‘Top 50 Albums Of 2013’ Countdown – #21: Saxon – Sacrifice

By Andrew Bansal

British heavy metal cult legends Saxon released their 20th studio album ‘Sacrifice’ earlier this year via UDR Music. The newest chapter in an incredibly prolific 37-year old career, the album delivers quintessential Saxon at its finest, highlighting the perennial strength of their musicianship and songwriting which is still just about as good as it’s ever been. Following the very apt ‘Procession’ intro, the title track gives the album a great start, while tunes like ‘Made In Belfast’ and ‘Warriors Of The Road’ build up the momentum and make Sacrifice an extremely accessible album for fans of the genre. Frontman Biff Byford is in his element, and simply doesn’t seem to age in his voice whatsoever, not negatively at least. The music is simple and well-written, forming an excellent combination with Byford’s vocals and giving NWOBHM fans plenty to rejoice about. In a live setting, these tunes fit together seamlessly with the older material, proving that the band’s musical abilities have not deteriorated even one bit and the fact that the new songs hold their own amongst the older, better-known classics. With the sheer class and quality of Sacrifice, both in terms of the the music and production, Saxon once again have shown how it’s done, and younger bands certainly have a lot to learn from them.

Track Listing:
1. Procession
2. Sacrifice
3. Made In Belfast
4. Warriors Of The Road
5. Guardians Of The Tomb
6. Stand Up And Fight
7. Walking The Steel
8. Night Of The Wolf
9. Wheels Of Terror
10.Standing In A Queue

Duration: 39.3 minutes

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The countdown so far …
#50. Nails – Abandon All Life
#49. American Sharks – Self-Titled
#48. Hatebreed – The Divinity Of Purpose
#47. Helen Money – Arriving Angels
#46. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control
#45. Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen
#44. Church Of Misery – Thy Kingdom Scum
#43. Wolvserpent – Perigaea Antahkarana
#42 . Djinn And Miskatonic – Forever In The Realm
#41. Czar – No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive 
#40. Against The Grain – Surrounded By Snakes
#39. Nekrofilth – Devil’s Breath
#38. Kylesa – Ultraviolet
#37. The Devil’s Blood – III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars
#36. Kadavar – Abra Kadavar
#35. Purson – The Circle And The Blue Door
#34. Carousel – Jeweler’s Daughter
#33. Kvelertak – Meir
#32. SpiralArms – Freedom
#31. Satan – Life Sentence
#30. Exhumed – Necrocracy
#29. Havok – Unnatural Selection
#28. Mothership – Self-Titled
#27. UDO – Steelhammer
#26. Ramming Speed – Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die
#25. Revocation – Self-Titled 
#24. Gorguts – Colored Sands
#23. Kobra And The Lotus – Self-Titled 
#22. Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry Of Consciousness
#21. Saxon – Sacrifice 

Check out #20 here.