“Old men“, no way, SAXON have been active in the Hard Rock business for a quarter of a century, but tiredness or signs of wear and tear are foreign words to the Britons. This is proved more than clearly by the latest epic “Lionheart”. I even go as far as saying that this has become the freshest and best album since the blessed times of “Crusader”. The predecessor “Killing Ground” sure had its moments, but just too many black-outs as well.
The opener “Witchfinder General“ already blazes through the speakers with heavy double bass and neat riffs. Cool chorus, Biff’s vocals are godly. The following “Man And Machine” is rather mid-tempo and there’s a biting Mr. Byford to hear on the microphone as well here. A killer chorus again, that’s the way I like it. Then it comes, the title track “Lionheart”, an epic smasher in the tradition of “Crusader” or “747 (Strangers In The Night)”. It will certainly work well at the next live gigs…Next song, next highlight: “Beyond The Grave”, an outstanding melodic hammer, with cool acoustic guitars and superb vocal arrangements – actually my personal favourite. And it goes on like that one after the other, the fillers of the predecessor have been forgotten, there really is not a single bad track on “Lionheart”! Besides the abovementioned ones, “Searching For Atlantis” stands out. This song is finest epic stuff again and another future band classic!
Even the weakest song “Flying On The Edge“ would count among the highlights with most other bands…With this album, SAXON prove they are about the only survivors of the old days who make discs today that are almost as good as back then. You can say that about neither IRON MAIDEN, nor JUDAS PRIEST nor OZZY OSBOURNE… (Online November 17, 2004)