They had already composed the music earlier in South Yorkshire. The rehearsal room belonged to Steve Dawson. It was handy for the band that Dobby had a rather large building so that the gurus could rehearse in private.
It's rumored that the building is suitable for handling a rather big explosion of sound... somewhat akin to a volcano losing the top of its head on a busy day. Everyone soon started to get involved, voluntarily... the atmosphere was calling the shots and even the guys at the studio, who were somehow involved with THE LOST PROPHETS band, offered their expert influence donating vast quantities of regular professional input.
The mixing console and sound equipment was purchased from GARY BARLOW'S studio. It comes as no surprise then to mention Graham's comments in the few choice words he made whilst introducing the setup to the band. In a somewhat quiet but firm gesture nodding his head in approval he agreed... It's top notch gear.
ODS started by laying down the initial backing tracks of drums and bass.
During these early stages the schedule was hectic. Graham Oliver was all booked up with guitar sessions stateside but managed to roll off a few sections with his son Paul on drums. Whilst regularly gigging around the live circuit, the other band members spent alternative weekends in the Welsh studio. On his return from USA, Graham soon appeared ready to tie in the rhythm section with the capable addition of singer John Ward, now set and ready to hone the vocals for a first analysis of the albums primordial structure.
Steve Dawson regularly attended the music sessions as overseer to the recording. Everything was coming together perfectly. Then, it was rumored that the studio was going through financial difficulty.... before the band could swiftly move in there was total shut down. A catastrophe loomed... all the studios equipment was sanctioned by receivers and the doors were closed for almost 3 years before an agreement was reached.
Finally, after months, if not years of wrangling an understanding was reached.
The tapes were released and transported to a new studio in Wigan owned by PAUL ONIELL who was trained at Revolution Studios in Manchester; small world, thought Graham, Victim You - SonOfaBitch 1995 was previously laid down on the Manchester console before its final mastering at Stairway To Heaven studios in Germany.
Once again the team was in full flight.... Band and studio worked around the clock to finish the album in time for a 2012 release. In his usual way, Steve Dawson was hands on piecing the production together as the days progressed.
Finally, in August 2011, after an irregular period of downtime since the Wales studio demise, the launch plans were coordinated and the CD tracks were selected for order of listing.
If you are a SAXON fan then rest assured, this album will be for you. It's highly likely on hearing the songs you'll no doubt grasp the moment and probably feel the empathic relationship with the TRUE SAXON history of magic times like BACKS TO THE WALL NEVER SURRENDER.
In true unadulterated vengeance, never giving in, what we have here is a masterpiece of Heavy Metal Madness, true grit, more or less bring it on rock heaven... because believe you me, if heaven really is like this, then MOTORBIKER is gonna be worth dying for ... no doubt you get the picture!
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