Saxon lead singer Biff Byford recently joined an interview with Photo Concerto and reflected his thoughts on previous Saxon albums. Byford revealed that Pantera and Metallica influenced their 1999 album named ‘Metalhead.’
Formed in 1977, Saxon gained recognition in the metal world, especially during the 1980s. They became one of the most successful metal bands in Europe and have inspired numerous famous bands like Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, and Exodus. The band has been quite productive and has released twenty-two studio albums so far.
Saxon is getting ready to release their twenty-third studio album named ‘Carpe Diem’ on February 4, 2022, which they started writing and recording during the COVID period. As the band has many albums, the interviewer asked Biff Byford which one he considers the most underrated Saxon album.
Byford responded that there aren’t many, but he still named the album ‘Metalhead,’ released in 1999. He stated that he really likes this album because it was their first darker album. They entered a new field with this record, and it was heavily influenced by the younger metal bands like Metallica and Pantera. Byford thinks that these bands created a new sound, which also affected their music.
Biff Byford speaking on Saxon albums:
“There aren’t many that are underrated. I really like ‘Metalhead.‘ I think ‘Metalhead’ was our sort of first darker album we made. It’s got all the black notes in it as they say so I think if there was an album that some of the newer bands like when I say newer bands like Metallica and some of their sort of more not death metal but more hardcore.
I think that is the album that we did, that was very influenced by Pantera and Metallica. Although it is very melodic, it also has dark sounds, and we loved making it because it was a new area for us.”
You can listen to the full interview below.