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Armored Saint

Although many associate hard rock from Los Angeles in the early '80s as all glossed up and pop-based (Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Quiet Riot, etc.), there were a select few true metal bands to emerge from the same locale, such as Armored Saint. Formed in 1982 and originally comprised of members John Bush (vocals), David Pritchard (guitar), Phil Sandoval (guitar), Joey Vera (bass), and Gonzo (drums, brother of Phil Sandoval), the group specialized in a style of straight-ahead metal that was compared to such New Wave of British Heavy Metal acts as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Saxon, among others. The quintet issued a three-track self-titled EP on the Metal Blade label in 1983, before signing on with Chrysalis. They put out such underappreciated releases as 1984's March of the Saint, 1985's Delirious Nomad, and 1987's Raising Fear and built a fanatical following in their native region, but failed to break through to the big time elsewhere.

Shortly after a switch back to the Metal Blade label in the late '80s, Armored Saint issued their first live recording, 1989's Saints Will Conquer, but bad news was lurking right around the corner. Founding guitarist Pritchard was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away in 1990. The group pressed on (with newcomer Jeff Duncan taking Pritchard's spot in the lineup), issuing Symbol of Salvation in 1991. But the band decided to call it a day a year later when Bush accepted an invitation to join New York thrash metallists Anthrax. By the late '90s, Armored Saint decided to reunite once more and Bush remained a member of Anthrax and Armored Saint simultaneously (Vera was also doing double duty, as he'd become a member of prog-metallists Fates Warning). The newly re-formed outfit issued an all-new recording in 2000, Revelation, while a double-disc anthology, Nod to the Old School, surfaced a year later. A decade later in 2010, the band released La Raza, their 8th full-length album, on Metal Blade. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Track List: Symbol Of Salvation

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I think the new saint sounds like R ap
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Armored saint sounds great in the 80s & even better in 2015
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vote hillary clinton
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My sister went to school with the Sandovals in East L.A. .. Gonzo still remains a good friend of hers. She got me a copy of Armored Saints first EP when it came out in 82 and I was an instant fan ever since. I saw A.S. Just a couple years ago at House of Blues in Hollywood! The energy was explosive. From the first chord They rocked harder than ever..
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Armored saint on that metal show sat 3-21-2015
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jamieb12871
Love him in ARMORED SAINT(not Anthrax)That should always b Joey'$
Would've been ok w/Metallica ...wished I could've seen them previously w/METALLICA /W.A.S.P.... A L L WERE GREAT THEN
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jamieb12871
Saw 'em on HALLOWEEN '86/'87@ I. Believe the same place ANTHRAX recorded 'I'M THE MAN"(ARCADIA THEATER) W/ HELLOEEEN, ARMORED SAINT, & A WANING GRIM(MET) REAPER
HELL ON WHEELS TOUR...I had listened 2 A. S. previously that year 4 the 1st time(March of the saint) but this was Raising fear & it f%*kin' rocked (probably most underrated band)...Afte r the show, I was out back by the buds & Bush comes out 2 get on bus & grabs what's in my hand & started autographing it...I said 2him,"Watcha doin'"?He
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So much better with armored saint hated anthrax
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motodog68
Saw them in the mid 80' with Saxon at my local fairgrounds in a somewhat small gymnasium type building in Lancaster Ca. WAY COOL!!! Was a big fan at the time and a local promoter made it happen, was like a private show where you could be at the stage and still have room to walk.
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John Bush was once considered to be the vocalist for Metallica. Hetfield felt unsure about his vocal abilities and wanted to concentrate solely on guitar.
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Just f**kin awesome 4
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milosdad
Looking back, I was lucky to live in San Antonio. Where else would I have heard such bands as AS, Moxy, Riot, Metallica, Scorpions, etc with such frequency.
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Armored Saint lives on
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No Scott was not but your mom was.
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Was Scott Ian ever in armored saints?
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I seen them in the 80s - they opened for metallica

