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Originally only available to fan club members, Saxon's documentary film 'Heavy Metal Thunder' is finally given a worldwide release in extended format with loads of extra goodies to keep the dandruff flying for a very long evening indoors indeed.

The documentary movie is a riveting watch for Saxon fans of all ages. Narrated by Toby Jepson, all members of Saxon past and present tell the story of the band from their early beginnings as Son Of A Bitch playing the Northern working men's clubs, travelling around the country in a transit van with a mattress laid over the top of the gear in order to get a night's rest.

Only drummer Pete Gill is absent but it's good to see that both Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, who've had a much publicised fall out with Saxon, get to tell their equal share and input into the early stages of the career of Saxon which saw these rise like an eagle supporting Motorhead on the Bomber Tour in '79 and gaining regular appearances on Top Of The Pops dominating the UK in both the single and album charts.

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No stone is left unturned as the sackings of Oliver and Dawson are explained squarely and fairly, although the two both share an equal passion to Saxon to this very day.

Even the days when Saxon tried to Americanize their career, changing their image to a style best left to the likes of Motley Crue and Ratt is discussed in detail, bringing their career right up to date with the current line up and becoming the kings of Wacken.

With anecdotes from Lemmy, Fast Eddie Clarke, Doro Pesch, Lars Ulrich et all the documentary is a must watch. The bonus disc is a whopper with a live in concert TV special of Saxon live on the Beat Club in Germany from 1981, interviews with the band from the 'Crusader' period and the entire show from the Shepherds Bush Empire in 2008.

A perfect night in for these chilly evenings. Just wrap yourself up in some denim 'n leather, crack open the tinnies and rock.

There's more Biff action on here than an entire re-run of Batman.

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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