history goes all the way back to the mid seventies where guitarist Rob
Bendelow formed the band under the banner of Lammergier, which was changed
into Saracen in 1981. 1981 was also the year of Saracen’s first
release “Heroes, Saints and Fools”, which was released on the
band’s own company Nucleus Records, a single called “No more Lonely
Nights” followed in 1982 also on the Nucleus label.
1983 they signed a deal with Neat Records and a single “We Have
Arrived” and a new album “Change of Heart” was released in 1984,
but the year after 1985 Saracen broke up and nothing was heard from the
boys before the year 2000 where Rob Bendelow released his solo Templar
album “Come to the Light” - the album
received great reviews all over the world. In
2003 the Saracen guys released their third album “Red Sky” on the
Now and Then Label.
new album “Vox In Excelso” is a concept album, based on the
mysterious and controversial story of the knight’s templar – a
medieval body of warrior monks, who grew to become one of the most
powerful military & financial organizations in Europe.
music of Saracen is still symphonic hard rock with many parallels to
Magnum and Praying Mantis, the album is ALMOST as good as “Heroes,
Saints and Fools”. Exceptional tracks like “Mary”, “Meet me at
Midnight” or “Priory of Zion” makes “Vox In Excelso” essential
for all N.W.O.B.H.M. or symphonic hard rock Fans
tracks: Yes all of them.