Armored Saint Debuts Live ‘The Truth Always Hurts’ Clip

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

With the release of its new live recording, Symbol of Salvation Live one month away, Armored Saint debuted another clip from the recording this week.

The band premiered a live clip of its performance of ‘The Truth Always Hurts‘ Wednesday. The video is the second from the recording, following last month’s premiere of the live clip of ‘Symbol of Salvation.’

According to information provided about the recording, the concert featured in the recording was capture at a 2018 performance at New York City’s famed Gramercy Theater. The concert celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of the band’s 1991 album by the same name. This even though the album was released in 1991.

Bassist Joey Vera offered the following comment about the concert.

“I felt like showing Symbol in another light was a great homage to the record itself.  Also, having all the fans be there and part of that event is a way for us to say ‘Thank you!’ For, without them, we can’t do any of this in the first place.”

Added Vera about the concert, which was capture by a six-camera crew, “The vibe in the room was so great.  The fans made us feel so welcome, like we had come home for a celebration of sorts, and we all celebrated Symbol of Salvation. It gave me chills hearing people sing along to songs like ‘Burning Question’, a song we never had played live before.”

The recording, which will come ahead of the band’s upcoming dates with Black Label Society and Prong, will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below. The band’s noted run with BLS and Prong is scheduled to run from Dec. 27-31 along cities along the West Coast region.

– digipak-CD/DVD
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– silver vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dusty rose pink marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– silver / white corona vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– crystal clear vinyl (US exclusive)
– red / black splatter vinyl (US exclusive)

The vinyl and digital release of Symbol of Salvation Live will feature an extra bonus. That bonus comes in the form of five previously unreleased demo tracks recorded during the sessions for Symbol of Salvation. Dave Prichard was part of those sessions.

The track listing for Symbol of Salvation Live is noted below.

Symbol of Salvation Live CD/DVD track-listing
1. Reign of Fire (Live)
2. Dropping Like Flies (Live)
3. Last Train Home (Live)
4. Tribal Dance (Live)
5. The Truth Always Hurts (Live)
6. Half Drawn Bridge (Live)
7. Another Day (Live)
8. Symbol of Salvation (Live)
9. Hanging Judge (Live)
10. Warzone (Live)
11. Burning Question (Live)
12. Tainted Past (Live)
13. Spineless (Live)
*additional bonus tracks on the digital/vinyl versions:
14. Nothing Between the Ears (1989 4-Track Demo)
15. Get Lost (1989 4-Track Demo)
16. Medieval Nightmares (1989 4-Track Demo)
17. People (1989 4-Track Demo)
18. Pirates (1989 4-Track Demo)
19. Symbol of Salvation (Live) [Radio Edit] **available digitally only!

More information on Symbol of Salvation Live is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.armoredsaint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

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Armored Saint Announces Details For New Live Recording

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint will release its new live recording this fall.

The band made the announcement through a news release distributed Wednesday. The document states that the new, forthcoming recording, Symbol of Salvation Live, is scheduled for release Oct. 22 through Metal Blade Records.

The recording, which will come ahead of the band’s upcoming dates with Black Label Society and Prong, will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below. The band’s noted run with BLS and Prong is scheduled to run from Dec. 27-31 along cities along the West Coast region.

– digipak-CD/DVD
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– silver vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dusty rose pink marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– silver / white corona vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– crystal clear vinyl (US exclusive)
– red / black splatter vinyl (US exclusive)

The vinyl and digital release of Symbol of Salvation Live will feature an extra bonus. That bonus comes in the form of five previously unreleased demo tracks recorded during the sessions for Symbol of Salvation. Dave Prichard was part of those sessions.

According to information provided about the recording, the concert featured in the recording was capture at a 2018 performance at New York City’s famed Gramercy Theater. The concert celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of the band’s 1991 album by the same name. This even though the album was released in 1991.

Bassist Joey Vera offered the following comment about the concert.

“I felt like showing Symbol in another light was a great homage to the record itself.  Also, having all the fans be there and part of that event is a way for us to say ‘Thank you!’ For, without them, we can’t do any of this in the first place.”

Added Vera about the concert, which was capture by a six-camera crew, “The vibe in the room was so great.  The fans made us feel so welcome, like we had come home for a celebration of sorts, and we all celebrated Symbol of Salvation. It gave me chills hearing people sing along to songs like ‘Burning Question’, a song we never had played live before.”

In anticipation of the coming release of Symbol of Salvation Live, the band has released a live clip of the band performing the album’s title track at the concert. The video is streaming here.

The track listing for Symbol of Salvation Live is noted below.

