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01 Witchfinder general
02 Man and machine
03 The return
04 Lionheart
05 Beyond the grave
06 Justice
07 To live by the sword
08 Jack tars
09 English man o war
10 Searching for atlantis
11 Flying on the edge
01 Lionheart "Making Of Videoclip"
 
02 Lionheart "Live Clip"
 
03 Beyond the grave "Video clip"
 
04 Witchfinder General (5.1/96K High End Sound Mix)
 
05 Man And Machine (5.1/96K High End Sound Mix)
 
06 The Return (5.1/96K High End Sound Mix)
 
07 Lionheart (5.1/96K High End Sound Mix)
 
08 Beyond The Grave (5.1/96K HighEnd Sound Mix)
 
09 Justice (5.1/96K High End Sound Mix)
 
10 To Live By The Sword (5.1/96K High End Sound Mix)
 
11 Jack Tars (5.1/96K High End Sound Mix)
 
12 English Man 'O' War (5.1/96K High End Sound Mix)
 
13 Searching For Atlantis (5.1/96K High End Sound Mix)
 
14 Flying On The The Edge (5.1/96K High End Sound Mix)
 
15 Witchfinder General (Studio-Audio Rough Mix)
 
16 Man And Machine (Studio-Audio Rough Mix)
 
17 The Return (Studio-Audio RoughMix)
 
18 Lionheart (Studio-Audio Rough Mix)
 
19 Beyond The Grave (Studio-AudioRough Mix)
 
20 Justice (Studio-Audio Rough Mix)
 
21 To Live By The Sword (Studio-Audio Rough Mix)
 
22 Jack Tars (Studio-Audio Rough Mix)
 
23 English Man 'O' War (Studio-Audio Rough Mix)
 
24 Searching For Atlantis (Studio-Audio Rough Mix)
 
25 Flying On The Edge (Studio-Audio Rough Mix)
 
26 Beyond The Grave (Single Version) (Studio-Audio Rough Mix)
 
 
Saxon are British through and through. Not only are they among the founders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal that kick-started a new musical genre in the early Eighties, they’ve also upheld the theme of their native country in their lyrics as well as in their music for some 25 years. Pretty much the same can be said of every aspect of their new, haunting album, Lionheart. From their impressive songwriting with its powerful sounds and ambitioned lyrics about witch hunters, King Richard Lionheart and the attitude of British soldiers towards war, to their striking cover artwork, Saxon unequivocally stand by their origins. At the same time, the band surrounding vocalist Biff Byford display an energy that’s almost physically perceptible. Byford rightly explains: “Lionheart is the most powerful album we’ve ever recorded.”

Saxon’s 1979 debut already hinted that a rough diamond was about to emerge. Their second recording, Wheels Of Steel, tuned into a mega seller, as Saxon went on to tour all over the world. The successor, Strong Arm Of The Law, and especially their double platinum release Denim And Leather (1981) reinforced Saxon’s reputation. Tours of America, an appearance at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Castle Donington, and the live album The Eagle Has Landed (1982) (according to Melody Maker “one of the best live recordings of the decade”) followed. Power And Glory (1983) was another classic that caused a stir, particularly in the States. Crusader (1984), oriented towards the US radio charts, was greeted by the odd critical voice that complained about Saxon’s supposed mainstream ambitions. Innocence Is No Excuse in particular met with mixed reactions. “Our Def Leppard album,” was Biff’s retrospective comment on this unusually melodic recording. Rock The Nation and Destiny also faced fair to middling reviews. “Record company and management tried to gear us towards the American market,” Biff explains the Saxon sound of those days. Following a two-year break, the band returned in 1990 with a new record contract and their impressive comeback, Solid Ball Of Rock. The two subsequent releases, Forever Free and Dogs Of War, and the ensuing tour kept the band on their toes, while Saxon succeeded in consolidating their impressive live reputation. Their 1996 live album, The Eagle Has Landed II, followed by Unleash The Beast and Metalhead, proved that the band were ready to face the new millennium, as they went on to release Killing Ground, their best-of release, Heavy Metal Thunder, and their first DVD, The Saxon Chronicles. Now they’re proud to present Lionheart, the latest release by a band with the heart of a lion.
 
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