Saxon – Thunderbolt (Album Review)

Saxon – Thunderbolt (Album Review)

Band: Saxon

Album: Thunderbolt


01 – Olympus Rising
02 – Thunderbolt
03 – The Secret of Flight
04 – Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
05 – They Played Rock & Roll
06 – Predator
07 – Sons of Odin
08 – Sniper
09 – A Wizard’s Tale
10 – Speed Merchants
11 – Roadie’s Song


Overall Impression:

There is only one way to explain this album … AN EPIC FUCKING MASTERPIECE that could be turned into a rock opera!
And please note if you take my advise an turn this entire album into a rock opera please invite me for opening night.

From 0:01 till the end there was nothing but pure eargasmic moments of flash back good ole impressive tracks.
The BRILLIANT old school guitar riffs that catch you right off the bat (especially the intro to Predator).
The vocals … THE VOCALS … THE VOCALS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spine tingling genius down to every single last note.

I found myself banging my head in time to the killer drums (as one should).  The bass so present and crisp. 
There really is nothing and I mean NOTHING AT ALL I can say bad about this entire fucking album.  I tried I wont lie cause rarely do you sit thru an entire album and enjoy every single last note.  I failed, they succeeded.  THIS IS, AS I SAID, AN EPIC MASTERPIECE.  Saxon formed in the 70’s and I will say THIS album, out of all 22, is mind-blowing and by far THEIR BEST ALBUM EVER!

I need to spend an entire paragraph if you will, on “Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz). This is a genius performance.
I listened to this track probably about 25 times before I moved onto the next. I would love to see a part 2 to this because you could have In-A-Gadda’ed this song by making it 16 minutes plus long and I would have been just as engulfed in ever single aspect of this track. The story, the haunting instrumentals, the stunningly raspy story telling vocals, the genious guitar solo.

I am 1 person giving my 1 opinion on tracks/records and some may agree some may disagree. That is the beauty of any piece of art, each person sees it different.
When it comes down to it I am in radio and I am NOT a journalist nor do I pretend to play one on TV so please no grammar police etc.

Kristin Kupiec

February 22nd, 2018

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