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  • Audio CD (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00516ZWRE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. Hammer of the Gods
2. Back in 79
3. Surviving Against the Odds
4. Mists of Avalon
5. Call To Arms
6. Chasing the Bullet
7. Afterburner
8. When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)
9. No Rest for the Wicked
10. Ballad of the Working Man
11. Call To Arms (Orchestral Version)

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2011 release, the 19th studio album from the veteran British Heavy Metal band. Fronted by the legendary Biff Byford, Saxon has been rocking the world with their own brand of Heavy Metal since they formed in 1976. Call To Arms features a guest appearance from Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey.

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The recording sound quality is poor like MP3 on this CD. The music from Saxon is really good but not their best.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6801690) out of 5 stars A Call to Arms Aug. 7 2011
By Metal Queen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Listening to Call to Arms while having morning coffee and enjoying the cool air of a Colorado morning. I usually don't write reviews in the morning like this but in this case i was really impressed by this new album by Saxon. this is classic metal, heavy, dynamic, diverse, in your face and epic at the same time. The guitar riffs and vocals are perfect. The lead singer has not in anyway "lost" it. In my opinion he is one of the best vocals out there for classic NWOBM which is what he has devoted his life too. I think this is an amazing piece of work for Saxon. Fantastic metal ear candy. Thank you Saxon.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68016e4) out of 5 stars BEST SAXON ALBUM SINCE 2004!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! July 20 2011
By Edward J. mccarthy Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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this is the best saxon album since 2004s lionheart or maybe even 1997s unleash the beast, this album is how biff states it in reviews, very oldschool saxon sounding with a modern crunch, to be honest that modern crunch is really good on this ( think unleash the beast 1997) this album is much better then metalhead, killing ground or into the lybrynth, those 3 sounded to modern with to many long intros, where lionheart (04) and inner sanctum (07) where very british sounding like saxon where in the early to mid 80s back in the old days, now in 2011 we get CALL TO ARMS this is a fantastic mix of lionheart, inner sanctum , denim and leather, strong arm of the law and power and the glory all rolled into one, i dont think saxon could make a better album then this in 2011 and i doubt they can top this release at this stage of there carrere songs like the title track are awsome as well as songs like afterburner, bullet, balled of the working man, mists of avalon and the awsome hammer of the gods ( the albums opener) then comes the major denim and leather rip off 30 years later BACK IN 79 great typical sing along live saxon song i can see this will be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this will go down in history as one of saxons better albums whenever saxon pack it in wich does not seem like it will be anytime soon, what a great heavy metal record from one of the best metal bands to ever come out of the uk and in my opinion was the best or one of the best of the nwobhm, its to bad saxon never saw the us success that iron maiden and def leppard got but i think it made them stronger and better then those two are today ( maiden stayed true to there 80s roots i must admit) saxon still write great songs, still put on killer live shows and really with the exception of a few line up changes and age and years getting in the way nothing has changed with saxon since i first got into them in 1981, i know in the mid to late 80s they tried to jump on the hair metal bandwagon and when that did not work, in 1991 saxon came roaring back with the now classic solid ball of rock and then gave us the awsome forever free in 92 and the killer dogs of war in 95 ( exit graham oliver enter doug scarret) point is for the most part saxon have stayed loyal to there fans and they are still as dedicated to there studio and live shows as well as touring and there VERY FAN FRIENDLY ways when you meet them, they will be here in new york again ( as of now) this october, i cant wait to hear these songs live and also do the whole denim and leather album live as well, if you liked the heavier classic stuff saxon did in years past YOU WILL LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! p.s don airey apears on keyboards on 2 tracks.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68019c0) out of 5 stars A metal blast Jan. 25 2012
By wizey - Published on Amazon.com
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There is absolutely no doubt that Saxon are making a statement with their latest album Call To Arms. The cover lets everyone know that without doubt this is a departure from their previous few albums. Gone are the gothic images, instead replaced with a no frills Lord Kitchener pointing the finger at all of us metal heads, emphatically calling us to arms, to join with Saxon and fly the metal flag high over all we conquer! (There's even a tip of the hat to the past with the "Militia Guard" cap badge.) Gone too is the gothic intro we've become accustomed to with recent Saxon releases as instead they launch straight into the metal with a no frills guitar riffing Saxon assault in Hammer Of The Gods to open the album in full force. Then it's what Biff describes as a "Denim And Leather type song" with Back In '79 and it is. A slower paced metal anthem with pounding drums, a big riff, crowd chanting chorus and a lyrical joining of fans and band as Biff takes us back to when it all began and we were all there together (if not physically then in spirit).
If by now anyone hasn't realized that this album is aimed squarely at fans of the bands early years, then they probably won't get into this album that much at all. But for anyone who like me is a huge fan of the NWOBHM era Saxon then this album is a welcome return to all that we loved about this band in the first place. Yet at the same time they have cleverly kept enough of a modern tinge to the music so that recent fans might indeed find some appeal and could in fact be drawn back to their first four or five albums.

The albums highlights are undoubtedly Mists Of Avalon with it's wonderful melodic chorus and the title track which is another great Saxon war song, but one which conveys the emotion of loss and longing rather than guts, glory and/or horror. But I think what makes this album a bit better than the last few is not only a return to a less heavy, more melodic and straight forward sound, but also the quality and consistency of what could be described as the "second tier" songs. The recent albums Into The Labyrinth, The Inner Sanctum and Lionheart each contained many moments of absolute Saxon bliss but were let down a little bit (just a little... these guys are always very reliable) by some filler. But with Call To Arms that isn't the case at all. Surviving Against The Odds and Chasing The Bullet are great Straight ahead Saxon rockers to please any fan, and Afterburner is Fire In The Sky or 20,000 Feet for the new millennium.
Then modern era Saxon shines through with When Doomsday Comes and another favorite No Rest For The Wicked which sounds quite "Metalhead-esque". Ballad Of The Working Man is probably the weakest track in my opinion but it still isn't too bad and sounds very reminiscent of something from Wheels Of Steel or Denim And Leather. The album closer is the orchestral version of the title track, but personally I prefer the normal version which I think works better for the more straight forward sound they were going for with this album.

And then at 43 minutes it's over. Again I think a deliberate move by the band to make an album like they used to be made, before everyone expected a 70 minute CD to be filled. No padding the album out, no fluff, just straight into the metal and there you have it.
Over all a very well-conceived and well executed album that should please the fans, with Saxon showing why they have been around for over 30 years, and why they deserve to be recognized up there with the great bands that are their contemporaries in Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68018b8) out of 5 stars Saxon marches triumphantly forward Dec 10 2011
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Call to Arms is the nineteenth studio album from British heavy metal icons Saxon. If you've been keeping up with Saxon in recent years (and really, you ought to if you're a heavy metal fan), you'll know that the long-running band has been going strong with a series of albums that are almost as good as they were in their NWOBHM heyday. For more than a decade, Saxon has been cranking out one knockout, high-octane heavy metal album after another, and Call to Arms is no exception.

Call to Arms opens with a full-on rock anthem in "Hammer of the Gods," and never really lets up from there. The album is loaded with fist-pumping, head-banging metal songs like "Back in '79," "Chasing the Bullet" and "Afterburner," and when the pace does slow down, it's not for some sappy ballad but rather a powerful epic like the war-themed title track. The album is packed with great melodies, driving rhythms, fantastic vocals (anyone saying Biff Byford has lost his voice needs to have their ears checked) and that incredible Saxon energy that we've seen all these years. With just 11 songs (and one an orchestral version of the title track), Call to Arms is a shorter album, but it's also an album without any filler.

How many bands that emerged in the original NWOBHM scene are still going strong all these years later? Better yet, how many are consistently releasing albums that rival their classic 80's material? Arguably, Saxon is the only one. Call to Arms is another rock-solid album from one of the most consistent (and consistently awesome) bands in heavy metal. It's sure to please Saxon fans, and ought to satisfy just about anyone into well-crafted, hard-hitting melodic heavy metal.

Edition Notes - The US release of Call to Arms comes in a digipack that includes a bonus disc. The second disc is a 7-song live performance - fully remastered - from Donnington in 1980. It's a nice addition to an already impressive album, and more than makes up for the delay in getting Call to Arms to American shores.

PS - I was fortunate enough to finally see Saxon live on their recent US tour, and it was one of the best performances I've ever witnessed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6801f00) out of 5 stars SAXONS CALL TO ARMS Oct. 28 2011
By E. D. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Saxons new cd Call to Arms harkens back to the good ole days of NWOBHM with the original formula for success. This is just some good heavy metal and Biff still has it in the vocal department. My hats off to him , same to Mark of Krokus both of these guys just get better and better with age like fine wine. I enjoy the other reviews on here. They hit it dead on and I cant add anything more to whats been said except if you havent heard Saxon in a while you definitely need to check out Call to Arms.
This cd has some great riffs, amazing solos, and pure power. The song Chasing The Bullet is allmost worth the price alone wow!

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