Unleash the Beast

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Unleash the Beast
Studio album by Saxon
Released 14 October 1997
Recorded Karo Studios, Brackel, Germany, 1997
Genre Heavy metal
Length 53:24
Label CMC International
Producer Kalle Trapp and Saxon
Saxon chronology
A Collection of Metal
(1996)
Unleash the Beast
(1997)
Donnington: The Live Tracks
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Unleash the Beast is Saxon's thirteenth studio album, released in 1997. It is the first studio album to feature Doug Scarratt on guitar.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gothic Dreams"   Byford/Glockler 1:33
2. "Unleash the Beast"   Byford/Scarratt/Carter/Glocker 5:16
3. "Terminal Velocity"   Byford/Quinn/Scarratt/Carter/Glocker 4:43
4. "Circle of Light"   Byford/Scarratt/Carter/Glocker 5:26
5. "The Thin Red Line"   Byford/Scarratt/Carter/Glocker 6:20
6. "Ministry of Fools"   Byford/Scarratt/Carter/Glocker 4:29
7. "The Preacher"   Byford/Quinn/Scarratt/Carter/Glocker 4:55
8. "Bloodletter"   Byford/Quinn/Scarratt/Carter/Glocker 5:31
9. "Cut Out the Disease"   Byford/Quinn/Scarratt/Carter/Glocker 5:23
10. "Absent Friends"   Byford/Quinn/Scarratt/Carter/Glocker 4:54
11. "All Hell Breaking Loose"   Byford/Quinn/Scarratt/Carter 4:31

Personnel[edit]

Lyrical Concept[edit]

  1. "Unleash the Beast" is about a fictional story of stone gargoyles coming alive.
  2. "Circle of Light" follows a man who has an out-of-body experience and watches as surgeons bring him back to life.
  3. "The Thin Red Line" is about the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War.
  4. "Ministry of Fools" possibly concerns the media and authority.
  5. "The Preacher" is about a preacher trying to convert someone to his religion.
  6. "Bloodletter" is about vampires.
  7. "Cut Out the Disease" is about treason between friends.
  8. "Absent Friends" is about the death of very close friend.
  9. "All Hell Breaking Loose" describes the passing of a hurricane.

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Kalle Trapp & Saxon
  • Recorded and mixed at Karo Studios, Brackel, Germany
  • Mixed by Kalle Trap & Biff Byford
  • Album dedicated to John J. J. Jones

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Saxon Unleash the Beast". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-23.