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Backstage Pass: Saxon's powerful 'Wheels Of Steel' roll on

Along with heavy hitters like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, Saxon helped spearhead the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement that swept over Europe and the U.S. in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The band’s 1980 sophomore effort, Wheels Of Steel, is still considered by many to be one of the greatest heavy-metal albums ever. This year, Saxon released a new album, Into The Labyrinth. In this interview, Saxon frontman Biff Byford talks about the album, where the band has been and where it’s headed.

Collecting Van Der Graaf Generator 1968-72

Van Der Graaf Generator, wrote the editors of the “New Musical Express Book Of Rock” in 1975, “failed to make much of an impression on [the] British public. However they managed to accrue a small, but dedicated cult following for their heavy, doomy music.” It was not much of an epitaph for what that same small cult following would have declared was one of the most ambitious, adventurous and, above all, challenging rock bands of the early 1970s.