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  • Long time members may recall a 1980 demo recording of the song 'Storm Is Coming', (which is actually called 'Comin' Your Way'), by a mysterious Dallas/Fort Worth band called Sanctus which was posted here many years ago : viewtopic.php?f=19&t=441&hilit=sanctus
    Well, after a long & convoluted gestation period they've just released a remastered 17 song album collecting their vintage demo recordings from 1978/1979 entitled 'Transmission'. However, because several other bands have used the Sanctus name in the years since the Texan group trod the boards, they've adopted the bandname RADDAR instead.

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    01. Hammer
    02. Flyer
    03. Caught in the Game
    04. For One and for All
    05. Transmission
    06. Run for Your Life
    07. Promised Land
    08. Lost and Found
    09. See the Show
    10. Take the Fall
    11. Get Ready
    12. Comin' Your Way
    13. Sing Your Song
    14. Lightnin' N Thunder
    15. Heart on Fire
    16. Writing's on the Wall
    17. Lost Empire

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    Ronnie Hester : Vocals
    Randee Lee : Guitar, Vocals, Organ
    Gary 'Razar' King : Guitar, Bass, Vocals
    Frances Foxe : Bass, Vocals
    Gary Priest : Drums

    https://i.postimg.cc/g0dccznc/23379912-297060470783465-3676720321263754385-n.jpg

    The 'Transmission' digipak CD is now available from the Raddar website at:
    https://leemedia.wixsite.com/raddar

    mp3 album sampler:
    https://music.wixstatic.com/mp3/3d6706_ ... 675ff8.mp3

    and they have a facebook page at:
    https://www.facebook.com/raddartheband

    Note :
    The version of 'Comin' Your Way' on 'Transmission' is an entirely different recording & arrangement from the one previously posted here, but that 1980 version can be found on the 2010 ShroomAngel Records V/A compilation album 'Bringing It All Back Again'.
    https://www.discogs.com/Various-Bringin ... se/9842378
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    Merch now also available here:

    https://leemedia.wixsite.com/raddar
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    Physical CD (USA) : https://link.waveapps.com/2u8gqz-fqu9cw
    Physical CD (International) : https://link.waveapps.com/kj6mn7-z3ufhg
    Digital Download : https://link.waveapps.com/3gf7jr-63brny

    Heavy Harmonies profile with soundclips for all 17 tracks:
    https://heavyharmonies.com/cgi-bin/glam ... n&Letter=A

    Way back in the mid-1970s as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was in its emerging state little could it have been guessed that it would quickly reach Texas in the US of A and have a major influence over there on Gary “Razar” King.
    Gary would discover NWOBHM – in particular Samson’s second album, the wonderful Head On, and from that discovery not only did a love of all things NWOBHM spring up in Gary’s life – his band Raddar would also be heavily influenced in that direction.
    With a strapline of “Texas powered melodic hard rock” describing Raddar’s sound well, those NWOBHM influences are heard throughout the band’s sound.
    Whilst “back in the day” Raddar were active enough writing and gigging they had no recorded output. Now, four decades later we can enjoy Raddar thanks to a remastering of seventeen rather excellent songs.
    Hard, heavy, melodic and a bit proggy too – Raddar sure enough had the chops. And the Razar King can crank out tasty clean riffs and power chords as well as some fine soloing.
    As mentioned earlier, the NWOBHM influences are welcome and obvious but only part of the mix. The vocals are clean and powerful and the drumming Peart-esque in parts. There’s even the occasional swirling organ/keys to give some Uriah Heep style moments.
    Take Coming Your Way for example – starts and finishes with a Box-style riff and that organ sound with a mid-section which gores towards jazz/flamenco yet still managing to “rock”.
    Each of the seventeen songs here on Transmission stand up very well. A pleasure to listen to and enough for the ears of any rock fan to enjoy whether you prefer your music “straight ahead”, with some melody/hooks or the harder-edged NWOBHM.
    Gary “Razar” King is clearly still enthusiastic and a fine guitarist to boot. And on the evidence of Transmission would surely have gone far under different circumstances.
    At time of writing. Transmission is available only via the band’s web site – http://www.raddartheband.com
    I understand there are plans for a wider release in early 2020 – though in the meantime do head on over to Raddar’s web site and check them out. Seriously recommended.

    Review from : http://newwaveofbritishheavymetal.com
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