Saxon harkens back to a day when metal was metal. When Maidens were Iron and Sabbaths were Black. When the singer sang and Cookie Monster was just part of a child’s television show. Don’t get me wrong, I love modern metal and its many, many sub genres, but there’s something to be said for just good old fashioned metal. And this album is it. Awesome vocal work, complex guitar lines, shredding bass and pounding drums. Now that’s what I’m talking about. Great lyrics too, songs that are actually telling a story, have something to say, not rhyming for the sake of rhyming or just talking about a new kind of aggression. There’s something special about this album and it really stands out. Far from a middling release, Battering Ram is top tier metal and proves why the genre is everlasting and has the most hardcore fanbase. Because quality metal is just quality metal and this my friends, is quality metal regardless of which sub-genre you love.