Press Release: New Saxon single, ‘Live To Rock’, and new album, Into The Labyrinth, announced with tracklisting, release dates and tour schedule

From Saxon:

All Saxon fans have a lot of things to look forward to in the coming months: to start off with, the British metal legend will release their new download single ‘Live To Rock’, followed by the arrival at the stores of their current studio album INTO THE LABYRINTH, as well as major tours to support both releases. So a hot autumn is about to start in a few days’ time!

Saxon’s new single ‘Live To Rock’ (pictured) will be available as an internet download from October 17th, 2008, and Saxon will present their new track live for the first time during the tour which will take Biff Byford & Co., alongside MOTÖRHEAD and DANKO JONES through England and Germany in November/December 2008. Their new studio album, Into The Labyrinth, will be out on January 12th, 2009 (Germany: January 9th, US: January 13th). February 2009 will see the band embark on another major world tour, only one month after the album release.

Into The Labyrinth was recorded at the Twilight Hall in Krefeld, Germany, under the direction of Charlie Bauerfeind. Saxon recorded 13 new songs at Blind Guardian’s studio, starting with their monumental opener, ‘Battalions Of Steel’, through ‘Demon Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Valley Of The Kings’, which both cover historic events, to the final slide guitar blues track, ‘Coming Home’ (fans are already familiar with the electric version of this track from Saxon’s Killing Ground album). Saxon are currently still working on an additional 14th track, which will be available exclusively as a download on iTunes from the release date. “The new material was written in England and at my house in France,” Byford explains. “Stylistically, I would describe the album as an even balance between Lionheart and The Inner Sanctum, a mix of powerful, in-your-face rock songs and pure heavy metal tracks. We’re very happy with the production and proud of Into The Labyrinth.”

Tracks: ‘Battalions Of Steel’, ‘Live To Rock’, ‘Demon Sweeney Todd’, ‘The Letter’, ‘Valley Of The Kings’, ‘Slow Lane Blues’, ‘Crime Of Passion’, ‘Premonition in D Minor’, ‘Voice’, ‘Protect Yourselves’, ‘Hellcat’, ‘Come Rock Of Ages (The Circle Is Complete)’, ‘Coming Home’ (Bottleneck Version).

Saxon’s tour schedule is currently as follows:

October
4 – Bilbao, Spain at tba
5 – Zaragoza, Spain at tba

November
1 – Holmfirth, UK – The Picturedrome
3 – Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall *
4 – Ipswich, UK – Ipswich Regent *
6 – Brighton, UK – Brighton Dome *
7 – Newcastle, UK – Academy *
8 – Sheffield, UK – Academy *
10 – Glasgow, UK – Academy *
11 – Leicester, UK – De Montfort Hall *
12 – Southhampton, UK – Guildhall *
14 – Manchester, UK – Apollo *
15 – Cardiff, UK – University *
17 – Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange *
18 – Bristol, UK – Colston Hall *
19 – Exeter, UK – University *
21 – Norwich, UK – UEA *
22 – London, UK – Hammersmith Apollo *
28 – Düsseldorf, Germany – Philipshalle *
30 – Bremen, Germany – Pier 2 *

December
2 – Offenbach, Germany – Stadthalle *
3 – Bamberg, Germany – Jako Arena *
5 – Dresden, Germany – Messehalle *
6 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle *
7 – Munich, Germany – Zenith *

* with MOTÖRHEAD and DANKO JONES