Thursday, November 21, 2013

British Heavy Metal Pioneers SAXON and Yahoo Music Unveil "Unplugged and Strung Up" Full Album Stream

British Heavy Metal Pioneers SAXON and Yahoo Music Unveil “Unplugged and Strung Up” Full Album Stream

New Album of Alternative Takes on Classic Favorites Hits Stores on November 25, 2013 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.” –

“…the arrangements are fantastic and the songs sound amazing…” –

British heavy metal legends SAXON and Yahoo Music have teamed up for a surprise of epic proportions! Today, Yahoo is streamingUnplugged and Strung Up, the band’s upcoming full-length release of fresh twists on classic tracks. Listen to the entire album now viaYahoo Music at this location (four days before release!), and buy your copy in stores on Monday, November 25th!

On Monday, 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:

With Unplugged and Strung UpSAXON 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.

SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a 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. Order your copy of the digipack version here via Amazon.

Additional Formats:
- CD Jewel Case
- Double Vinyl Gatefold LP
- Digital Download
- Exclusive D2C (Direct To Consumer) Package

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.

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