Saxon: Biff Byford, “L’idea dei Judas Priest di suonare con una chitarra? Forse avevano bevuto”
In una nuova intervista su “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” è stato chiesto a Biff Byford un commento sull’annuncio dei Judas Priest di riprendere il tour con un solo chitarrista. Annuncio seguito poi dal ripensamento della band inglese dopo le critiche arrivate dai fan. Questo il pensiero dello storico frontman dei Saxon:
Ne ho parlato con Andy Sneap. Andy vive piuttosto vicino a me, per cui parliamo spesso. Era davvero deluso, perché ama i Judas Priest. Andy è un figlio degli anni Ottanta, per davvero, per cui ama i Priest. Non l’ha presa poi così male, semplicemente era deluso. Poi, una settimana dopo era di nuovo dentro. Della serie: “Sììì” (ride, ndr). Non so come gli sia venuto in mente. Forse avevano bevuto. Non saprei.
Magari erano a fare un festino in una stanza e qualcuno se n’è uscito con qualcosa del tipo: “Hey, quella non suona così male con una chitarra”. A volte le cose vanno così. Qualcuno dice una cosa. Magari c’era un ingegnere del suono pronto a dire: “Avete ascoltato questo?”. Davvero, non so perché. Ho pensato che fosse un po’ folle, quando l’ho sentito. Della serie: “Ma davvero?” (ride, ndr). Un po’ come i Thin Lizzy con una sola chitarra: impossibile!
ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
SET FOR RELEASE 4TH FEBRUARY 2022
AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER AT THIS LOCATION
NEW SINGLE “CARPE DIEM (SEIZE THE DAY)”
COVER ART BY PAUL R. GREGORY
DATELINE: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – Life hath no fury like a legend in full roar… and on February 4th, 2022, Saxon will show just that to the world when they release their 23rd studio album, Carpe Diem, through Silver Lining Music, serving notice to anyone who ever felt otherwise that they remain both vanguards and masters of British Metal. Comprised of 10 titanic tracks bristling with steel-clad riffery and proud intent, the Barnsely (UK) born band draw on a variety of ingredients from their career to forge what is their most dynamic release in many a year.
“It all starts with the riff,” says front man and co-founder Biff Byford, “if the riff speaks to me, then we’re on our way. It’s a very intense album, and that’s all down to the fact that the essence of a great metal song is the riff that starts it, and this album has loads of them.”
Unleashing today the title track’s roll-back attack, this is Saxon at their purest and most definitive; aggressively parading the pure metal flag and imploring fans old and new to gather and celebrate the very best of both Saxon and the genre itself.
“In Latin it means ‘seize the day’ and I think it’s a great thing to say;” continues Biff “it’s what the Romans used to say to each other on a regular basis, apparently, never having met one, I wouldn’t know! But we’re gonna do theSeize the Day world tour, the album’s Carpe Diem, this song’s called “Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)” and it’s such a powerful thing to say.”
Listen To/Watch “Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)” here
Carpe Diem will be available in a variety of formats and pre-orders can be placed at this location
Produced by Andy Sneap (Judas Priest, Exodus, Acceptand
Priest guitarist) at Backstage Recording Studios in Derbyshire with Byford and Sneap mixing and mastering, Carpe Diem strikes the ear as one of the most essential British metal statements of the last few years and not lacking in pace or bite, an album which will ignite the joy in stalwart supporters and attract a whole new legion to the Saxon fold.
“We want every album we make to go platinum,” says Biffdefiantly. “We never make an album that we don’t expect to be fantastic because there are no laurels around here, and as a band, we’re always trying to do something a little bit new, a little bit daring. I love fast metal like “Princess of the Night” and “20,000 Feet”, and I try and bring that style of Saxon into the music now, but in a more modern style. We don’t sound like an old band on records because we’re not sitting back on our past success, we’re always trying to make a great album.”
The genesis of Carpe Diem’s fierce intensity lies in two extremely significant life events – “It’s been a difficult two years,” offers Biff with considerable understatement, “because I had the heart attack back in September 2019, so things went a bit pear-shaped for the band. And then Covid hit two or three months later, but luckily, we started writing and recording this album before Covid. We did the drums in Germany and we did the guitars in various places. I was doing a lot of writing while I was in the hospital bed, and we spent quite a long time writing and arranging the ideas that we all had. I do think it’s a very intense album, and maybe some of that intensity comes from the frustration of not being able to do anything in the Covid period.”
Carpe Diem Track Listing:
BIFF BYFORD – Vocals
PAUL QUINN – Guitar
NIGEL GLOCKLER – Drums
DOUG SCARRATT – Guitar
NIBBS CARTER – Bass
Produced by Andy Sneap and Biff Byford
Album mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap
Guitars recorded by Andy Sneap at Backstage Recording Studios, Derbyshire (UK); Vocals recorded by Seb Byfordat Big Silver Barn, York (UK); Drums recorded by Jacky Lehmann (Audiosound) at Velbyproductions,
All lyrics by Biff Byford. Backing vocals by Seb Byford
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