The Canadian band Sarasin was originally formed in the steel mills of gritty Hamilton Ontario in the 80’s when their first EP Lay Down Your Guns was released. Only guitarist Greg Boileau remains from the band’s original line-up today. Long time bass player and co-founding member Rob Grant died after a battle with cancer in 2012, the new Sarasin album is dedicated to him. Vocalist Michael Wilson is sometimes reminiscent to Ozzy Osbourne which is to the band’s advantage. Whether playing a dingy local bar or on the stage of a concert hall, the throttle is always fully open. Unpretentious persistence has kept Sarasin driving forward with their heads down simply doing what they love, smashing their fans in the face with hard hitting, pulse driving Metal. This most recent album was conceived when founding bass player Rob Grant fell ill and co-founding guitarist Greg Boileau wanted one last recording with him. Sadly Rob never got to play on it and lost his battle in 2012. It took some time but Greg along with longtime members drummer Roger Banks and vocalist Mike Wilson pushed ahead to finish the CD and have dedicated it to their brother Rob. In May 2015 the band signed a record deal with Pure Steel Records based out of Germany the band’s goal is to promote the CD and resume playing shows in Canadian cities, they will also be embarking on a European tour (where metal is still flourishing) for the summer of 2016.
Legendary drummer Vinny Appice joins us this week to examine the making of Dio’s Holy Diver album. Coming off success with Black