The year 2007, as the year 2006, will bring some great new albums : those of Nightwish
, Within Temptation
, After Forever
, etc, for example. But, the most awaited album by classic heavy metal fans worldwide is surely, and without any doubts, the new Saxon
's baby, 'The Inner Sanctum
', which could have confused some fans after a splendid 'Killing Ground
', the british band is coming back with a metal monument, yes, we can say it, un monument which will leave an indelible print in the metal genre! Here, there is no useless thing, all the songs being equal and ass-kicking. In fact, the 10 tracks mix together power, epic, speed, techniques, ingenuity and a huuuge talent!
the album starts really strong with "State Of Grace", really melodic, followed by the true declaration of war well named "Need
For Speed", which has nothing to do with the same name videogame. Then, we have "Let Me Feel Your Power
" with a efficient refrain, two marvellous epic tracks : "Red
Star Falling" & "Atila The Hun", which will probably be the live bombs on the next Biff & co shows. Following songs are : a rock'n'roll thingie which recall nostalgically the first period of the band ("I've Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)"), a first single ("If I Was You") which grooves to the death, "Going Nowhere
Fast", which has a nice american side, "Ashes To Ashes
", which sadly is less powerful than the other songs, because of powerless choirs, and "Empire Rising
", mysterious and tenebrous.
For those who would like to discover this mythic band of the NWOBHM, beyond the albums like 'Crusader
', 'Strong Arms Of The Law
', 'Denim & Leather
' and 'Killing Ground
', I advice you at 500% this 'The Inner Sanctum
', breathing freshness and energy! But where did Biff and his comrades take the recept to be as on top form as they are right now?? The heavy metal seems to be more than ever to be an extraordinary fountain of youth (and of creativity), the proof is here...