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SAXON & Heavy Metal

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Heavy metal(often referred to simply as metal) developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the Midlands of the United Kingdom and the United States. It was during the start of the seventies era when Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson toured the pubs and clubs in the North of England as Son Of A Bitch (SOB). Early heavy music like the SOB influence cultured its roots in blues rock and sixties psychedelic rock influences.

The style of the raw rock genre soon progressed into the new heavy metal and developed a thick, massive over-driven sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The theme introduced into Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles were focused generally on masculine attitude and atire and machismo.

The first heavy metal style bands included Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Saxon and Deep Purplewho all attracted large festivalsized audiences. They were often critically reviled with much negative publicity, a status common throughout the history of the Heavy Metal genre. In the mid-1970s Judas Priest helped spur the 'Metal evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motörhead introduced a punk rocksensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed, and in their own style, SonOfaBitch were climbing the ranks around the North of England gaining a sizeable notoriety from fans and Record companies both on home ground and abroad.

It was innevitible then, that during the latter part of 1970, SOB were snatched up and signed to French record label Carrere Records, and with their first tour of America in the can, the band were persuaded by their highly influential USA distributors to change their name to SAXONin the so called interest of Public Acceptability.

Bands in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal such as Iron Maiden and Saxonfollowed in a similar vein. Before the end of the



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SonOfaBitch To SAXON

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SonOfaBitch To SAXON - [Heavy Metal Music]

One of the main founding Saxonmember's Graham Oliver has never given in regardless of the media pounding he suffered as a consequence of his battles with Saxon front man Biff Byford. He played with the heavy metal band Saxonfrom 1977 to 1994. After leaving the band he initially reformed his old band Son of a Bitch with former Saxon bassist Steve Dawson and drummer Pete Gill. Son of a Bitch released the largely threatening badgered, album Victim You with Thunderheadsinger, Ted Bullet.

Bullet left the band, and Gill disappeared after the release of the album. They were replaced by vocalist John Ward and another former member of Saxon, Nigel Durham on drums. After hectic court battles over the band name SAXON, resulting in an order allowing them to use the name in future recordings, Oliver and Dawson regrouped again as Oliver-Dawson Saxon, continuing their legacy of Saxon, playing smaller venues to largely appreciative crowds.



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