Saturday, June 20, 2020

32 Years of Saxon's Destiny album. (Review by Javier Barba Vallejo)

Today marks 32 years since the release of Destiny, Saxon's eighth studio album, the most beaten in its time by the press and the public.
And today 32 years later as an unconditional fan of Saxon taking advantage of the fact that there are currently social networks and that they have allowed me to do chronicles that awaken the interest of readers, leading me to become part of the staff of Bathory Zine, an important international magazine for promoting bands of any style of Heavy Metal.
I'm going to "stick my chest out" for Destiny (1988) because he deserves it.
Not because I'm from Saxon I'm going to defend everything to the death, when I have to remove negative things I do it, like my personal aversion to asshole Fritz Randow, but not to his work as a great drummer, considering Killing Ground (2001) where he plays, as one of the best albums of the new era of the group. Or in my opinion, the indefensible album Rock The Nations (1986), however much it was recorded by the almost original group. It still seems to me a lie that the same group capable of recording Denim And Leather (1981) for me the best and hardest album in the history of Rock and which determined the path to get into this world of Rock, were able to record five years later something like Rock The Nations, although the story is what it is ......
But today Destiny plays and this is not a negative album at all.
NigelGlockler and Nigel Durham

Destiny to be from Saxon is a very very commercial excess album to try to please and enter the American market, as Leppard or Whitesnake already did successfully. Saxon already started this path with Power And The Glory (1983) after closing with the live The Eagle Has Landed (1982) his time of classic sound partly also due to the producer Pete Hinton who should not be forgotten.
Following Power And The Glory the path of the "Americanization" of the Saxon sound was increased by the change from Carrere's record label to EMI in 1985 and EMI as a multinational wanted great benefits in no time at any price, to see that at that time They also recorded Innocence Is No Excuse (1985), among which I count as the best records in group history, although it was also a record criticized for its sound "Ligth". Saxon's massive success in the United States never came, the change in sound caused more band followers to lose than to gain followers, EMI forced the recording of an eighth album by contract and Nigel Glockler was unhappy with this situation in which The band had no control over their direction and decided to go to the project that Steve Howie from Asia GTR is mounting. Two years before, Steve Dawson, a founding member, had received a great blow from Saxon in his sound and live performance.
And with this scenario Saxon recruits drummer Nigel Durham and Dawson's substitute on tour 86, Paul Johnson enters Destiny compositionally, with Steve Lawess-Cifford on keyboards throughout the album and Stephan Galfas as producer.
They release two promotion singles Ride Like The Wind version of Cristopher Cross and the ballad I Can't Wait Any More, the album has songs of great quality A.O.R. Calm Before The Storm, S.O.S, Ligthning Strikes ...... and a couple faster to finish the album Jericho Siren and Red Alert.
In summary a great album A.O.R. but not a record of "Sonido Saxon", and without part of the band's usual staff but ....... although we did not have the fortune to see this tour in this territory, to say that their songs live as well as the Rock The Nations sounds beastly and both Durham and Johnson injected BRUTAL energy into the band's live shows as I appreciate pirated concert videos of the time.
And they have shown not to be afraid to try and evolve into other sounds like the A.O.R. or the Power and not being pigeonholed and accommodated like many other classic bands that have not risked and recover in their current career without ever ceasing to fight and now having full control over their music and career.

 Review by Javier Barba Vallejo

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