Noise-some Notes – 18th October 2015

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News! Links! Listening notes! That is why you are here. So without further ado…

Saxon Saxon Saxon

Well, it’s been a big fortnight for this Saxon fan. Not only did I pen a review of their BBC in Concert album there has also been the small matter of a NEW SAXON ALBUM. It just arrived on Friday there, the Battering Ram deluxe box set (see picture) with the CD, vinyl, T-Shirt (too wee) and an awesome bonus live CD Saxon over Sweden 2011! The live CD has them playing all the tracks from the Denim and Leather album so there are a good number of rarely-heard tracks on it. It’s early yet but the new album is sounding very good indeed. Maybe their strongest for many years and that’s saying something because their latter-day albums have not been weaklings. In a year when many veteran bands have started to sound distinctly doddery, the classic metal crown is Saxon’s for the taking.

Bobby Rock Goes West

Check this out, it’s a great read from former Vinnie Vincent Invasion drummer (and ripped dude) Bobby Rock about his audition for the band. I love stories from behind-the-scenes like this and this is very entertaining indeed. And any inside info on the eternal enigma that is Vinnie Vincent is always welcome. I hope Bobby does more of these.

Calling Carcass the C-Word

Here’s another article written by a musician. It’s an old post but it’s new to me and made me chuckle a lot while I was eating my bacon roll this morning. The Antichrist Imperium singer Sam Bean recollects a hilarious journalistic misadventure involving Carcass’ Jeff Walker and a particularly naughty word.

Def Leppard the Kings of… Hair Metal?

Def Leppard’s Hysteria album tops Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Albums of Hair Metal. And in celebration, the Lep have released another new track that takes you right back to the glory days of… erm… Euphoria and X. That’s some bad retro right there.

The Return of The Wounded Kings

The HMO-approved doom outfit The Wounded Kings have completed their new album. It’s due for release early in 2016 and is an exciting prospect indeed. And they have a new Bandcamp page up now too where you can buy cheap downloads of their first two albums and there will be merch relating to the upcoming album available there soon too.

PaRtY-CaNnOn Logo T-Shirt Pre-Order

Buy them while you can! These will sell like hot cakes. I’ve pre-ordered mine.

Week in Listening

Actually, I’ve been listening to things I intend to review fairly soon so I don’t want to spoil the surprise here. Plenty of Saxon naturally! Apart from those, I’ve been listening to Primordial’s debut album Imrama and enjoying that. Quite a big My Dying Bride influence back then, in the vocals especially. And staying in the “miserable” spectrum of things there was some early Anathema getting played: Serenades and The Silent Enigma. Both are weighty and doleful gothic metal classics. The new Queensrÿche album Condition Hüman has been getting quite a few plays. It’s fairly good, a grower, but not really grabbing me like their last one did. But I’ve fallen hook-line-and-sinker for the Gamma Ray debut album Heading for Tomorrow though. I’ve spent a lot of my Free Time (it’s one of the things that I like) listening to it. I can guarantee it’s especially effective as a pick-me-up after a few too many Anathema albums. Or on a Monday morning. Try it!

[Gamma Ray – Free Time]

Make it work!
Make it work!

26 thoughts on “Noise-some Notes – 18th October 2015”

  1. Always awesome when a band that you have dug for years puts out some real good product since they been at for what about 36-40 years! Glad your digging the Saxon and thays real cool that they added extras for the hard core SaxHead as yourself!
    I’m getting concerned about this Lep deal…not to good from what I’ve been reading that’s for sure…I’ll wait Til it’s out….a mix between Euphoria and X= Blah!
    I read that Rock article on VV ..great read esp since it’s from the horses mouth so to speak ….also I read a interview with the three guys from the band New England that when there leader quit (John Fannon) VV hooked up with them and they did demos with VV singing as well andd than Simmons came knocking and bye bye….
    Great Read…..

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    1. Have you got a link to that New England interview? Sounds good.

      Not impressed by the DL so far. It’s not terrible but it’s nothing they haven’t done better before. Yawn.

      The Saxon is great and the live album bonus is fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! One of the best live albums I’ve heard in a while.


  2. That Saxon set looks right peachy. I’ve been digging the track since it appeared and I’m pleased that they’re continuing to dish out some really strong albums. I’m still enjoying their last effort! They really are consistent, eh?

    The Wounded Kings sound like a band I need to check out … I fair enjoy a spot of doom.

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    1. It is very peachy. And the live album is incredible! They have been on a really consistent run for years now. It’s impressive and I don’t think they get enough credit for it. The Wounded Kings are well worth checking out of you like doom. Properly grinding, miserable stuff!

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      1. It’s awful…I really hate to buy an album when it’s this shaky…in terms of recent history, this is not a good sign.

        Then add in the fact that my OCD would dictate I buy a Japanese copy AND the Classic Rock fanpack, to get all the tracks.

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  3. Thanks for the Bob Rock link and the Carcass one too, HMO. Those were interesting reads. I liked Rock talking about destiny. I like some of the Swansong work so I don’t see eyelevel with Bean but I liked his questions and humor. Made me think. May give his work a listen with an expanded perspective down the road.

    Saxon…man, Battering Ram. One day it feels like well tread territory, another listen, it seems timeless metal anthem.

    Steve Shelton, Confessor/Loincloth drummer, had a stage sharing perspective with Vinnie Vincent.

    “must… cleanse Los Angeles… must save us all”.

    Re: 1986 Saxon BBC recording- Yeah, that live offering looks pretty strong. IIRC This Town Rocks was their lead off track and then Power and Glory…I think This Town is a great starter especially live- Long Beach Arena, CA, Opener Black and Blue, Closer Malmsteen(Trilogy). My bud, new to Saxon, not me, was blown away by their stage energy. I like Broken Heroes especially. He afterward bought their album and let me borrow it.


    1. Hey, sorry this comment seemed to end up in my spam for some reason. Glad I spotted it!

      I like Swansong too so thanks for that! I’ve never really understood the ire it provokes in people. Some of it is a bit dull but a lot of it is very good I think. Bean is an interesting chap. I’ve certainly enjoyed his work on The Antichrist Imperium album but I don’t know any of this other work in Berzerker etc…

      Agreed on Battering Ram too. I wasn’t sure about it at first but I love it now. And thanks for the VV link and recollections of Saxon. This Town is a great concert opener and I love Broken Heroes. I was so delighted when they played it last time I saw them. They are coming by again soon with Motorhead but they’ve chosen such an awful venue to play in that I might pass on it.


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