Demon Records has announced the release of an extraordinary SAXON box set containing vinyl LPs of the band’s nine studio albums recorded between 1991 and 2009. “Eagles And Dragons” will be released on March 18.
A trailer for “Eagles And Dragons” is available below.
“Eagles And Dragons” features nine seminal NWOBHM albums which before today, were only released on vinyl in some regions including Germany, Italy and the U.K., and in very limited amounts. These new luxury 180-gram vinyl versions, including inner sleeves with all the lyrics, are a must-have for fans and collectors. The hand-numbered outer slipcase box features a specially commissioned, beautiful brand new cover painting by SAXON’s artist-in-residence, the legendary Paul Gregory. In addition, 500 copies with a framable print of the cover signed by SAXON frontman Biff Byford will be available exclusively from Demon’s D2C store.
Byford commented: “From 1991’s ‘Solid Ball Of Rock’ to 2009’s ‘Into The Labyrinth’, this is the first time we have ever had a vinyl box set of nine albums in one package — never to be done again — with exclusive cover artwork from Paul Raymond Gregory. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!”
* “Solid Ball Of Rock” (1991)
* “Forever Free” (1992)
* “Dogs Of War” (1995)
* “Unleash The Beast” (1997)
* “Metalhead” (1999)
* “Killing Ground” (2001)
* “Lionheart” (2004)
* “The Inner Sanctum” (2007)
* “Into The Labyrinth” (2009)
NWOBHM legends SAXON released their self-titled debut in 1979, followed by “Wheels Of Steel” the following year, which reached #5 in the U.K. chart and gave fans two classics in the title track and “747”. They established themselves as one of the icons of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal throughout the ’80s. Later the band tried to attack the U.S. market taking a more melodic direction with release of “Destiny” in 1988, before going back to their original sound with 1991’s “Solid Balls Of Rock”, reaffirming their influence on the European metal scene. They continued touring and recording enjoying renewed success, with 2015’s “Battering Ram” reaching the U.K. Top 50 and No. 12 in Germany. SAXON saw album sales topping 15 million worldwide, which included eight U.K. Top 40 albums across their career. They are considered a seminal act and are known to have inspired the likes of METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA and plenty more.