is the most distinguishable "instrument" on Saxon albums. This album probably won't go out and rank with their classics, but there's a lot to like, with lots of catchy songs that stick around long after you're done listening to the album. As I mentioned earlier, this follows the same formula that Saxon have been using for the past several albums, so it's very, very much in the same vein. Old-school, but actualized, speedy, catchy and melodic heavy metal that packs a punch and makes you a little nostalgic, all without sounding dated. Long story short, if you liked Saxon's several last albums, there's something for you to like here. As Luxi put it in his recent feature on Saxon on this very site, the eagle still flies high and free. Here's to more albums from this British powerhouse for years to come.

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