Catchy commercial SAXON
Ron Mansfield | East Stroudsburg, PA United States | 08/15/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Heres yet another new SAXON re-release on French based Axe Killer records,this time "Destiny",the bands ninth studio effort and most commercial material ever recorded by this long running NWOBHM act.This cd has a good mix and a few bonus tracks not found on the EMI release of Destiny."Live Fast,Die Young" is a curious choice for a bonus song as it wasn't recorded during the "Destiny" recording session rather during 1985's "Innocence Is No Excuse". I think it would have been a better idea to put it on the Axe Killer release of "Innocence" since it was from that era but anyway its a good SAXON tune which deserves to be on cd regardless of which one.As to the ten tracks on "Destiny" itself its 80's melodic pop metal with catchy hooks, keyboards and big choruses.Check out "I Can't Wait Anymore","Song For Emma" and "We Are Strong" for an example.Clearly these SAXON tunes were aimed for American radio but hardly dented Americas charts while slowly corriding the old fan base here and abroad.SAXON finally gave up trying to write top 40 rock and have avoided commercial releases since then.They returnend to there metal roots on there 1990 follow up "Solid Ball Of Rock" and there other releases during the 1990s and beyond,reviving there popularity and fan base."