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    SAXON's upcoming release, The Inner Sanctum, will be available in Europe on March 5th (Germany on March 2nd) and in North America on April 3rd via SPV Records. The title will be released in a digipack edition with a bonus DVD and in a standard jewel case edition with a bonus track. The tracklist for The Inner Sanctum: 'State Of Grace', 'Need For Speed', 'Let Me Feel Your Power', 'Red Star Falling', 'I've Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)', 'If I Was You' (Album Version), 'Going Nowhere Fast', 'Ashes To Ashes', 'Empire Rising', 'Atila The Hun'. Bonus DVD: 'To Hell And Black Again', 'A Night Out With The Boys - The Idea', 'A Night Out With The Boys - Not Really', 'See The Light Shining', 'A Night Out The Boys - Now It Started', 'Redline', 'Suzie Hold On', 'Stand Up And Be Counted', 'Frozen Rainbow', 'Never Surrender'. "The past 12 months were undeniably the most successful year in our career to date, so we knew that it would be a good idea to start collecting ideas and write the songs early," comments vocalist Biff Byford. "All through the last summer, we used the weekdays between the festival weekends to concentrate on working on our albums. We hired rehearsal rooms in Germany, Spain and England, where we ensconced ourselves for three days during the week, before travelling to the next festival. We'd never gone about things this way before, but as you can see it worked." Byford has every reason to be satisfied with the result. "The Inner Sanctum is a typical Saxon recording that kicks off with real heavy metal, followed by a couple of rock'n'roll numbers, returning to metal towards the end," he describes his group's new offering, which - between the uptempo numbers, 'Atila The Hun' and 'Let Me Feel Your Power' (which unconditionally lives up to its title), the anthemnic midtempo track 'Red Star Falling', the groove rocker 'I've Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)', reminiscent of the glorious 'Strong Arm Of The Law' era, and 'Going Nowhere Fast' - covers the whole range of a typical Saxon masterpiece. The brand-new single 'If I Was You' has been available as a download since January 26, 2007. As far as Byford is concerned, The Inner Sanctum is on a par with his band's great classics: "I'd say the album is in the style of Metalhead and Lionheart with a little bit of Solid Ball Of Rock; a number of tracks have an Eighties feel, but at the same time the production is very modern."

    Posted on 2007-02-15 17:42:24 and written by dimitris