Παρασκευή, 24 Ιουλίου 2009

SARACEN- Heroes, saints and fools (1981, 1992 reissue)


Saracen were filed under the NWOBHM movement mainly because of their origin and time of appearance. Everything with guitars in 1981 was supposed to be NWOBHM in one way or another. But what I hear is prog/pomp hard rock. The same titled masterpiece and songs like Horsemen of the apocalypse and Ready to fly are lengthy, with nice atmospheric parts and interesting arrangements. The ''hit'' Rock of ages is the only straight rocking song on the album (just as good as those great NWOBHM anthems: Angelwitch, Rock brigade, And the bands played on etc...). Furthermore tracks 8-14, which are basically no bonus tracks but tracks from the second album ''Change of heart'' (1984) showcase a strong AOR feeling that leaves no room for misunderstandings. Like expected, Saracen handle every different style with the same class. Seabird and A face in the crowd actually exceed any expectations, and personally I tend to believe the second album is even better than the first (though I love the prog elements of the debut). Special note has to be made about Steven Bettney -this guy has a voice like an angel! Anyway, the meaning of this post is to persuade you about the greatness of this band, they are still alive and kicking, the last album they released was ''Vox in Excelso'' in 2006 ( a masterpiece you need to buy!) and hopefully there is more on the way...
UPDATE: Please take notice that the version presented here is in fact a bootleg not aprooved by the band. For official Saracen releases check out http://www.templarmusic.co.uk/saracen/calbum.htm

ENJOY!!!

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