The history of this group from South Yorkshire began in 1976 when the vocalist Peter "Biff" Byford, guitarists Graham "Oli" Oliver and Paul "Blyut" Quinn, bassist Steve "Dobby" Dawson and drummer Pete "Frank" Gill worked under the name “Son Of A Bitch “. After a couple of years, musicians got tired of being “children of a bitch” and they changed the name of their team into a more noble - "Saxon". In an attempt to attract the attention of the recording studio, the team wrote down a demo. However, the labels were interested mainly in a new wave bands, and only in a few months, “Saxons” could be attached to the French company Carrere Records.
In 1979, the debut disc “Saxon” appeared. The work itself did not cause a violent reaction, but with the subsequent tour, the group got access to a wide audience. The collectieve made a solid breakthrough in 1980, when it left the disc “Wheels Of Steel”. The composition of the same name, as well as the song “747 (Strangers In The Night)” appeared in the UK Top 20 and the album entered the top five. Securing success with the help of “Strong Arm of the Law”, “Saxons” went on a world tour.
Next studio album “Denim and Leather”, dedicated to the favorite style of their clothing, further increased the popularity of the team, and the title track from this album became a real anthem of a metal movement of the early '80s.
Live Albums and Other Works
In 1989, they issue a live disc “Rock'N'Roll Gypsies”, and the following year, the group celebrated its 10th anniversary with the edition of another live recorded on the basis of the anniversary tour “10 Years of Denim and Leather”. In the future, the team returned to its British-metal roots, releasing a number of decent works: “Solid Ball of Rock”, “Forever Free”, “Dogs of War”. In 2001, “Saxon” slightly retreated from the long-established rules to perform only their own material and included in the album “Killing Ground” the cover “Court Of The Crimson King”. The following year, the band released a collection of the best things in “Heavy Metal Thunder”, and a new studio material appeared a couple of years later. The latest release of the band was the disc “Battering Ram” in 2015.