This album "SAXON - S/T Self-Titled" Saxon is the debut studio album by British heavy metal band Saxon released in 1979 and is considered the first ever NWOBHM


SAXON - Self-Titled French Release 12" LP VINYL ALBUM front cover

Album Description:

In the vibrant music scene of the late 1970s, Saxon emerged as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). Among their notable releases, the self-titled album "Saxon" stands as a testament to the band's raw energy and distinctive sound. Released in 1979 as a 12" LP vinyl album on Carrere Records, the French edition of this iconic record showcases Saxon's early craftsmanship and hints at the band's future success.

The Rise of Saxon and the NWOBHM Movement:
Saxon burst onto the music scene at a time when rock music was undergoing a transformation. The late '70s witnessed the emergence of a new wave of British heavy metal, a movement characterized by the fusion of traditional heavy metal with punk and hard rock influences. Saxon, along with bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, played a crucial role in shaping this movement and capturing the imaginations of a whole new generation of metalheads.

The Significance of the Self-Titled Album:
The self-titled "Saxon" album, released in 1979, marked the band's debut full-length studio effort. This record solidified Saxon's place within the NWOBHM movement and helped establish their unique musical identity. The French release on Carrere Records introduced their music to a wider European audience, expanding their reach beyond the UK.

Musical Style and Highlights:
"Saxon" captures the band's signature sound, combining heavy riffs, pounding drums, and powerful vocals. The album opens with the thunderous "Rainbow Theme", setting the stage for a relentless onslaught of hard-hitting tracks.

The Evolution of Saxon's Sound:
While their debut album laid the foundation for their future success, Saxon's subsequent releases would see them refining and evolving their sound. The band's ability to seamlessly incorporate melodic elements into their heavy metal framework became more evident in later albums like "Wheels of Steel" and "Strong Arm of the Law". These records would go on to define Saxon's classic sound and solidify their status as one of the leading forces in British heavy metal.

Legacy and Influence:
Saxon's self-titled album not only propelled them into the metal spotlight but also left an indelible mark on the genre as a whole. Their unique blend of raw energy, anthemic hooks, and memorable songwriting set the blueprint for countless metal bands that followed. Saxon's influence can be heard in the works of many subsequent metal acts, from thrash metal to power metal and beyond.

Music Genre:

 NWOBHM New Wave Of British Heavy Metal 
Album Production information:

The album: "SAXON - S/T Self-Titled" was produced by: John Verity

John Verity from Bradford, West Yorkshire) is an English guitarist formerly with the band Argent from 1974 to 1976. During the 1980s he was responsible for the production and/or sound engineer of Heavy Metal albums. In particular for the bands Saxon and Tank.

Tape Operator: Robert Price

This album was recorded at: Livingstone Studios

Album cover design: Grafix

Album cover photography: Mike Ford, Dave Muscroft

Record Label Information:

 Pink Carrere 67.331

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1979 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SAXON - S/T Self-Titled
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Biff Byford - Vocals

      Biff Byford (real-name: Peter Rodney Byford) born in the year 1951 in Skelmanthorpe, Win England. Lead singer in the bands “Son of a Bitch” from 1977 until 1978, followed by being lead-singer in the SAXON band

     Byford formed Saxon in 1977 and has been a constant member of the band ever since. Over the years, Saxon has become one of the most influential bands in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, and Byford's powerful voice and charismatic stage presence have been a key part of their success.

    In addition to his work with Saxon, Byford has also worked on various solo projects and collaborated with other musicians. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to the heavy metal genre, and has been referred to as one of the most influential heavy metal singers of all time.

    Byford is known for his unique vocal style, which features a blend of powerful and melodic singing, and his distinctive stage presence and energy have made him a popular figure among heavy metal fans around the world.

  • Graham Oliver - Guitar

      Graham Oliver a guitarist and bass player , born in 1952 Mexborough, England. He was founding member and one of the main song-writer in the British Heavy Metal band Saxon. He started his career around 1975 in a band called “Son of a Bitch”.

  • Paul Quinn - Guitar

      Paul Quinn (full-name: Paul Anthony Quinn) is one of original founding members of Saxon and started in the Coast and "Son Of Bitch Bands"

  • Steve Dawson - Bass

      Steve "Dobby" Dawson was born in 1952 , bass guitar player and one of the founding members of the British Heavy Metal band “SAXON”

  • Pete Gill - Drums

      Pete Gill - Drums, one of the co-founders of the British bands: "Son Of A Bitch" and "Saxon", he has played drums in two major British Heavy Metal bands: "Saxon" and "Motorhead" .

