"Daggers, Lust, Disgust" (Self-produced; 2008)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

Sarasin A.D. (known simply as Sarasin in North America) are a hard rock band of veteran musicians. Vocalist Phil Naro has contributed writing for Coney Hatch, Peter Criss, Lee Aaron and others. 

The opening track, "In America," comes on sounding like a cross between AC/DC and Fastway with a decent enough groove going. The second track, "No Sensation," sounds like an early Iron Maiden riff turned into a hard rock song; not as killer as Maiden, of course, yet a decent track. So, right away they pull from different influences and that trend continues throughout the album. 

Unfortunately, these first two tracks are likely the two best songs on the entire album. Despite the different influences, these guys pull from two general styles: One is hard rock from, say, around 1982-1986 and the other is some more modern heavy rock sounds. The modern sounds don't work very well for these guys because it's slightly toned down and they sound uncomfortable doing it, almost as though they feel they have to do it rather than are doing it by choice. The hard rock tracks (other than the first two) are all right, just rather lackluster and you've likely heard a whole many other bands playing the same thing with a lot more fire over twenty years ago. 

It's okay to be inspired by a sound from the past but you have to either add something of your own or really be on fire. Even die hard fans of this era don't or shouldn't want to hear second rate material played in a lukewarm fashion. 

All in all, "Daggers, Lust, Disgust" is a rather average album that really doesn't do enough to trigger any really emotions, good or bad.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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