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Album · 1986

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1. Rock the Nations (4:41)
2. Battle Cry (5:26)
3. Waiting for the Night (4:52)
4. We Came Here to Rock (4:19)
5. You Ain't No Angel (5:29)
6. Running Hot (3:36)
7. Party 'til You Puke (3:26)
8. Empty Promises (4:11)
9. Northern Lady (4:43)

Total Time: 40:47


- Biff Byford / vocals, bass
- Graham Oliver / guitar
- Paul Quinn / guitar
- Paul Johnson / bass (credited on the sleeve, does not play)
- Nigel Glockler / drums

About this release

Full length, EMI Records, 1986.

Thanks to Pekka, Unitron for the updates


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"Let Me Hear Your Battle Cry!"

If someone were to ask me what two of the best drum sounds on 80's heavy metal albums were, there's two that would instantly come to mind. One is Judas Priest's underrated Point of Entry, and the second is yet another underrated album, Saxon's Rock the Nations.

If you like the gargantuan drums of 80's arenas, this is it. Whether it's an anthem like Battle Cry or a foot-stomper like You Ain't No Angel, Nigel Glockler just slams and warrants air drumming. Of course, the rest of the music's fantastic as well, and the guest piano from Elton John on a couple tracks actually works well. Bill Byford's vocals are gruff yet melodic for the aforementioned anthems like Battle Cry as well as We Came Here to Rock.

Seriously underrated album, one of Saxon's best.

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Rock The Nations Was The First Saxon album I got and is still, together with Strong Arm Of The Law and Solid Ball Of Rock, the one I listened to most often. Interestingly, there is not much of a difference in my liking of those three albums, so they all get the same ratings.

Rock The Nations is a solid album with most of the nine songs being just what you can expect from Saxon. There is no real crap song on the album, though You Ain't No Angel is a wee bit below the standard of the other songs. But this little weakness is easily compensated by the two really good songs, namely the title track and the closing ballad Northern Lady, and the one excellent song, in fact my second favourite Saxon song, the funny party track Party Til You Puke. If you want to find out my favourite, watch out at this place!

The production is solid, but not extraordinary. The same can be said about the musicians' work, though especially the quality of Biff Byford's singing is not the most consistent feature on the album. The reason may be that he had to play the bass guitar, too, though this part shows much less of a drop. The total running time of just under 41 minutes is ok for the time of release.

I guess that I might have awarded this album four and a half stars some 25 years ago. Now I prefer more complex sounds and song structures, but Rock The Nations is still above average, which earns it three and a half stars.

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