SAXON’s music video for the song “Nosferatu (The Vampire’s Waltz)” can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s 22nd studio album, “Thunderbolt”, which was released on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The follow-up to 2015’s “Battering Ram” was once again helmed by producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH, ACCEPT and TESTAMENT, among others. The disc features original artwork by longtime SAXON collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.
SAXON frontman Biff Byford told Overdrive about “Nosferatu”: “It’s a great story, isn’t it?” referring to the story that originally spawned F.W. Murnau’s film “Nosferatu” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. “It was written in Yorkshire in a place called Whitby. It was a small fishing village on the East coast. It was very popular — still is very popular with the Victorians, and Bram Stoker wrote the novel there, ‘Dracula’, ‘Nosferatu’, yeah? It sort of inspired me. I used to live there. Twice a year they have a gothic fair there, a gothic festival, and it’s all around the Bram Stoker thing. And also a friend of mine, a film director asked me to write a song about vampires, basically, and that’s the song that we wrote, ‘Nosferatu’.”
SAXON is the primary support act for JUDAS PRIEST’s “Firepower” tour, which kicked off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Additional support on the trek is coming from BLACK STAR RIDERS.
Byford told Dead Rhetoric about the tour: “I suppose we were out with JUDAS PRIEST and MOTÖRHEAD in 2015 for a few shows in North America — we’ve done fairly good gigs with them. But there’s nothing like having a fantastic package together for the fans. You have to remember that when it comes to SAXON, the fans are the most important thing to us, especially when we are touring. We just feel that this package — especially JUDAS PRIEST and SAXON — is iconic. The first tour we ever did in Europe was with JUDAS PRIEST in 1980, so we’ve been friends with them ever since. The three bands are a great bill for the fans to see, the people seem really excited about the new album and about the tour, so we are looking forward to it.”