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Review: Saxon - 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

Rated 4.4/5 (87.91%) (43 Votes)

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.

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