2016 two CD collection. Saxon are one of the leaders of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and are established as one of Europe's biggest metal acts, influencing the likes of Metallica, Mötley Crüe and Megadeth. With Biff Byford at the helm, this compilation sees the South Yorkshire heavyweights return to form. This collection of all the biggest hits from 1991-2009, Biff describes as "the point in our career when we started to take control of our production and writing."
After being shamefully dropped by EMI following a number of commercial and critical stiffs to close out the 1980s – a decade that ironically had started so gloriously for them – Saxon began their long climb back to respectability with their tenth studio album, 1990's tellingly named Solid Ball of Rock…
An excellent hard bop pianist, Harold Mabern has remained a highly regarded performer since emerging from the Memphis, Tennessee jazz and R&B scene of the 1950s. Much like fellow Memphis area pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr., Mabern developed a commanding style that combined harmonic and modal sophistication with an impressive technical virtuosity. He is described in The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings as "one of the great post-bop pianists".
Walking on the border between traditional heavy metal and heavier atmospheres closer to doom metal, ARGUS' From Fields Of Fire is a refined and impressive album. With a tremendous amount of twin-guitar riffs and solos matching an introspective, gloomy and apocalyptic overall atmosphere, ARGUS confirms to be the best of their generation of American Heavy Metal!