British heavy metal legends SAXON have released the official music video for the song "The Secret Of Flight". According to Classic Rock magazine, the track, which appears on the band's latest album, "Thunderbolt", retells the story of flight via the medium of heavy metal thunder, taking in all points from Icarus's disastrous approach to the sun, via the Wright Brothers, to the dropping of the bomb.
"2018 is turning out to be another monumental year for SAXON," says frontman Biff Byford. "After storming across the North America with the 'Thunderbolt' tour, we are releasing 'The Secret Of Flight' from the album as the new single and video.
"Being in a touring band, we fly a lot. So I was sat on a plane one day, thinking that — in the big scheme of things — we didn't discover how to fly until quite recently in man's history, in 1903. That's only 115 years ago.
"I thought it would make a good subject, so there you go…. the secret of flight!
"The track has already proven to be a live monster song so as we are half way through the year's tour schedule," adds Biff. "It's apt that we release it now. With that in mind, we would also like to share the following up-to-date stats with you all."
Miles travelled: 37,000 miles
People played to: 200,000
Bottles of Wine: 184
Bottles of Beer: 2228
Bottles of water: 4350
Tea bags: 14
Guitar strings: 300
Drum sticks: 150
Bass strings: 140
Guitar picks: 1000
Hours asleep: Minimal!
"Thunderbolt" was released on February 2 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.
SAXON supported JUDAS PRIEST on the North American leg of the "Firepower" tour, which kicked off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and wrapped on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.