Review By Glen Parkes
When the resounding voice of the esteemed actor Brian Blessed OBE heralds the commencement of “The Prophecy,” the opening track of Saxon’s latest offering, anticipation skyrockets. Fear not, for Saxon not only meets but surpasses these lofty expectations on their 24th studio album, ‘Hell, Fire And Damnation,’ slated for release on January 19th, 2024, via Silver Lining Music.
‘Hell, Fire And Damnation’ emerges as a sonic voyage traversing history’s enigmas, Saxon delves into their most confident musical territory yet. Biff’s vocals resonate with newfound richness, complemented by the rhythmic mastery of Nigel Glockler and Nibbs Carter on drums and bass, respectively. The guitars of Doug Scarratt and Brian Tatler synergize flawlessly, igniting an energy that will undoubtedly captivate fans. if this single is a taste of the album to come Saxon is bag with a bang
Masterfully produced, ‘Hell, Fire And Damnation’ strikes a harmonious balance between contemporary power and a reverent embrace of the NWOBHM legacy. The sound quality is fantastic its raw, vibrant essence and the unembellished guitar tones that resonate powerfully.
As Saxon gears up for a monumental 2024 European tour alongside Judas Priest and Uriah Heep, ‘Hell, Fire And Damnation’ stands as a heavy metal masterpiece, born from focused dedication and an unwavering commitment to musical excellence. The album’s expedited creation, catalyzed by impending tour dates, attests to the band’s exceptional work ethic and artistic agility.
In summary, ‘Hell, Fire And Damnation’ signifies Saxon’s triumphant return, promising an electrifying auditory experience that encapsulates the essence of British Heavy Metal’s unyielding spirit.