Legendary Rock Interviews recently caught up with SAXON frontman Biff Byford. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
LRI: A Call To Arms was a really nice return to form and really rallied the fanbase, including here in the States. Was it hard to set out to top that with Sacrifice?
Biff: “Yeah, it was actually. A Call To Arms was a great album, a great collection of songs but I wanted to come at Sacrifice from a little bit of a different angle. I wanted it to be a little heavier and more from the heart rather than the head so, yeah it was a task but there’s certainly a lot of passion in these songs. I worked quite hard with our guitarist on the choruses and melodies and the twin guitar parts. I think because I was producing the album I was in a little bit more control and felt I could take the band into more of a live direction. We really worked on the songs in terms of how they sound when we’re playing as opposed to just working on them to make them sound good in the studio.”
LRI: It’s a solid long player, old school metal album from start to finish and it’s sequenced exceptionally well. I put on ‘Procession’ and had no idea what to expect and then was just about blown out of my seat by the title track .
Biff: (laughs) Yeah, the sequencing was important to me, I knew I wanted ‘Sacrifice’ to be right there at the beginning of the album because it’s such a solid, heavy riff and song. I made a list of songs and (co-producer/mixer) Andy Sneap made a list of songs we thought were ready and we took a look at each other’s list and it was the same (laughs) so obviously we were on the same page which was pretty cool.”
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Saxon recently announced that their Sacrifice And Sin Tour 2013 will hit North America this fall with openers FOZZY and HALCYON WAY. Confirmed dates are as listed below.
12 – The Emporium – Patchogue, NY
13 – BB Kings – New York, NY
14 – Corona Theater – Montreal, QC
15 – The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
17 – Reverb – Redding, PA
18 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
19 – McGutty’s – Dayton, OH
20 – Machine Shop – Flint, MI
21 – Majoe’s – Joilet, IL
22 – The Rave Basement – Milwaukee, WI
26 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
27 – Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
28 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
1 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ
2 – Gastamp – Long Beach, CA
3 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
4 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
5 – M15 – Corona, CA
6 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco
8 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
9 – Mt. Tabor – Portland, WA
10 – The Venue – Vancouver, BC