Saxon unleashed the beast and released the dogs of war to a sold out crowd at the Palladium Upstairs.

Centerlink opened the night within minutes of the doors opening, as the crowd began to filter into the upstairs room at the Palladium. Centerlink is a power-trio formed in 2006, combining elements of hard rock and metal. Centerlink is supporting their latest release Strength In Numbers. Their set included: “Stronger Than Hate,” “All It Takes,” “Distant Voices,” and “See A Change.”

Forevers’ Fallen Grace is a five pieces progressive power metal band founded in 1999 and is supporting their 2015 release Ascending The Monolith. Forevers’ Fallen Grace had a commanding stage presence and drew the crowd into their show. Their set included: “Iron Will,” “Crown The Night,” and “Anthems Of Triumph And Tragedy.”

Heavy Necker is more on the hard rock side, but definitely as heavy as the name implies. The people in the crowd wondering why Heavy Necker was on a “metal” show were the same people that could not stop talking about what a great show they put on after their set. Heavy Necker is supporting their latest EP Reptile Kings released in 2014. Their set included: “Memento Mori,” “Sin Is Sin,” “In The Shade,” “Pull And Pray,” and “Reptile Kings.”

Seven Witches, a classic 80s style metal band from New Jersey, was formed in 1998 by lead guitarist Jack Frost. Seven Witches put on an arena show in a large club setting, getting the capacity crowd fist pumping and putting the metal horns up in the air. Seven Witches is awaiting the release of their new release currently titled The Way Of The Wicked expected to be out later in 2015. Their set included: “Fields of Fire,” “Claustrophobic,” “Deadly Sins,” “World Without Man,” “The Answer,” and “Metal Tyrant.”

Armored Saint,  a power metal band from Los Angeles, was formed in 1982. Their non-stop high energy set was highlighted by singer John Bush, climbing the PA speakers to fist bump fans in the balcony.

Armored Saint is expected to release their new album Win Hands Down in June 2015. Their set included: “Win Hands Down,” “March Of The Saint,” “Nervous Man,” “Pay Dirt,” “Last Train Home,” “Mess,” “Chemical Euphoria,” “Left Hook From Right Field,” “Can U Deliver,” and “Reign Of Fire.”

Saxon is regarded as being one of the bands that helped form the heavy metal genre kicking off the second wave of British Heavy Metal in the late 70s. Saxon is expected to release their 21st studio album in the Summer of 2015.

Fans were talking about how they have been waiting for 20 to 30 years to see Saxon. They were not disappointed as Saxon played songs from three of their first albums: “Wheels Of Steel,” “Strong Arm Of The Law,” and “Denim And Leather.”

Saxon’s set included: “Motorcycle Man,” “Sacrifice,” “Power and the Glory,” “And the Bands Played On,” “To Hell and Back Again,” “I’ve Got to Rock (To Stay Alive),” “This Town Rocks,” “Dallas 1 PM,” “20,000 Ft,” “The Eagle Has Landed,” “Princess of the Night,” “Crusader,” and “Heavy Metal Thunder.” They finished with an encore of : “Wheels of Steel” and “Denim and Leather.”

Saxon’s US tour is scheduled to the end in Los Angeles in May 2015 as they kick off the European leg of their tour in July finishing up in early December.

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About The Author

Bill grew up in and around Boston in Dorchester and Quincy and still lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts. A life long musician cutting his teeth in punk, hard rock, and metal he still plays and records with his band Third Knuckle. Bill has taken photos of local Boston bands for several years helping bands as a favor to other musicians and as a hobby for bands recently shooting The Cro-Mags, Comeback Kid, Anit-Nowhere League, Death Before Dishonor, Slapshot, Ignite, Guttermouth, and Sloppy Seconds. Bill shoots under BAMF Photography and started shooting & reviewing for the NRR team in early 2014.

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