Symbol of Salvation Live CD/DVD track-listing
1. Reign of Fire (Live)
2. Dropping Like Flies (Live)
3. Last Train Home (Live)
4. Tribal Dance (Live)
5. The Truth Always Hurts (Live)
6. Half Drawn Bridge (Live)
7. Another Day (Live)
8. Symbol of Salvation (Live)
9. Hanging Judge (Live)
10. Warzone (Live)
11. Burning Question (Live)
12. Tainted Past (Live)
13. Spineless (Live)
*additional bonus tracks on the digital/vinyl versions:
14. Nothing Between the Ears (1989 4-Track Demo)
15. Get Lost (1989 4-Track Demo)
16. Medieval Nightmares (1989 4-Track Demo)
17. People (1989 4-Track Demo)
18. Pirates (1989 4-Track Demo)
19. Symbol of Salvation (Live) [Radio Edit] **available digitally only!

More information on Symbol of Salvation Live is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.armoredsaint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

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Armored Saint Announces Winter Dates With Black Label Society

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records/eOne

Armored Saint is joining Black Label Society’s headlining tour.

The band made the announcement Tuesday through a news release distributed to the media. The band will join Prong as support for the newly announced dates, which are scheduled to run from Dec. 27 in Reno, NV to Dec. 31 Tempe, AZ.

Armored Saint’s upcoming live dates with Prong and Black Label Society are in support of the band’s latest album, Punching The Sky (2020).

Front man John Bush was upbeat as he talked about joining the tour.

“We’re super excited to finally be doing some dates in support of Punching the Sky!!,” he said.  “Albeit a year and two months after it came out. What makes it even more exciting is to support Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society!! Let’s do it!!!!”

Armored Saint’s upcoming dates with Black Label Society and Prong are noted below.

“Doom Trooping over North America” tour dates
w/ Black Label Society, Armored Saint, Prong

Dec. 27, 2021 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
Dec. 28, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Grand
Dec. 29, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
Dec. 30, 2021 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Dec. 31, 2021 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

Black Label Society announced the initial dates for its upcoming tour last month. The band’s tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 1 in Sacramento, CA and to run through Nov. 28 in Albuquerque, NM. The nearly two-month run features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Dothan, AL and Houston, TX.

Prong and Obituary will share time as support for the tour, dubbed the “Doom Trooping Over North America Tour.” Tickets are available now. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Oct. 01 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct. 02 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater 
Oct. 04 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Oct. 05 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory 
Oct. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo 
Oct. 08 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct. 12 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Oct. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Oct. 15 – Bowler, WI – Mohican North Star Gaming & Resort
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage
Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Oct. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 
Oct. 21 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live Hotel & Casino
Oct. 22 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater 
Oct. 23 – Dothan, AL – The Plant
Oct. 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
Oct. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Oct. 28 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel 
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 31 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Nov. 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall 
Nov. 04 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov. 05 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
Nov. 06 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Nov. 09 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Nov. 10 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Nov. 11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
Nov. 13 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues 
Nov. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
Nov. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 
Nov. 19 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Nov. 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater 
Nov. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Nov. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 
Nov. 27 – Denver, CO – Summit Theater 
Nov. 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.armoredsaint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

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Armored Saint’s New LP Is Enjoyable, But Has A Kink In Its Armor

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint is scheduled to release its next album Friday, but audiences will get to hear the album in full tonight, ahead of its release.  The band made the announcement Wednesday through its official Facebook page.  The stream is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m .ET through the band’s official YouTube and Twitch channels, and will feature the opportunity for audiences to chat with the band as the record streams.  The 11-song record has already produced two successful singles, each of which proves in its own way, why audiences will enjoy the album.  While the noted singles do paint a positive picture for Armored Saint’s new album, the record is sadly not a perfect presentation.  Its overall pacing proves somewhat problematic.  Thankfully that aspect is not enough to make the record a failure.  The album’s production counters the noted concern.  When this is considered along with the positive that is the overall musical arrangements, they make this record still a positive new offering from one of the greatest bands in the history of hard rock and metal.

Punching The Sky, the eighth album from veteran hard rock band Armored Saint is an interesting new offering from the band.  It is a record that while enjoyable, is imperfect.   Audiences will be glad to know that even with that in mind, the album boasts more positives than negatives, not the least of which is its musical arrangements.  The arrangements that are featured in this album are solid hard rock arrangements from one to the next.  Both of the singles that the record has produced serve clearly to support that statement.  They are just some of the songs that serve that purpose, too.  ‘My Jurisdiction,’ which comes early in the album’s run, stands on its own merits.  The heavy, blues-based and guitar-driven arrangement here is so infectious and unlike anything else on the album.  The early 90s hard rock influences are just as prominent throughout the work as are the more modern hard rock sounds.  On another note (no pun intended) ‘Bark, No Bite,’ which comes late in the record’s run, is another standout addition to the album.  The song is surefire favorite for any guitar rock purist.  There are influences of the vintage guitar rock sounds of the 80s alongside some 70s rock influence.  The result is an arrangement that is just as possible as a single as any of the album’s other entries.  It is hardly the last of the songs that can be used to show the importance of the record’s arrangements.  ‘Never You Fret,’ which closes out the album, is another powerful entry.  The full, rich sound from the guitar, bass, and drums is a full-on modern hard rock style composition.  Oddly enough, a close listen reveals a little bit of a jam band type of influence here, too.  The whole of these influences makes the song in whole just as solid a closer for the album as ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ is an opener.  Now while the songs noted here join with the album’s singles and the rest of its works to clearly show the power of the record’s arrangements, the arrangements do bring about at least one notable concern, that being the album’s overall pacing.

