Another band that needs no introduction. These guys were really one of the best acts to come out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Many, many albums later, the band retains their edge and solidity in songwriting. Not to be confused with the newer Oliver/Dawson Saxon that is also recoring these days. This is the original band with a few minor changes in membership through the years. 'Killing Ground' is available in a limited edition two disc digipak set. The second disc is re-recorded classics that put this band on the map so many years ago.
This album is really good. The songwriting takes a step back in time to albums like 'Crusader' and 'Denim and Leather' while enjoying todays technology. Some of it even is remiscent of albums such as 'Innocence is no excuse'. The intro titled 'Intro' is a bit like the 'Crusader' opener. 'Killing Ground' is one of the heaviest on the album following the intro. This track has the classic Saxon sound with a lot of bite. I really like 'Court of the CrimsonKing' with it's majestic feel and superb vocal power. 'Hell freezes over' will sound like something off of the 'Innocence' album. 'Dragon's Lair' is another clear winner. Fairly aggressive with a great deal of melody. Saxon fans will roll their ears in 'Deeds of Glory'. Good grinding metal assault as is 'Running for the Border' which is probably my favorite track on the album. Another favorite, 'Shadows on the Wall' is outstanding with it's songwriting finesse. These track sounds new and at the same time goes for the classic Saxon feel. Closing the album in heavy style is the crunchy 'Rock is our life'. As far as the limited second disc, you get eight classic tracks updated to todays technology. Tracks like 'Princess of the Night', 'Crusader', 'Wheels of Steel', and 'Dallas 1 PM' have never sounded so good.
'Killing Ground' is definitely a re-focus on the part of the band. Recent albums were just as heavy, but this album has a classic Saxon feel and should rank highly with some of their greatest albums. If you can get your hands on the limited edition two disc set, I would recommend it. The second disc is a fun trip to the past. The main part of the album shows the band as a timeless entity. This album is a must have especially if you are a fan of the band and the NWOBHM. Absolutely amazing work once again!
Glenn Hughes is definitely one of rocks most amazing vocal talents. His ambitions are never in shortage and his songwriting is steadfast. 'Building the Machine' is his latest entry into his amazing career of music. The album has many 'large' name guests as one would expect such as Bobby Kimball and Pat Travers. Glenn is really finding a groove with his songwriting on his recent albums. There is confidence to his songwriting that makes for an excellent listen.
The music on this album is a lot of fun to listen to. You get a heavy edge mixed with a bit of a funk feel. This is very evident on 'Can't stop the flood', and 'Inside'. you'll be tapping your toes for sure on these. Just something about that beat. 'Out on me' grabs the Pop feel with a slight edge involved. 'I just want to celebrate' definitely is funk influenced right down to the lyrics and vocal styles. Getting back to the opening feel of the album is 'Don't let it slip away'. 'Feels like home' is one of the finer moments. Glenn's vocals are solid and the music is as smooth as it gets. One of the lighter tracks on the album. 'Highball shooter' delves a bit in the classic rock and funk styles. I like 'I will follow you'. A very laid back track that is very melody driven. One of my favorites is 'Beyond the Numb'. The track is very multi-dimensional and stands out with it's depth. 'Big Sky' closes the album on the lighter side and really confirms to the listener the consistency of the album both in depth and musicianship. Glenn's vocals on the album are in top form as usual and should please most.
Glenn delivers another winner. The album gives you an idea of maybe where Glenn feels mos comfortable in his songwriting efforts. One can surmise by how well this album is put together structurally, that this is where he shines the brightest. For those already aware of Glenn Hughes, you know what he is gonna deliver with this album. For those not familiar, this is an album that offers a lot. This is definitely feel good music at a time when we need it the most.