Saracen: Saracen

Year1986
Label/DistributionPrivate
FormatLP
Musical styleMelodic Metal
Additional infoLess than 1000 copies pressed.
Rarity grading
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4 out of 6 - Incredibly rare!

Review

Not to be confused with the UK NWOBHM band this is the Saracen from Australia - a classic style heavy metal band who formed in 1980, disbanded in 83 when guitarist John Meyer split to join Rose Tattoo and reformed once again in 1986. Featuring bassist & drummer 2/3 of the Trilogy - Life On Earth (see review) line up. A hard rocking power trio with great hooks, guitar playing and melodies. Saracen is so close stylistically to the Trilogy album that it was actually released as a second Trilogy album overseas - obviously being renamed due to the SARACEN name conflict. Some great catchy songs - In The Morning, Three Years, Fight With Fire and a cracking instrumental L.M.D. reminiscent of Rush's YYZ. When put in context of the time this band were formed then this stands up very well as a great self released hard rock / metal album Those with a penchant for 'Allied Forces' era Triumph or 'Moving Pictures' era Rush will be will rewarded with a great listening experience if they manage to acquire a copy this ultra rare slab of Aussie wax.


LP was released in Europe as "TRILOGY - Next In Line" on the Axe Killer label (see our review).

Tracks
Against The Wall
In The Morning
Time Is Over
Next In Line
L.M.D.
Skyline
Fight With Fire
Three Years
On The Run

Created / updated: 2012-08-16
Dave Harrison