SAXON's BIFF BYFORD On Upcoming Album 'Battering Ram': 'It's A Bit More Focused'

August 23, 2015

Sally Steele of Vegas Rocks! Magazine conducted an interview with vocalist Biff Byford of British heavy metal legends SAXON on August 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On SAXON's upcoming album, "Battering Ram":

Biff: "It's a bit more metal, actually. Yeah, but there are some really melodic bits in there, like classic SAXON. But, I think, the riffs are very heavy — like 'Princess Of The Night' or 'Heavy Metal Thunder', really; they're heavy as well. So I think it's a bit more focused, this album. It's less of a mixture between hard rock and metal, if you know what I mean. It's more focused, and we like it."

On whether he would do anything differently in his career if he had to do it all over again:

Biff: "Do different? Yeah, I would have probably not signed as many stupid contracts. But that's about it, really."

On the most rewarding part of his career in the past forty years:

Biff: "I think when you're in a band and you're professional and touring the world, I think it's all pretty cool, really. There's some down times and up times, but, generally, if the band are all friends, then it's pretty cool. You know what I mean? Obviously, the '80s were really crazy times for us — we had big hits in the '80s. And the '90s were pretty good. We survived through the NIRVANA/PEARL JAM period, which was, basically… I think that was the lowest period of metal music. I think SAXON, [JUDAS] PRIEST [and IRON] MAIDEN were all a little bit forgotten during that grunge period. But, you know, we came through, we survived, and it was great."

"Battering Ram" will be released in North America on October 16 via UDR Music.

"Battering Ram" is available for pre-order now via iTunes, with "Battering Ram" as the instant grat track.


Find more on Saxon
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).