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Saxon and Hell, live in London

Live Review

Venue: O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Support: Beyond The Black

Given that it's bloody freezing outside and there's a diabolical delay getting the queue in, Beyond The Black [7] get the Saxon faithful suitably toasty. Sounding like latter-day Within Temptation but with more bollocks – Running To The Edge features some gloriously macho Mortal Kombat keyboard – these young Germans are onto something here. While vocalist Jennifer Haben's piano-driven rendition of Motörhead ballad Love Me Forever leaves several heads in need of scratching, it's nonetheless a brave move in a supposedly stagnant sub-genre.

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