British Heavy Metal Legends SAXON Release New Album “Unplugged and Strung Up” Today
New Album of Alternative Takes on Classic Favorites is in Stores Now via UDR Music
“This is actually a lot of fun… Power-metal anthems such as “Crusader” and “Call to Arms” sound all the more epic with brash strings sweeping across them, while an acoustic “Frozen Rainbow” seems completely natural.” – Detroit Metro Times
“Saxon have truly outdone themselves with this album and it is truly worth giving a few spins, as it is sure to please Saxon’s already enormous fan base and may just end up catching on a few new ones along the way.” – ConcertBlogger.com
“…the arrangements are fantastic and the songs sound amazing…” – MetalKaoz.com
British heavy metal legends SAXON have unleashed their new album Unplugged and Strung Up, a full-length release of fresh twists on classic tracks, today via UDR Music! Buy your copy today – available in digipack version - here via Amazon
SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase the digipack version of the release which will include 2002's storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits Heavy Metal Thunder. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as ‘Motorcycle Man’, ‘Strong Arm of the Law’ and ‘Dallas 1pm’, it is a quintessential part of any collection.
- CD Jewel Case
- Double Vinyl Gatefold LP
- Digital Download
- Exclusive D2C (Direct To Consumer) Package
“We decided to revisit some of the older tracks as we thought they could benefit sonically from the advances in recording techniques etc. - plus some of them really deserved to be 'pumped up' with orchestrations,” states drummer Nigel Glockler. “On the other hand, several compositions were treated in the exact opposite way - stripped down to the bare bones with acoustic guitars - again to give a different slant on the songs in question. We started this around the time of laying down the drum tracks for the 'Labyrinth' album so it's taken a few years for it all to come together but hey, good things come to those who wait! - and we didn't want to rush it - it had to be just right!”
Frontman Biff Byford adds, “We put this album together over a period of five years! I don't think anybody's done this before, because we didn't really plan to make an album like this, it's ended up really interesting to listen to! It really is a labor of love.”
Last week, SAXON and UDR Music revealed a brand new Unplugged and Strung Up album teaser, which also includes snippets of interviews with vocalist Biff Byford. Check out the video via UDR Music’s YouTube page here: http://youtu.be/551z5RxDn40
With Unplugged and Strung Up, SAXON introduces a carefully selected collection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.
As mentioned above, Unplugged and Strung Up reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXONsongs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK earlier this year, Biff and co. re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ and ‘Crusader’ by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. ‘Frozen Rainbow’ from the band's 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst ‘Red Star Falling’ soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally-arranged dovetail.