Biff Byford, frontman from legendary NWOBHM band SAXON, will guest on WJCU's "Metal On Metal" radio program tonight (Friday, September 30) at 8:00 p.m. EST. Byford will discuss the band's latest album, "Call To Arms", and it current North American tour.
"Metal On Metal" can be heard live at 88.7 FM in the Cleveland, Ohio area or streamed worldwide via the Internet at www.wjcu.org.
"The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal era were my best years of being a heavy metal fan", says "Metal On Metal" show host Bill Peters. "Those were some very exciting years. The underground metal scene was exploding. I collected all of the albums, singles and demos from that time period. SAXON were always one of my favorite bands. I bought their first album as an import in 1979 on the Carrere label and have been a diehard fan ever since.
"The first time I saw SAXON live was on their first U.S. tour supporting the 'Denim And Leather' album back in 1981. They headlined a show at the Cleveland Agora. There were only a hundred or so people in attendance. I remember the band being one of the loudest I had ever heard at the venue. I haven't missed a SAXON Cleveland show since. Their tour is unfortunately bypassing Cleveland this year so I will have to make a road trip to Detroit to see them.
"I've seen SAXON perform at several of the major German heavy metal festivals as well and they always steal the show. They have an arsenal of classic songs we've all heard a hundred times before, but never grow tired of, you just can't deny. When they pull those songs out to close their set, it's game over!"
"Call To Arms", was released in North America on September 27 via UDR Music/EMI.
The digipack version of "Call To Arms" includes a glorious bonus a free seven-track CD, "Live At Donington 1980".
"Call To Arms" was issued in Europe in June. Recorded at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, U.K. and Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton, U.K., the 11-track album was co-produced by singer/songwriter Biff Byford and Toby Jepson (LITTLE ANGELS). Featuring Byford on lead vocals, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitars, Nibs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums, "Call To Arms" is bang on-the-money brilliant SAXON music, a confident embrace of the aura and writing values from their early years married perfectly to a modern SAXON crunch.