Complete Track-listing of the album "SAXON - S/T Self-Titled"

The detailed tracklist of this record "SAXON - S/T Self-Titled" is:

  1. "Rainbow Theme" 3:07
  2. "Frozen Rainbow" 2:29
  3. "Big Teaser" 3:55
  4. "Judgement Day" 5:31
  5. "Stallions of the Highway" 2:52
  6. "Backs to the Wall" 3:09
  7. "Still Fit to Boogie" 2:53
  8. "Militia Guard" 4:50


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SAXON - Self-Titled French Release 12" LP VINYL ALBUM front cover

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Photo Of The Back Cover SAXON - Self-Titled French Release 12" LP VINYL ALBUM


SAXON - Self-Titled French Release 12" LP VINYL ALBUM back cover

Close up of Side One record's label SAXON - Self-Titled French Release 12" LP VINYL ALBUM

"Saxon" Pink Colour CARRERE Record Label Details: Carrere 67.331 ℗ 1979 Carrere Sound Copyright

"Saxon" Pink Colour CARRERE Record Label Details: Carrere 67.331 ℗ 1979 Carrere Sound Copyright

Saxon: Revving Up the New Wave of British Heavy Metal - A Discography

SAXON Band Information:

Saxon was a British heavy metal band that emerged in the late 1970s and went on to achieve considerable success during the 1980s. The band, which consisted of Biff Byford on vocals, Graham Oliver and Paul Quinn on guitar, Steve Dawson on bass, and Nigel Glockler on drums, was known for their high-energy performances, catchy hooks, and hard-driving riffs.

During the early 1980s, Saxon released a string of successful albums, including "Wheels of Steel" (1980), "Strong Arm of the Law" (1980), and "Denim and Leather" (1981). These albums established Saxon as one of the leading bands in the new wave of British heavy metal, alongside bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard.

One of the defining characteristics of Saxon's music during this period was their use of twin guitar harmonies, a technique popularized by Thin Lizzy and used by many of the leading metal bands of the time. This technique was particularly prominent on songs like "Princess of the Night" and "And the Bands Played On," both of which became fan favorites and staples of the band's live shows.

Saxon's success during the 1980s was not limited to the UK. The band was also popular in the US, where they toured extensively and made a number of high-profile appearances on shows like "The Merv Griffin Show" and "American Bandstand." Their popularity in the US was helped by the fact that they had a sound that was more accessible than some of their contemporaries, with a heavy emphasis on melody and catchy hooks.

Despite their success, Saxon was not without their share of controversies during the 1980s. One of the most notable of these was their decision to play a show in apartheid-era South Africa in 1981, which led to widespread criticism and accusations of racism. The band defended their decision, stating that they did not support apartheid and that their primary motivation was to play for their fans in the country. However, the controversy led to a boycott of the band in some countries, and they were banned from performing in New Zealand and Australia for several years.

There have been several controversies surrounding the English rock band Saxon throughout their career. Here are a few notable ones:

"Denim and Leather" controversy: In 1981, Saxon released their album "Denim and Leather" which paid tribute to their fans and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene. However, the album cover featured a photo of two young boys wearing denim and leather jackets, which some critics and fans felt was inappropriate and exploitative. The band defended the cover, saying it was meant to symbolize the next generation of metal fans.

"Crusader" controversy: In 1984, Saxon released their album "Crusader" which had a title track that was accused of promoting Christian crusades and religious intolerance. The band denied these allegations and said the song was meant to be about standing up for one's beliefs.

Nigel Glockler's firing: In 1987, Saxon fired their drummer Nigel Glockler due to creative differences. This caused a rift in the band and led to several lineup changes over the years.

Graham Oliver's departure: In 1995, Saxon parted ways with guitarist Graham Oliver, who sued the band over trademark infringement for continuing to use the Saxon name without his consent. The lawsuit was settled out of court, and Oliver went on to form his own version of Saxon.

"Solid Ball of Rock" artwork: In 1991, Saxon released their album "Solid Ball of Rock" which featured artwork that was accused of being sexist and objectifying women. The band defended the artwork, saying it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek and not to be taken seriously.

In addition to their controversies, Saxon also faced some internal tensions during the 1980s. One of the most significant of these was the departure of guitarist Graham Oliver in 1995, which was followed by a period of declining commercial success and changes in the band's lineup. However, Saxon remained a popular live act and continued to release new music throughout the 1990s and 2000s.