British heavy metal legends SAXON have released the official music video for the song “Predator”. The track, which is taken from the band’s latest album, “Thunderbolt”, features a guest appearance by AMON AMARTH frontman Johan Hegg.
SAXON singer Biff Byford commented: “Great fun doing the new video for ‘Predator’. Big thanks to Johan for doing his thing on vocals with me… And much thanks to Steph Byford for making the video. Hope you like it”
Byford told Songfacts about “Predator”: “It’s basically about the animals that are on top of the food chain, like a lion or a tiger, or a crocodile or a shark. A couple of people thought it was about the film ‘Predator’, but it’s not. It’s about whatever’s at the top of the food chain in that particular environment.”
Regarding the collaboration with Hegg, Byford told Yesterdaze News: “[AMON AMARTH] are good friends of ours. We like the band. We met them when they first started touring way back, several years ago. We like the Viking rock. We feel like we’re brothers-in-arms there. They’re obviously a younger band than we are, but they grew up with SAXON in Sweden in the ’80s, so they’re big fans of SAXON, and we’re big fans of theirs.
“When I wanted to do a lower voice on that song, I thought of Johan straight away. He was my first choice, and he did such a fantastic job. It sounds great. It’s a little bit radical for us, but I don’t like being predictable. I like taking a few chances with things like that, see if the fans like it.”
A special tour edition of “Thunderbolt” was released on September 7. It features live recordings of “Thunderbolt” and “Nosferatu (The Vampire’s Waltz)” recorded in Frankfurt and Los Angeles on the 2018 “Thunderbolt” world tour. The CD format also contains a 10″ x 10″ poster with photos of the band while on tour.
“Thunderbolt” was released in February 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.
Like “Battering Ram”, SAXON‘s new effort features Byford alongside Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitar, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums.