Barring my personal issues with the vocal style, I can certainly see why Don selected this as his pick. Battlecross, at first sound derivative of the wave of Metal bands that have dominated the last few years, but after a few more spins you get a sense of what they’re bringing to the table. Without a doubt fans of Lamb and Shadow’s will very much love this band (and likely already do.)
The Hybrid is an album of music with lyrics influenced by the film Scintilla which Biff Byford became involved with when Saxon wrote “No Rest For The Wicked” for the film. The song was also used on the “Call To Arms” album and is included again here. So what we have here is a concept album which uses pieces of dialogue from the film for atmosphere and context.