Saxon / New song Remember The Fallen honours the COVID-19 dead

Saxon have released the second single from their new album Carpe Diem, set for release 4 February 2022. Remember The Fallen finds Biff and the boys talking about the memories of those who lost their lives in the biggest news story of the last two years.

“I wanted to write a song about Covid,” Biff Byford told MetalTalk, “about the people that have died, and give my perception of how it seemed to happen. Certain aspects of it all are quite mysterious, and of course, it hasn’t finished yet, has it?

“We should all remember those who have died as a group of people not really knowing why they died because the information wasn’t there.”

The montage video for the song shows the band recording their individual tracks.

Saxon - cover of new album Carpe Diem
Saxon, Carpe Diem. Cover art Paul R Gregory

Biff and former Judas Priest guitarist Andy Sneap produced Carpe Diem, with Sneap also covering mixing and mastering. “Andy’s obviously a very good guitarist,” Biff says, “but he’s not a blues-based guitarist like our guys are. He’s more of a modern style player. And that means the boys [Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt] love working with him because, again, it’s all about the intensity.

“Andy’s always pushing the envelope. He doesn’t let them get away with anything. They have to play it for real, full speed. He gets great sound, and we want that Gibson/Marshall ’80s sound even if they’re not Gibsons and Marshalls.

“We try and retain that British Metal guitar sound that we created for Saxon, and he’s definitely an ’80s child.”

Saxon and Biff are gearing up for a busy 2022. “We’re gonna be quite busy this year,” Biff says. “There are festivals which have been rescheduled from two years ago. We’re looking to go to America. We’re also going to tour UK and Europe later in the year, and like everyone really, we’re just keeping our fingers crossed that everything works out and we can do it all.

“We’re also recording the second Inspirations album, and as we do that, you never know, we might write a few songs for the next Saxon album.”

Carpe Diem can be pre-ordered from smarturl.it/carpe-diem

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