Armored Saint - March of the Saint (Metal Blade) 1984
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I love this album. I mean it's just 100% nostalgia here! 100%, balls-to-the-wall heavy metal and I really dig John Bush's vocals.
Armored Saint - Delirious Nomad (Metal Blade) 1985
1. "Long Before I
"Delirious Nomad" is power metal! Armored Saint's production improved 10x over their debut. John Bush's vocals are stronger and more powerful. This cd is a superb follow-up to their excellent debut. This album was originally issue on Chrysalis but has since been re-issued on Metal Blade.
Armored Saint - Saints Will Conquer (Metal Blade) 1988
1. "Raising Fear"
A short live album that showcased one of America's finest heavy metal bands at their prime. The album manages to capture the live energy from a Saint show that the band has failed to capture on their studio albums. Songs like "Madhouse" and "Can U Deliver" come to life on this EP. "Saints Will Conquer" also features an early studio demo song titled "No Reason to Live."
Armored Saint - Raising Fear (Chrysalis) 1988
1. "Raising Fear"
This would be the last Armored Saint album for guitarist Dave Pritchard who died of leukemia a few years after it's release. His last album was also one of his best. "Raising Fear" is one heavy album. Features an excellent Skynyrd cover "Saturday Night Special."
Armored Saint - Symbol of Salvation (Metal Blade) 1991
1."Reign of Fire"
"Symbol of Salvation" is Armored Saint finest effort to date. This one came out shortly after the death of original guitarist Dave Prichard. Prichard, who the band named the King of the Riff, wrote most of the material on this disc shortly before his death. On "Tainted Past" the band even dubs in one of Prichard's solos from a 1984 4-track demo. It was painfully obvious how much the other members of Armored Saint missed him. In any case, this is a classic metal platter. Songs like the smokin' album opener ""Reign of Fire" and the infectious "Tribal Dance" are some of my all time favorites by the band. John Bush never sounded as powerful as he did on this disc. It's a shame that shortly after it's release the band broke up. Not long after that John Bush was snapped up by Anthrax. Joey Vera went on to be with Fates Warning and release a solo CD.
With Anthrax's Scott Ian and Charlie Benante off running around performing with S.O.D., John Bush had some time to get together with bassist Joey Vera (Fates
Warning) to reconvene the Saint's "Symbol of Salvation" line-up and record a new album. "Revelation" is the band's fifth full-length studio album and is their second without guitarist Dave Prichard. Much like "Symbol of Salvation", Prichard's presence can still be felt in the songwriting. In fact, "Creepy Feelings" and "What's Your Pleasure" were original written and demoed with Prichard during the writing sessions for what would become "Symbol of Salvation". "Creepy Feelings" especially has that classic Armored Saint sound. "Revelation" really does sound like the natural follow-up to "Symbol" despite the years between releases. It's packed full of straight-forward, American heavy metal with commander-in-chief John Bush bellowing over top with his raspy howl. Thankfully, in a time when heavy metal was considered a dirty word, Saint didn't go for the "modern" 1990's sound. Instead they stuck to their brand of tried-and-true, traditional heavy metal with only the slightest hints of speed and thrash metal.
Armored Saint - Nod to the Old School (Metal Blade) 2001
1. "Real Swagger"
Well it certainly can't be said that Armored Saint ever were 'new school' nor have they really ridden any trends, but one bandwagon they did jump on is the current trend to release compilations of rare material, a trend that I like, being a collector of rare metal. 'Nod to the Old School' is a very nice odds and sods disc for their fans, as it compiles new studio tracks, live songs from their 2000 tour, all tracks from the original 1983 EP, soundtrack inclusions, old demo recordings with original guitarist Dave Prichard, who passed away from leukemia and a few other rarities. Among the new studio tracks is a remake of "March of the Saint" as well as three new songs recorded in 2001, an acoustic version of Symbol of Salvation's "Tainted Past", and 'Never Satisfied,' a song apparently recorded during the 'Revelation' sessions. All these songs are superb. I especially enjoyed the re-recorded version of 'March of the Saint.' The production being so much heavier that the 80's version, I think I actually like this new version better. There are a few very cool cover songs on this disc as well. It's about time some metal band payed homage to Robin Trower, one of the innovators of the heavy guitar sound. Armored Saint do a fine metallic version of 'Day of the Eagle.' And what metal band could release a cd like this without paying homage to the mighty Priest? Armored Saint's inclusion is "Never Satisfied" from the tribute 'Tributo a Judas Priest: Metal Gods'. The inclusion of their original EP is nice, and even the demo tracks aren't bad for four track recordings. Nice packaging as well with photos old and new and sufficient liner notes. Overall, one of the better odds and sods cds to be released.
Armored Saint - Symbol of Salvation [Box Set] (Metal Blade) 2003
If you are going to remaster and re-release a classic metal album, this is the way to do it. Metal Blade's release of Symbol of Salvation is three disc box set that not only contains a vastly superior sound on the album, but also a disc full of demo recordings and another with interviews regarding the recording process. I still stand by my original review that Symbol of Salvation is Armored Saint's finest moment despite having been recorded after the tragic death of guitarist/songwriter Dave Prichard. The demo CD contains what is suppose to be four track recordings, but to be quite honest, I have heard albums that were recorded way worse than these tracks. The recording quality here is actually pretty darn good. Of course, these tracks were recorded before Dave's death, so it is his leads that are contained herein. The demo versions are at times quite different from the final versions. Besides the differences in the lead work, some of the choruses are different, as are some of the song arrangements. The interview disc is a nice addition but not something I would probably ever listen to more than once. The cover art, while resembling the original, has been changed and the original Armored Saint logo restored. All the original liner notes, lyrics, etc. are still in place but some new photos have been added to the package as well. The entire three disc set is wrapped in a cardboard slipcase.
Armored Saint - La Raza (Metal Blade) 2010
1. Win Hands Down
Some music is permanently attached to an emotion, a time in life, an event, etc. For me this album shall always be attached to my dad's passing away in 2015. The weeks that he was in the hospital I drove back and forth from home to the hospital, from work to the hospital, etc. and this was the CD that was spinning in my car. It was a new release at the time and it was the only music I played in my car. It gave me some comfort as I sped down the road towards the hospital and home each day. I spent some very meaningful time talking with my dad in the hospital. I spent time with my whole family there but there was also time when it was just him and I. His condition changed rapidly over a couple weeks. When the call came in on Sept 13th, 2015 to get down here quick, he's not going to make it much longer I jumped in my car and sped like my life depended on it towards the hospital, Armored Saint playing in the background, tears streamed down my face as I knew it would be the last time I would see my dad alive. Unfortunately I arrived moments after he slipped away, so I never did see my dad again. This album is now forever locked with that memory and in fact I couldn't play this CD again for a year after this happened. However, nearly one year exactly after my dad's passing a good friend who went to see Armored Saint in Washington came to visit and gave me this autographed copy of the album. I decided to give the album a fresh spin and I loved every minute of it. It still reminds me of my dad and that time I spent at the hospital with my him, but this time it also gives me joy as I remember that time we spent together. His last words to me were, "I am proud of you son." I still tear up thinking about it. I miss my dad but cherish the memories. Armored Saint's "Win Hands Down" will forever be that album to me.