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18th September 2013


The British Heavy Metal legends produce a series of alternative takes on classic favourites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal.

There is always feral beauty in a raging beast... and with 'Unplugged And Strung Up', Saxon's selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw Heavy Metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.

'Unplugged And Strung Up' reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic Saxon songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes.

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Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK earlier this year, Biff and co re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of 'The Eagle Has Landed' and 'Crusader' by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension.

'Frozen Rainbow' from the band's 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst 'Red Star Falling' soars and sweeps the emotions with it's orchestrally-arranged dovetail.

As if this reinvention wasn't enough, Saxon superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which will include 2002s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-Metal re-recorded hits 'Heavy Metal Thunder'. Featuring staple Saxon stormers such as 'Motorcycle Man', 'Strong Arm Of The Law' and 'Dallas 1pm' it is a quintessential part of any collection.

The full-track listing for 'Unplugged And Strung Up' is as follows:

Stallions of the highway (Remix)
Crusader (Orchestral version)
Battle Cry
The Eagle Has Landed (orchestral version)
Red Star Falling (orchestral version)
Broken heroes (orchestral version)
Call To Arms (orchestral version)
Militia Guard
Forever Free (Re-recorded version)
Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)
Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)
Iron wheels (live acoustic version)
Requiem (Acoustic version)
Coming home (acoustic version)

The full track-listing for 'Heavy Metal Thunder' is as follows:

Heavy Metal Thunder
Strong Arm of the Law
Power & The Glory
And the Bands Played On
Dallas 1PM
Princess of the Night
Wheels of Steel
747 (Strangers in the night)
Motorcycle Man
Never Surrender
Denim & Leather
Backs to the Wall

The standard single CD of 'Unplugged And Strung Up' will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc 'Heavy Metal Thunder', and there will be a digital release of the same.

25.10.2013 SE Baltic Sea The Rock Classic Cruise*
07.11.2013 CH Zurich Club Hallenstadion
09.11.2013 FR Paris Zenith
10.11.2013 LU Luxembourg Rockhal*
11.11.2013 BE Deinze Brielpoort
13.11.2013 UK Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
14.11.2013 UK Newcastle City Hall
15.11.2013 DE Ferienpark Weißenhäuser Strand Metal Hammer Paradise*
16.11.2013 UK London O2 Academy Brixton
18.11.2013 UK Northampton Roadmenders*
19.11.2013 UK Wolverhampton Civic Hall
20.11.2013 UK Manchester O2 Apollo
22.11.2013 UK Glasgow 02 Academy
23.11.2013 UK Preston 53 Degrees*
24.11.2013 UK Buckley Tivoli*
26.11.2013 DE Berlin Velodrom
27.11.2013 DE Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
29.11.2013 DE Stuttgart Schleyerhalle
30.11.2013 DE Munich Zenith
02.12.2013 DE Düsseldorf MEH
03.12.2013 DE Hamburg Sporthalle
04.12.2013 NL Leeuwarden Romein*
06.12.2013 DK Horsens Forum
07.12.2013 SE Malmo KB*
08.12.2013 NO Oslo Centrum Scene
10.12.2013 FI Helsinki Hartwell Arena
12.12.2013 SE Linkoping Cloetta Center

*solo Saxon dates. All other together with Motörhead



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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