With the legendary Saxon about to release their brand new album Thunderbolt Dave Griffiths sat down with Biff from the band to chat about the album and how Saxon have remained so strong for all these years.
Saxon have released the third single and videofrom their new mighty Thunderbolt album.
“This is album 22 and it’s called Thunderbolt. It’s a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with Producer, Andy Sneap and it’s finished ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” says Biff Byford
Since the 1970s Saxon have shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave. With over twenty studio albums under their belt, SAXON has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career.
Thunderbolt Track Listing 1. Olympus Rising 2. Thunderbolt 3. The Secret of Flight 4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz) 5. They Played Rock and Roll 6. Predator 7. Sons of Odin 8. Sniper 9. A Wizard’s Tale 10. Speed Merchants 11. Roadie’s Song 12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)* *not available on vinyl
April 21, known globally in recent years as Record Store Day, will this year feature some very awesome collectors editions of some of the finest heavy music acts ever. German label Silver Lining Music will release four very special editions on RSD.
The legendary Motörhead will be issuing a 7” picture disc of their runaway hit cover version of David Bowie’s “Heroes”, with the art featuring a new “sketch” take on the classic war-pig. The flip-side features “Heroes (the Wacken Family Choir Mix)” with previously unheard audio of the crowd at 2017’s Wacken Festival singing along to the single as it was being officially launched via the festival PA, an emotional moment of celebration and tribute. “It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming from it out of us,” said guitarist Phil Campbell, whilst drummer Mikkey Dee added, “Lemmy was very, very proud of it, not only because it turned out so well, but because it was fun!”
Motörhead remain one of the true premier giants of rock’n’roll, continuing to be celebrated by fans worldwide despite the tragic passing of leader/founding member Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister in December 2015. Their last studio album, Bad Magic, reached the top 20 album charts in 17 countries worldwide, including a #1 spot in Germany. Their latest album, Under Cöver, was a top 20 album in both Germany and the UK.
Swedish rock icons Europewill be releasing a limited edition collectible 12 inch picture disc of their current album Walk The Earth. The album recently won Best Album at the Swedish Grammy’s! Featuring the cover art by famed Los Angeles artist Mike Sportes of Filth Mart. The Picture Disc will be housed in a clear PVC sleeve with product sticker.
Europe are touring Australia in May!
Wednesday, May 16: Concert Hall, Perth
Friday, May 18: Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Saturday, May 19: Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tuesday, May 22: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday, May 23: The Tivoli, Brisbane
The Mighty Saxon will celebrate Thunderbolt’s rabid reception (which recently achieved their highest-ever German chart entry of #5 and their highest Top 30 UK chart entry since 1984) with a 12” picture disc featuring the cover art done by longtime collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory. This will be housed in a clear PVC sleeve with product sticker.
Death metal founding fathersMorbid Angel will be issuing a 12” picture disc edition of their latest, rabidly-received death metal classic album Kingdoms Disdained. The disc – featuring the original cover art created by mixed-media artist Ken Coleman – will be housed in a clear PVC sleeve with product sticker.
Dave Griffiths has worked as a journalist for over twenty years now -covering topics including film, television, music, travel and sport (with a main focus on AFL Football).
That time has seen him host the popular X-Wired television program for seven seasons as well as write for various magazines such as Buzz Magazine, Heavy Mag, Stage Whispers, The Banner and Eternity..
He has even branched out into writing online for Subculture Entertainment, Media Search and The Book The Film The T-Shirt. He also worked as the online editor for Entertainment 360 for three years.
Dave’s radio work has seen him work on various radio stations including 3RPP, Triple R and Light FM. He is currently the resident film reviewer on Talking Lifestyle (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane) and can be heard reviewing what is new at cinemas and on DVD each week on Thursdays at 3pm with Ed Phillips. He is also the co-host of Melbourne’s 94.1FM’s breakfast show ‘The Motley Crew’ and he can sometimes be heard on J-Air’s ‘First On Film’. David is also the co-host of two popular podcasts – ‘The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Film Show,’ and ‘The Popcorn Conspiracy’
As far as Film Reviewing goes David is an elected committee member of AFCA (Australian Film Critics Association and a member of IPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics)/FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique).
He has also served as a jury member for a number of international film festivals and is considered an expert on cult cinema, horror movies and Australian films.
Dave is also a keen screenwriter and is currently working on a new comic book series.
Currently David Griffiths has 38 Film Reviews on Subculture Entertainment