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SAXON’s “Queen Of Hearts”

The lyric video for the song “Queen Of Hearts” from British heavy metal legends SAXON can be seen above. The song is taken from the band’s 21st studio album, “Battering Ram“, which will be released on October 30 in North America via UDR Music.

On “Battering Ram” — with Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term “shredding” with their guitars and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter‘s bass and Nigel Glockler‘s drums — the future and the past crash together in an ear-scintillatingly engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy ten-song collection which will instantly be hailed as a SAXON classic.

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The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album’s commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic SAXON with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as “Destroyer” and “Stand Your Ground“, but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love.

“This one’s a natural progression from ‘Sacrifice‘,” says Byford, “There’s a bit less rock ‘n’ roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much.”

Produced by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, ACCEPT) at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, SAXON were able to hone in and whittle down any excess, finding the sonic space and balance to let “Battering Ram“‘s riffs and melodies get the necessary space to scream front and center, Sneap bringing a crispness to the sound which evokes memories of the early ’80s without for one moment sounding dated.

Battering Ram” is available for pre-order now via iTunes, with “Battering Ram” as the instant grat track.

Various “Battering Ram” formats include CD in ecolbook, 180-gram vinyl, limited edition boxset (containing CD, vinyl and a bonus CD with the band performance of their “Denim & Leather” tour “Saxon Over Sweden 2011“, featuring 18 tracks).

Battering Ram” track listing:

01. Battering Ram
02. The Devil’s Footprint
03. Queen Of Hearts
04. Destroyer
05. Hard And Fast
06. Eye Of The Storm
07. Stand Your Ground
08. Top Of The World
09. To The End
10. Kingdom Of The Cross

(via Blabbermouth)

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