ARMORED SAINT - USA

March Of The Saint - 1984 – Chrysalis
Delirious Nomad - 1985 - Chrysalis
Raising Fear - 1987 - Chrysalis
Symbol Of Salvation - 1991 - Metal Blade
Revelation - 2000 - Metal Blade
La Raza – 2010 – Metal Blade
Win Hands Down – 2015 - Metal Blade


  
 
Members

S= John Bush>>Anthrax, Doom Squad - Anthrax, Doom Squad>>JOHN BUSH>>Anthrax
G= Dave Prichard - Sidney>>Phil Sandoval>>Life After Death, Monster G, Yo Diddley - Monster G, Life After Death, Sidney, Yo Diddley>>PHIL SANDOVAL>>Monster G, Yo Diddley - Odin>>Jeff Duncan>>Human Nature, Bird Of Prey, DC4 - Alan Barlam - Odin, Human Nature, Bird Of Prey, DC4>>JEFF DUNCAN>>DC4
B= Lizzy Borden, Engine, Fates Warning, Seven Witches, John Arch>>Joey Vera>>Fates Warning, Solo, Engine, Seven Witches, John Arch, Nevermore, Arch/Matheos - Lizzy Borden, Fates Warning, Solo, Engine, John Arch, Nevermore, Arch/Matheos>>JOEY VERA>>John Arch, Nevermore, Arch/Matheos
D= Life After Death, Doom Squad, Monster G, Yo Diddley>>GONZO SANDOVAL>>Life After Death, Doom Squad, Monster G, Yo Diddley



History

Armored Saint lived up to its name in the heady and early days of Los Angeles. Swords and axes ruled on stage and the group had a different logo with old English lettering, but surprisingly and well before big names like Anthrax and Metallica, a major label came a knockin' and the Saints went a marchin' to Chrysalis. Vera was originally a guitarist, but had switched to bass out of necessity and because he felt his fingers were too fat. His bass guitar had actually belonged to Jon Bush. Unfortunately, a major label didn't mean success, as Chrysalis was lost at the hows of promoting a metal band. The band did not tour internationally for years and the momentum was lost. Bush had, in the meanwhile, rejected Metallica's offer for him to take over the role of a frontman with the thrashers. When Prichard sadly succumbs to leukemia in 1990, the band finished Symbol Of Salvation and split up, but not before touring in Europe with Scorpions. The song Tainted Past featured a solo by Prichard lifted off a demo. Bush accepted Anthrax's offer to join and departed the fold. Vera, whose wife worked at Metal Blade, remained musically involved with several Metal Blade bands. Years later with the Anthrax members off on a SOD reunion, the Saint too jumped on the bandwagon and released an album of its own. Live activities were restrained though as Anthrax remained Bush's main priority. 2001 brought a sampler of the band called Nod To T he Old School which featured old, new and unreleased material. Armored Saint also reissued A Trip Thru Red Times video as a DVD full of extra material in 2003. Singer John Bush landed a gig doing voiceover work in commercials for Burger King in 2006 – ironic for an ex-Anthrax man. The band played at Rocklahoma Festival in 2008. To commemorate the band’s first tour of Australia Metal Blade was issuing a sampler of the band called 2009 Australian Tour Compilation. Metal Blade’s Armored Saint was at the Tranzformer Studio in Burbank, California in late 2009 recording a full-length album. The band was working with Bryan Carlstrom, while bassist Joey Vera was producing. The album was expected in March of 2010. John Bush had also returned to Anthrax after the firing of the New Yorkers latest singer. Armored Saint completed work on its newest, album, La Raza (The Race) in 2010. Metal Blade Records was due to issue it in March, 2010. The band was playing New York for the first time in 20 years on November 30th and December 3rd, 2011 at Amityville and NYC respectively. The first EP from Los Angeles’ Armored Saint would be reissued on August 13th, 2012 through Metal Blade Records with bonus tracks and etching on vinyl. The band was touring Europe. Agent Steel guitarist Juan Garcia joined Armored Saint on stage at Metal Blade Record's 30-anniversary show on November 30th, 2012 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. Armored Saint signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records for the release of the band's next album, which was due in 2015. Song titles include An Exercise In Debauchery, Mess, Up Yours and In An Instant. Saxon and Armored Saint announced a tour in the U.S.A for May 2015. The latter band would be supporting a new album. Armored Saint and Metal Church toured the USA west coast in the summer of 2016. Armored Saint guitarist Phil Sandoval was not playing at the band's German festival appearances in August 2016 as he and his girlfriend were expecting their first child. Matt Price from Behold! The Monolith stepped in. Armored Saint signed with PledgeMusic for an upcoming live album called Carpe Noctum. Mort recently, the band’s drummer Gonzo came out in support of establishment candidate, billionaire elitist Donald Trump in the USA election.

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