Heavy Metal Thunder (Saxon album)

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Heavy Metal Thunder
Saxon - Heavy Metal Thunder.jpg
Cover art by Paul R. Gregory
Greatest hits album by Saxon
Released 23 September 2002
14 February 2015 (2015 re-issue)
Recorded Karo Studios, Brackel, Germany, 2001
San Antonio, Texas, 2002 (live tracks)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 86:16
Label SPV/Steamhammer
UDR (2015 re-issue)
Producer Biff Byford, Saxon
Saxon chronology
Killing Ground
Heavy Metal Thunder
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Heavy Metal Thunder is a greatest hits album by heavy metal band Saxon, released in 2002. The album features eight re-recorded tracks from the limited edition of Killing Ground, as well as five other tracks. These tracks originally appeared on their first six albums, from their self-titled debut to Crusader.

A limited edition bonus disc, featuring five live tracks from a 2002 show in San Antonio, Texas, as well as the music video for Killing Ground recorded during Wacken Open Air 2001.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Heavy Metal Thunder" (from Strong Arm of the Law) 4:13
2. "Strong Arm of the Law" (from Strong Arm of the Law) 4:25
3. "Power and the Glory" (from Power & the Glory) 5:59
4. "And the Bands Played On" (from Denim and Leather) 2:53
5. "Crusader" (from Crusader) 6:40
6. "Dallas 1 PM" (from Strong Arm of the Law) 6:18
7. "Princess of the Night" (from Denim and Leather) 4:11
8. "Wheels of Steel" (from Wheels of Steel) 5:54
9. "747 (Strangers in the Night)" (from Wheels of Steel) 5:02
10. "Motorcycle Man" (from Wheels of Steel) 3:47
11. "Never Surrender" (from Denim and Leather) 3:37
12. "Denim and Leather" (from Denim and Leather) 5:21
13. "Backs to the Wall" (from Saxon) 3:07
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Broken Heroes" (live) 4:10
2. "Dragon's Lair" (live) 6:38
3. "The Eagle Has Landed" (live) 5:52
4. "20,000 Ft." (live) 3:45
5. "Crusader" (live) 4:24
6. "Killing Ground" (Music Video)  
Disc 2 (2015 re-issue)[2]
No. Title Length
1. "Sacrifice"  
2. "Power & the Glory"  
3. "Heavy Metal Thunder"  
4. "Battalions of Steel"  
5. "Motorcycle Man"  
6. "And the Band Played On"  
7. "To Hell and Back Again"  
8. "747 (Strangers in the Night)"  
9. "Crusader"  
10. "Wheels of Steel"  
11. "Princess of the Night" (noted as Prince of the Night on the back side)  
12. "Denim and Leather"  

The album was re-issued on February 14, 2015[2] by UDR. Disc 1 is identical to the original release. All tracks from Disc 2 were recorded live at the Bloodstock Heavy Metal Festival on August 10, 2014.

Lyrical concepts[edit]

  1. "Crusader" is about the warriors of the Crusades.
  2. "Dallas 1 PM" is about the assassination of John Kennedy.
  3. "Princess of the Night" is about the death of the age of steam, written by Byford after watching trains at Denby Dale railway station.
  4. "Wheels of Steel" is about the band's '68 Chevy they used to drive to each show in (see Strong Arm of the Law for another track that involves said car).
  5. "Denim and Leather" is about the evolution of the new wave of British heavy metal; the title a nod to the attire worn by Saxon's fans.
  6. "Never Surrender" is about determination.
  7. "And the Bands Played On" is about the inaugural Monsters of Rock festival.
  8. "Power and the Glory" is about the power and the glory of battle.
  9. "Motorcycle Man" is about a man owning a motorcycle.
  10. "Backs to the Wall" is about loitering.




  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Saxon Heavy Metal Thunder". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Saxon Heavy Metal Thunder (2CD Re-Issue)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2016-09-02.