Saxon and Queen V

For this latest edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki tells about some exciting new rock album releases including classic metal legends Saxon's latest studio album Sacrifice and Queen V's The Decade of Queen V.



The Medieval-sounding instrumental "Procession" opens the record, appropriately enough leading into "Sacrifice," a chilling rocker that is about exactly what you would think.

"Guardians of the Tomb" also has ritual and mysticism as its theme but the boys turn to more earthly subjects for "Made in Belfast," an ode to Irish shipbuilders that, while as heavy as the steel being sung about, also has a neat bit of Celtic guitar inserted into the melody.

Touring is something this long-running Brit band knows all about and they celebrate their longevity on "Warriors of the Road," a speedy number that sounds like a mash-up of Motorhead and Judas Priest.

"Wheels of Terror" takes life on the road to another dimension all together and it's a good thing the words are metaphorical; lyrics equate the group to a band of ruthless marauders who will leave your town and every other in ruins.

Then again, musically Saxon has been doing just that for a long time and with Sacrifice they show no signs of slowing down. An included bonus disc features re-recorded or acoustic versions of five tunes including favorites "Just Let Me Rock" and "Frozen Rainbow."

Queen V
The Decade of Queen V

Royal Noise

Queen V has been rocking Manhattan for a good ten years but as this album's title insinuates, it's time for Queen V to rule over the rest of the country as well. And The Decade of Queen V is just the royal edict needed to reach that goal; V even addresses the situation directly with the words "Can you hear me America?" in radio-ready castle-stormer "America."

Not unlike the best Heart albums, The Decade of Queen V alternates hard rocking numbers with sensitive numbers, but even the quieter songs like "Good Enough" have a heavy element to them.

Fans of female rockers like Pat Benatar, Heart and Lita Ford will quickly submit to being a loyal subject of Queen V.

Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

tell a friend about this review




News Reports
Day in Rock:
Slash Working On A New Album To Be Released This Fall- Red Hot Chili Peppers Stars Do Surprise Jam With Pearl Jam- Jack White Streams New Song 'Ice Station Zebra'- more

Angus Young Writing New AC/DC Album To Feature Axl Rose?- Glenn Tipton Returns To Judas Priest For Encore Performance- Springsteen Adds Over 80 Shows To Broadway Run- more

Paul Stanley Explains KISS Farewell Tour Move- Led Zeppelin Stream Classic Live Song Performance- Iron Maiden Plan Surprises For Fans On Legacy Tour- Sir Ringo- more

Day in Pop:
Sia And David Guetta Release New Song 'Flames'- Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood Lead CMA Fest- Jeezy Announces Next Album Will Be His Last- more

SZA Says Her Next Album Will Be Her Last- Beyonce and Jay-Z Reportedly Working On Joint Project- Lollapalooza Lead By Bruno Mars, The Weekend, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys- more

Trey Songz Arrested For Alleged Felony Domestic Violence- Keith Urban Releasing New Song 'Coming Home' Feat. Julia Michaels- Drake Raps On N.E.R.D.' Remix- more


Root 66: John McCutcheon- Caroline Cotter- Raven and Red

Johnny Chops & the Razors - (Self-titled)

Savannah Stopover Music Festival

Midnight Crisis - Heart Beatings

Passport: St. Patrick's Day Edition

Travel News, Trips and Tips: St. Patrick's Day Special Edition

Road Trip: St. Patrick's Day Edition - 8 Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland

Root 66: John McCutcheon- Caroline Cotter- Raven and Red

The Blues: Savoy Brown-Albert Castiglia- Peter Parcek

The Best Films of 2017: A Different Point of View

Road Trip: Las Vegas- The Mob Museum

Downes Braide Association - Skyscraper Souls

Root 66: Patrick Coman - Tree of Life

Afrika Mamas - Iphupho

Dinola - Up High

Hot In The City: Pistoleros - Silver

The Blues: Ladies Play the Blues

RockPile: Vexes, Jay Katana and Perfect Defect

Billion Dollar Babies - First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977

TBT: Phil Vassar The New Piano Man

Dolly Spartans - Time Sides With No One

Saxon - Thunderbolt

Joe Perry - Sweetzerland Manifesto more

Rock News Stories
Slash Working On A New Album To Be Released This Fall

Red Hot Chili Peppers Stars Do Surprise Jam With Pearl Jam

Jack White Streams New Song 'Ice Station Zebra'

Billy Corgan Opens Up About Smashing Pumpkins Reunion

Cheap Trick Frontman Robin Zander To Make Broadway Debut

Pink Floyd Announce Latest Vinyl Reissue

Thirty Seconds To Mars Reveal New Album 'America' Details

Panic! At The Disco Bring 'Say Amen (Saturday Night)' to 'Fallon'

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Releases 'Out On A Limb' Doc Trailer

Serj Tankian Helps Prophets of Rage Tribute Chris Cornell

Singled Out: Divided Minds


B-Side Stories
Sia And David Guetta Release New Song 'Flames'

Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood Lead CMA Fest

Jeezy Announces Next Album Will Be His Last

Kacey Musgraves Mixes Disco And Country With 'High Horse'

Harry Styles Serenades Fan With Taylor Swift's '22'

Shawn Mendes Releases New Single 'In My Blood'

Cardi B Reveals That She Has Ended Her Twitter Hiatus

Taylor Swift Surprises Amber Rose And Wiz Khalifa's Son

Carrie Underwood's Husband Shares Father-Son Fishing Moment

Liam Payne Celebrates Son's 1st Birthday On Social Media

Pink Tweets Message of Support to Fans Fighting Cancer

Future's New Music Featured In 'Superfly' Reboot Trailer

Halsey Speaks About Struggle With Endometriosis

Queen Latifah's Mother Rita Passes Away


Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.