Sarasin ‎– Lay Down Your Guns

Sinalong Records ‎– WRC2-5316
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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March 29, 2014
With regard to Ontario’s Sarasin the answer is both yes and no. While melodic Euro-metallers like Mad Max, LA glam metal kings Ratt and traditional AORers Night Ranger sit atop the AOR kingdom, there are some respectable second and third tier acts that provide a solid listen. This is pretty much where Sarasin comes in; third tier melodic metal with some decent enough touches to keep one interested – though perhaps not captivated.

‘Never on Sunday’ is perhaps the all-too saccharin, poppy number which could be considered inexcusable, while ‘Lay Down Your Guns’ and ‘Still the Same’ are stronger; a bit ballsier. Good examples of passable AOR which feature the smooth vocal layers, emphasis on catchy, yet sweet melodies which typify the genre. The production here is typical AOR – it reminds me of the sound used by bands like Valentine hard; washed out guitars, you know? Anyway, originality wise – there’s nothing too special going on here, with the typical song themes, production and all – there a couple of nice little intros, guitar licks and such – but nothing too stellar.

Not a bad melodic heavy metal album, probably on the level of Taurus, or Valentine. However if the melodic metal thing is your game, then hollering at Mad Max might be a safer bet. Like so many other bands in this genre – consistency hurts them. A lot of bands seem to have one or two really awesome songs (Childhood’s End), but lose it in a sea of clichéd song themes and lyrics, and weaker guitars. The same could be said for Sarasin, though it’s not as awful as I’ve heard by any means.