Saracen – Vox In Excelso

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Vox In Excelso

2006, Escape Music/Zink Music
Rating: 3.5/5

Saracen has been together for 25 years, but some members have come and gone. Today, the original members Rob Bendelow and Steve Betteny are joined by the new drummer Mark Cross as well as a new label to back them up.

Saracen delivers typical English melodic hardrock incorporated with progressive elements. You can draw musical parallels between Saracen and acts like Magnum, Marillion, or the really early Judas Priest.

VOX IN EXCELSO is themed around the best selling book “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown. Unfortunatley I haven’t got the lyrics so I can’t really say anything about that. There is a female voice that carries the story further in between the 12 songs. Even though the album is quite long at about 70 minutes of playing time, it doesn’t feel that long because of the much varied material. A few songs could have been left out but as a whole this is a competent album filled with great arrangements and songs.

I advise you to listen to the album a few times because you’re going to find undiscovered things to listen to all the time. I can guess that the whole experience is much better with lyrics in your hand. VOX IN EXCELSO definitely has its moments and ought to appeal to everyone with an interest in the above-mentioned groups or genres.

Steve Bettney – lead vocals
Rob Bendelow – guitar
Paul Brodder – keyboards
Richard Bendelow – bass
Mark Cross – drums

More info about the band


Meet Me At Midnight
The Order
Militium Christi
Vive Dieu…Saint Amour
The Power And The Glory
Chain Reaction
Vox In Excelso
Where Was Their God?
Priory Of Zion