Nov. 2 — Saxon will open the new year with a new album.
The band is scheduled to release its 23rd album, Carpe Diem Feb. 4 through Silver Lining Music. The band made the announcement Tuesday in a news release. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the video for the album’s lead/title single Tuesday.
The video for ‘Carpe Diem’ presents front man Biff Byford along an unidentified coastal area performing his part of the song as a clearly stiff breeze blows. That footage is coupled with footage of what is meant to reflect the band performing live to enhance the experience.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Carpe Diem’ is pure Saxon. It is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band throughout its life. The hard rock riffs are there as are the strong vocals, solid time keeping and equally solid, stead bass line.
The song’s lyrical theme and the inspiration for the album, said Byford, came from the events of the past year and a half or so.
“It’s been a difficult two years because I had the heart attack back in September 2019, so things went a bit pear-shaped for the band,” said Byford. “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 was produced by Andy Sneap (Fozzy, Skinlab, Exodus). Sneap mixed with album alongside Byford.
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