SARASIN - SARASIN
(Pure Steel Records)
Review by Sloof
This band is active since the 80’s and might not be confused with the UK band Saracen who featured the Roksnax compilation album in 1980 and spawned really great albums like ‘Heroes, Saints & Fools’ and ‘Change Of Heart’. No, this Sarasin is a Canadian band that released an EP in 1987 (‘Lay Down Your Guns’) and anno 2016 we can say that the only remaining original member is guitarist Greg Boileau. Their longtime friend and bass player Rob Grant died after a battle with cancer in 2012, so the band decided to dedicate this album to his loving memory!
Sarasin aims on heavy riffing and deep feelings while the fine melodic material will convince old and new fans of classic Heavy Metal! I must say that I needed little time to get into the vibe of the songs, as Sarasin has a kind of dated character and sound, but on the contrary they manage to take your attention, and that feeling grows every time that you spin the album. A song like ‘The Hammer’ has a Grand Magus influence but Sarasin adds a psychedelic touch. If you want some heavy riffing, you will adore ‘Enemy Within’ and those that want a up-tempo rocker will be amused with the track ‘Forevermore’. One thing is for sure, the guitars are present all the time and Greg Boileau and Jim Leach know exactly how to pull the strings! ‘In Our Image’ has a dated approach where the members add some background vocals as well. This is Old School and Epic, this is material that will appeal to the real muthas! Order at: http://www.puresteel-shop.com/SARASIN_1 Sarasin FB: https://www.facebook.com/SARASIN-155676316805/
My rating: 80 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish