Call To Arms is the sum of the 30 years Saxon have been riding the proverbial Wheels Of Steel. Amidst the galloping, anthemic Heavy Metal of tracks like Hammer Of The Gods, Chasing The Bullet, and Back In 79, there are the occasional nods to cherished sources, which makes this an album delivered by a band still immensely proud of their influences, despite their own significant contribution to the N.W.O.B.H.M. Most obvious compliment arrives in the form of When Doomsday Comes (a deadringer for Purple's Perfect Strangers) and the twin Lizzy/Maiden-esque guitars of Ballad Of The Working Man and Afterburner, which mixes Lizzy and Motorhead into a juggernaut of breakneck Metallic mayhem. A gloriously uplifting, full-throttle album which confirms Saxon’s top-ranking status amidst the rocking nobility they themselves derive from!
3rd June, 2011