Oliver Dawson Saxon - 'Blood And Thunder Live' (Angel Air)
Written by Matt Phelps
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 03:00
As founding members of Saxon both Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson helped shape the metal world we love with albums like 'Wheels Of Steel', 'Strong Arm Of The Law' and 'Crusader'.
And although they've been out of the Saxon spotlight for more years than I care to remember the pair left a lasting legacy of big riffs and thundering basslines embedded in the history books of rock.
For 'Blood And Thunder Live' the duo plunder those denim and leather-bound history books with their own Saxon spin-off group Oliver Dawson Saxon and blast their way through some of the old classics we all know and love while mixing in a few others here and there from the 'Victim You' album they released as Son Of A Bitch in '96 and the ODS 'MOTORBIKER' album which came out in 2012.
'Past The Point' from that Son Of A Bitch album gets the set off to a rip roaring start. It's a track bursting with glorious guitar parts that gets those fretboard fires raging early on. Following fast is the upbeat Saxon classic 'Everybody Up', Oliver and his fellow ODS six stringer Haydn Conway really waste no time getting killer riffs out to the die hard headbangers in the crowd. Brian Shaughnessy up front hammers through the tunes with a