Monday, February 20, 2006

Armored Saint-Symbol of salvation, 1991

In the summer of 1991 many critics were raving about Metallica's black album and it was selling like crazy. A lot of people seemed to think it was a "real" heavy metal album that was just very accessible. While all of this was going, the best album of 1991 had been released by a band who had been through the wringer. Armored Saint had lost their major label and then lost guitarist Dave Pritchard to leukemia in early 1990. Phil Sandoval who had left after the debut rejoined and they hired former Odin guitarist Jeff Duncan so now they had two guitarists. It takes maybe thirty seconds of the opening track Reign of fire to realize that this was a special album. Saint had spent their other three albums building off of each previous release and by Symbol of salvation they had reached their pinnacle. This album contains 13 tracks and all of them are either great or very good so it has quantity and quality, what more can you ask for? Hanging Judge, Another Day and Tainted Past are just a few of the killers on this album. John Bush has long been one of my favorite singers and he was completely on with this entire album. By 1991 not a lot of bands were playing the classic style metal that had been so prevalent in the early to mid-80's but Armored Saint were doing it and doing it better than it had been done in several years. This one is a Metal Mark must have.


Blogger David Amulet said...

Reign of Fire is truly excellent. Armored Saint, despite its cred among true metalheads, has always been underrated by mainstream hard rock types. A shame.

-- david

4:54 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

I remember when that came out when I was in high school. I'm not a metal head by any means - but a couple of my buddies were.

8:04 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

I remember when this came out but then it just faded away. I will have to try to find it somewhere. I had forgotten about this band.

9:32 AM  
Blogger T-_Bone said...

Symbol of Salvation os one of my all time favorites and would probably occupy the number 1 spot for 1991 in my eventual Top 10 for that year.

8:05 AM  
Blogger FredCQ said...

Since Bush is one of your favorite metal vocalists, what is your take on him in Anthrax? I didn't like him in Anthrax at first but I was slowly won over to the point that I was pissed when they fired him to get Belladonna back in the band. Bush is such a great singer and frontman!

I have the metal blade reissue of this CD and it's great. I love Armored Saint!

5:14 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

t-bone- It's my choice for best metal album of 1991 and that was a pretty good year for metal.

fredcq-I prefer Bush in Armored Saint more than Anthrax.I like him in Anthrax, but not near as much as Joey. I think Armored Saint are quite possibly the most underated American metal band of all time.

7:34 AM  

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