Rock the Nations

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Rock the Nations
Cover art by Paul R. Gregory
Studio album by Saxon
Released 13 October 1986
Recorded Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands, 1986
Genre Heavy metal
Length 40:50
Label EMI
Producer Gary Lyons
Saxon chronology
Innocence Is No Excuse
Rock the Nations
Singles from Rock the Nations
  1. "Waiting for the Night / Chase the Fade"
    Released: August 1986
  2. "Rock the Nations / 747 / And the Bands Played On"
    Released: October 1986
  3. "Northern Lady / Everybody Up (live)"
    Released: January 1987

Rock the Nations is the eighth studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1986 (see 1986 in music).

Album notes[edit]

The album is the first not to feature original bassist Steve Dawson, who had left the band earlier in 1986. For the recording of this album, vocalist Biff Byford recorded all the bass parts in Dawson's place. However, Paul Johnson joined the band as bassist before the album was released and is therefore credited in the liner notes.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 5/10[2]
Kerrang! 3.5/5 stars[3]

Rock The Nations received mixed reviews from critics. Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic gave the album two stars out of five and said in his review for the band's previous album Innocence Is No Excuse that "Saxon's internal chemistry was significantly unbalanced by the subsequent departure of key songwriter [Steve] Dawson -- a loss from which they would take years to fully recover."[4] in his review for this album, he said that although the album was "graced with a somewhat rougher sound more in line with the band's New Wave of British Heavy Metal early years" it was still "arguably less heavy than its predecessor" and also criticised the songs "We Came Here To Rock", "Running Hot" and the title track for being "cliché-ridden" and "Waiting For The Night" and "Northern Lady" for being "unconvincingly sappy ballads", though he did regard "Party 'til You Puke" as being "good for a laugh" and also of interest for the guest appearance of Elton John. However, he concluded that the album is one that "the Saxon faithful would likely rather forget".[1] Canadian journalist Martin Popoff found Rock The Nations "a liitle more full-bodied production-wise and less overtly metallic and by-the-book construction-wise" than Innocence Is No Excuse, "while still suffering for coasting on [Saxon]'s scant laurels".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Biff Byford, Paul Quinn, Graham Oliver and Nigel Glockler, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rock the Nations"   4:40
2. "Battle Cry"   5:26
3. "Waiting for the Night" Byford, Glockler 4:51
4. "We Came Here to Rock"   4:18
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "You Ain't No Angel"   5:28
6. "Running Hot" Byford, Quinn, Oliver, Steve Dawson, Glockler 3:35
7. "Party 'til You Puke"   3:25
8. "Empty Promises"   4:09
9. "Northern Lady"   4:42




  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Saxon Rock the Nations". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  2. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 315. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ Dickson, Dave (2 October 1986). "Saxon 'Rock The Nations'". Kerrang!. 130. United Magazines ltd. p. 21. 
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Saxon Innocence is No Excuse". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-09-27.