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SAXON To Release Unplugged And Strung Up On November 19th

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 4:01 PM


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British heavy metal legends SAXON produce a series of alternative takes on classic favorites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal on their new album, Unplugged And Strung Up.

There is always feral beauty in a raging beast...and with Unplugged And Strung Up, SAXON's selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.

Unplugged and Strung Up reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs 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.

As if this reinvention wasn't enough, 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.

The full-track listing for Unplugged and Strung Up is as follows:

  • "Stallions Of The Highway" (Remix)
  • "Crusader" (Orchestrated Version)
  • "Battle Cry"
  • "The Eagle Has Landed" (Orchestrated Version)
  • "Red Star Falling" (Orchestrated Version)
  • "Broken Heroes" (Orchestrated Version)
  • "Call To Arms" (Orchestrated Version)
  • "Militia Guard"
  • "Forever Free" (Re-recorded Version)
  • "Just Let Me Rock" (Re-recorded Version)
  • "Frozen Rainbow" (Acoustic Version)
  • "Iron Wheels" (Live Acoustic Version)
  • "Requiem" (Acoustic Version)
  • "Coming Home" (Acoustic Version)
The full track-listing for Heavy Metal Thunder is as follows:
  • "Heavy Metal Thunder"
  • "Strong Arm Of The Law"
  • "Power & The Glory"
  • "And The Bands Played On"
  • "Crusader"
  • "Dallas 1PM"
  • "Princess Of The Night"
  • "Wheels Of Steel"
  • "747 (Strangers In The Night)"
  • "Motorcycle Man"
  • "Never Surrender"
  • "Denim & Leather"
  • "Backs To The Wall"
Formats:
  • Limited Edition Digipack + Bonus Disc Heavy Metal Thunder
  • CD Jewel Case
  • Double Vinyl Gatefold LP
  • Digital Download
  • Exclusive D2C (Direct To Consumer) Package
SAXON is currently on a headline run of North America. The band will tour until October 10th when the tour comes to a close in Vancouver, BC. LOS ANGELES FANS – take note! The band will stop in for an exclusive in-store signing at Soundcheck Hollywood (8872 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood, CA) on October 4th, starting at 6:00pm. This is right before the band goes to take the stage at the House of Blues in LA! For more information, visit http://shop.soundcheckhollywood.com/pages/events.

SAXON Tour Dates:

  • 10/1 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
  • 10/2 Las Vegas, NV @ Count's Vamp'd
  • 10/3 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
  • 10/4 Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
  • 10/5 Corona, CA @ M15
  • 10/6 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
  • 10/8 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
  • 10/9 Portland, OR @ Alhambra Theater
  • 10/10 Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
For more information, please visit www.saxon747.com and www.udr-music.com.


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