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 CBH/Virgin, CMC International
Producer Kalle Trapp and Saxon
Saxon chronology
A Collection of Metal
(1996)A Collection of Metal1996
Unleash the Beast
Donnington: The Live Tracks
(1997)Donnington: The Live Tracks1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10[2]

Unleash the Beast is Saxon's thirteenth studio album, released in 1997. It is the first studio album to feature Doug Scarratt on guitar, and the first without Graham Oliver.The first studio album to feature the band's current lineup.

Track listing[edit]

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


  • Kalle Trapp - producer, mixing
  • Saxon - producer
  • Karo Studios, Brackel, Germany - recording and mixing location
  • Biff Byford - mixing

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 a very close friend. John 'JJ' Jones
  9. "All Hell Breaking Loose" describes the passing of a hurricane.


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Saxon Unleash the Beast". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 385. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.