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Saxon
Thunderbolt
Type: CD
Company: Silver Lining
Release: 2018
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 1/25/2018
Another solid effort from one of metal's immortal breed
Biff and the boys are still bathing in Ponce de Leon's fountain of youth. The band remain as vigorous as ever, touring the world with the equally spry Judas Priest and churning out album after album of heavily built slabs of traditional heavy metal. Biff's pushing 70 and still active and energetic, evident with yet another stellar release entitled 'Thunderbolt'. The band pair with esteemed producer Andy Sneap, who's robust engineering creates a larger than life sound. Songs like "Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)" are benefactors of this grand soundscape, punctuated with choral arrangements, orchestration and a meticulous attention to detail. The song is a highlight, doing for vampires what self-titled track "Killing Ground" (2001) did for the war-weary soldier. "They Played Rock and Roll" is aptly-titled, a charging banger full of the Motorhead tradition it celebrates. Along with the obligatory battle anthems and sword and sorcery cuts is one distinct variable--death metal vocals. I've searched high and low and it sounds like Amon Amarth vocalist Johan Hegg is providing the growling for "Predator". You can always teach old dogs new tricks. Overall, another solid effort from one of metal's immortal breed.
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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