just as good live, if not better than metallica - I liked them better - and I really like metallica
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I just ran across this group yesterday by accident. Great rockers. Great instrumentat i o n ; great vocalization s , great beat.......a l w a y s so, so cool to find a group that has been around for years and years and have never heard of them. Makesme realize how much I have missed by being so myopic in my music appreciation ! ! !
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Other than the stupid hispanic named La raza, most of there other catalog is solid !
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When I first heard the riff to Can You Deliver and then John Bushs vocals I was hooked. Good band that just didn't catch a break.
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Man f**k you !! Armored Saint is metal!! They're not a waste . they were just not given the opportunity to become big. Unlike your poison ; bon jovi; winger crap! Shut your piehole.
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Armored saint? Where have I been? John bush has the metal voice that cannot compare. The music and composition being a guitarist for 30 plus years? Awesome.
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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mabrennan0
joeeagle - saw the same tour, ride the lightning. Have to say your f**kin wrong - metallica went off. Cliff Burtons bass solo had people ripping the f**kin chairs out of the big apple in el paso. Not saying armored saint didn't play their a** off, but metallica left no doubt who was the opening act and who was the headliner.
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joeeagle13
Saw them blow metallica of stage on the "ride the lighting/mar c h of the saint" tour about '85... rainbow musuc hall. Still amazed how things turned out. At least the saints never sold outicca. Lars.
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steventausch e r
The first time i heard them i was hooked.certa i n bands the way the songs are written around guitars maiden saxon priest ect.they are underated for sure but live there dangerous.
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alexmonico
Remember saw them with King Diamond ...both kick a** bands
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kidd21129
They are not dead check them out! I will be at the Nov 30th in Hollywood
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joeeagle13
Armored saint. Why didn't these guys hit? O yeah. Crap like narvana and pearl clam.... no one ever said Americans know what is best for them.... the st knew. So did all the real headbangers back in the day. Wippersnappe r s , u missed one of the true greats.. enjoy your Kurt Kobane remix and your Courtney love movie. Ewwww.
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joeeagle13
These guys completely laid waste to a place called "rainbow music hall" in Denver 85... in doing so they completely upstaged a little band known a metallica and left everyone wondering why bush and the boys didn't headline. Metallica could hardly stand. Drunk UN professional . . . metallica. Shocker.
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John Bush is one of the most underrated metal singers ever.
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Got to see them before Pritchard passed. The Hell on Wheels tour in '86, Helloween, Armored Saint, and Grim Reaper...Awe s o m e concert.
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Despite what the bio says, sounds like glam to me.
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@jordan.will 2 3 2 You missed that concert because of a high-school graduation ceremony. I'd say f**k the ceremony; I can always get my degree outside of the ceremony, I've got metal to attend to.
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I missed possibly the best Metal show of all time because it was the same night as my highschool grad ceremony..Ar m o r e d Saint/Wasp/M e t a l l i c a at First Ave in Minneapolis. . p l a c e stood 1500 people I bummed but listened to March of the Saint hella Lot back in the day.
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anthonysk8r
Like how the dude under me says Bush is s**t. That's why Metallica was gonna hire him on as their lead singer. Bush is a badass singer. All I've got to say.
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What a waste of recording time, tape, and my time this band is. Too bad Anthrax picked up Bush, he fits right in with this garbage. And how is this Metal? Overkill, Slayer, Exodus, they are Metal. Atleast Iron Maiden and Judas Priest have talent, armored saint just gave me a headache. Glad I never bought any albums from the bargin bin.
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La Raza (2010) is very professional l y packaged (cd sleeve and cd book). The band is amazing once again and the sound engineering is top notch for the guitar talent and writing that comes with it.

Check it out!
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These guys are great, John Bush is one of the best metal voices ever
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asifari
Armored Saint is incredible. They may be THE most underaprecci a t e d band ever. Yeah, Anvil got the short end of the stick for sure, but at least they were recognized for their first two albums. Symbol of Salvation is, to me, one of the best ever metal records top-to-botto m , and the rest of their catalogue is awesome and generally rewarding, and not very repetative. They rule \m/
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e.spanto
metaaaaaaaal l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ! ! ! ! ! !
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milosdad
Trite.
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mikejweldon
I remembered when they first appeared on Enigma Records. When that label first came around, it was awesome for exposing bands like this.
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Definitely one of the most underrated metal bands.
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This band kicks a** i bin with them from day one
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Wish I had heard these guys "back in the day." This a true metal.
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patman0322
Yeah, how come I don't remember these guys? This is good stuff.
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vastly underappreci a t e d
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Such an underrated band.
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seen at perkens palace back n the day and still kickin c ya
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Saw these guys on tour wit quiet riot and whitesnake Armored Saint was by far the best band on stage that night. I bought March of the Saint the next day
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