New Releases: June 23, 2021 – Heavy Water

Heavy Water Red Brick City


Heavy Water is a collaboration between Saxon frontman Biff Byford, and his son Seb Byford. I, like I’m sure a lot of people thought going in that this would be like a Biff solo album or an extension of what he does in Saxon. Folks, this is neither.

We’ve heard people discuss silver linings from the pandemic. This is definitely one of them. Where Biff could have just regurgitated a bunch of NWOBHM riffs to appease his fans. This is something totally different. I’m not saying it’s straight-up pop or anything like that. But it mixes a lot of things that you wouldn’t expect from the Saxon frontman.

Red Brick City really feels like a collaboration between Seb and Biff. It mixes heavy blues riffs, and grooves, that to be honest you could say bands like Audioslave, or in more recent times Royal Blood and others that have made this popular once again. 

At the same time, there are moments that are subtle, and clean. You have slower numbers that are straight-up blue rock, or may remind you of U2 or Simon And Garfunkle, with sax solos to boot. Seb and Biff also share vocal duties, so it isn’t just  Biff all over this. This is a total collaboration between the two.

Is this going to get someone to stop playing their classic Saxon albums? No, it won’t. Will it piss some die-hards off? Maybe, but that’s too bad that their mind is so closed-minded that they can’t enjoy this album. I recommend this album to anyone looking for an album full of huge riffs, hooks, melodies, and drum beats that you can’t help but headbang to.

Here is Heavy Water with the track "Solution" off of their debut album Red Brick City.

Interested in checking out Red Brick City by Heavy Water before picking the album up?

Pick your poison, check out the album on either Spotify or Apple Music here.


Yngwie Malmsteen – Parabellum

Lee Aaron – Radio On! 

Tantric – The Sum Of All Things

Descendents – 9th and Walnut

(hed)p.e. – Sandmine

Mordred – The Dark Parade

Hookers & Blow – Hookers & Blow

Eradicator – Influence Denied

Capstan – Separate

Sleep Waker – Alias

Craven Idol – Forked Tongues

Lotus Eater – Where The Body Goes

Erdve – Savigaila

Band Of Bastards – Delete. Repeat.


Stone Temple Pilots – Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop 25th Anniversary Edition

Mr. Big – Lean Into It 30th Anniversary Edition


Dream Theater – Lost Not Forgotten Archives: A Dramatic Tour of Events – Select Board Mixes


Various Artists – Paradise City Season One Soundtrack

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