Monday, October 15, 2018

Saxon @ Bataclan, Paris - October 15th, 2018

In the spirit of full disclosure, I've never been a huge Saxon fan. I was always aware of them and their brand of working class British metal, and even saw them live once before, but when it comes to the famed New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene, I was always a bigger Iron Maiden fan.

That said, Saxon rules and their classic songs are undeniable slabs of metal awesomeness. Even their newer records find them in fine form (much better than their 90's output, although that's not saying much) and the new songs go over very well in the setlist.

Biff Byford is a very committed but affable frontman, and the energy emanating from the musicians onstage is only rivalled by the one radiating from the crowd, who went absolutely apeshit more than a few times during the show.

Saxon have nothing to prove. They are once again the undisputed kings of the second division of British metal. All they can do now is dispense the good word and let the faithful flock to them in swarm. As long as they deliver the goods like last night, their legacy will be set in stone.

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