Sunday, November 23, 2008

Heavy Metal Legends Saxon To Deliver 'Into The Labyrinth' In January

UK heavy metal legends Saxon's new studio album, "Into The Labyrinth", will be out on January 12, 2009 (Germany: January 9; USA: January 13). February 2009 will see the band embark on another major world tour, only one month after the album release.

"Into The Labyrinth" was recorded at the Twilight Hall in Krefeld, Germany, under the direction of Charlie Bauerfeind. Saxon laid down 13 new songs at Blind Guardian's studio, starting with monumental opener "Battalions Of Steel" through "Demon Sweeney Todd" and "Valley Of The Kings", which both cover historic events, to the final slide guitar blues track "Coming Home" (fans are already familiar with the electric version of this track from Saxon's "Killing Ground" album).

"The new material was written in England and at my house in France," vocalist Biff Byford explains. "Stylistically, I would describe the album as an even balance between 'Lionheart' and 'The Inner Sanctum', a mix of powerful, in-your-face rock songs and pure heavy metal tracks. We're very happy with the production and proud of 'Into The Labyrinth'."

2009 also marks the 30th anniversary of the band's self titled debut album, released in 1979.

"Live To Rock," the first single from the album :

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