Saxon: St. George’s Day Sacrifice –Live In Manchester

Saxon burn up all dragons.

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Doing a special St. George’s Day live performance has become something of a Saxon tradition.

But, as shown on this live recording from last year’s show, there’s never a sense of the band merely using the occasion as a cheap gimmick. This double CD has Biff et al at full throttle.

Hearing the thrust behind Rock ’N’ Roll Gypsy, And The Bands Played On, I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive) and Never Surrender is to hear Saxon thundering irresistibly along, with all pedals firmly embedded into the floor.

There’s obviously something familiar about so much of the material here, but that makes it even more heightened. And being able to end with Wheels Of Steel, Strong Arm Of The Law, Denim And Leather and Princess Of The Night is proof of what Saxon have achieved, and can still deliver live.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.