Bassist Joey Vera said in a recent interview that the run times of the songs featured in Punching The Sky are shorter than those of the album’s predecessor, Win Hands Down“I would have to say that this time, I was conscious about making the songs a little more to the point than the previous record,” he said. “As a result, most of the songs are a little shorter in length than they are on Win Hands Down (2015). ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ being an exception at almost seven minutes!”  Even with the shorter run times, the songs still suffer somewhat from a concern of pacing.  ‘Lone Wolf’ for example clocks in at just under four-and-a-half minutes (4:19 to be exact), but even at that time, there is something about the band’s approach here that makes the song feel like it runs five minutes in length, if not longer.  That is even with the song being a mid-tempo composition.  ‘Unfair’ by comparison, feels extra long, too.  Its run time is listed at four minutes, four seconds.  However, the slow, brooding nature in the song’s arrangement makes that run time feel stretched out even more.  Much the same can be said of the album’s other entries.  While the barely top the five-minute mark at their longest (with the exception of the one noted song from Vera), the songs each feel longer than they actually are.  Maybe that is the result in how they were composed.  Maybe it has to do with the songs’ energies.  Maybe it is both.  Regardless, this one aspect detracts from the record’s overall presentation.  Luckily, the impact that this element has is not enough to make the album a failure.  The record’s production couples with the songs to make up for that aspect of the songs’ pacing.

The production presented in Punching The Sky is positive in that it clearly take into account everything that goes on in each of the album’s songs and balances each arrangement expertly.  Each song is loud and bombastic, save for ‘Unfair.’  The songs liken themselves to the best works of Judas Priest with their ferocity.  That means that the guitars are full throttle and the bass and time keeping are just as strong in their own right.  The vocals offer their own impact along with the instrumentation of each song.  Considering how much is going on in each of the songs, it would have been so easy for each part to overpower the other.  Thankfully, those behind the glass did not allow that to happen.  The guitars are right there with the vocals, and even just below, allowing the vocals to be understood just enough while also allowing the guitars to shine.  At the same time, the harmonies created through the bass are just subtle enough but also just audible enough.  Meanwhile the drums maintain each song’s heartbeat, keeping everybody together without overpowering any of the other parts.  The result is a presentation that sounds just as good aesthetically as it does in terms of its overall presentation.  When this is considered along with the album’s one negative point, the whole of Punching The Sky proves itself a strong, successful new offering from one of the most respected names in rock and metal.

Armored Saint’s new album Punching The Sky is a positive new effort from the band.  That is despite at least one noticeable kink it its own armor.  The record’s arrangements are in themselves just as powerful as ever.  They bring in influences from the 70s, 80s and even 90s for a whole presentation that will appeal to longtime audiences and those less familiar with the band and its catalog.  The production of those arrangements adds even more appeal to the record.  That is because it led to the band members’ respective parts balancing out expertly from beginning to end.  These two elements together make up at least to a point for the record’s one negative, its overall pacing.  The pacing is worth noting in that as powerful as the songs are and as good as they sound, they do generally feel longer than they actually are.  Even with that in mind, the record is not a failure.  Rather, it is a work that is still worth hearing occasionally.  It will certainly still have listeners punching their fists to the sky when they do take it in.  Punching The Sky is scheduled for release Friday.

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.armoredsaint.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

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Armored Saint Debuts ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’ Video

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants‘ Wednesday.  The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album Punching The Sky, which is scheduled for release Oct. 23 through Metal Blade Records.  The band debuted the song’s lead single ‘End of the Attention Span’ and its companion video last month.

The video was directed and produced by Costin Chioreanu for Twilight 13 Media.  It features silhouettes of the band as it performs its new single coupled with a vehicle passing power lines and lamposts. Robert Graves directed the video for A Shadow Beyond.

The footage of the forests and mountains that is also featured as part of the video was shot by a drone shot by Miluta Flueras.  The band performance was shot by Vince Edwards.  Additional credit for the video’s creation goes to Dan Marinescu.

The musical arrangement featured in Armored Saint’s new single presents a driving, modern rock sound and style while its lyrical content comes across as presenting a message of determination and perseverance.  That is especially inferred as front man John Bush sings in the song’s chorus, “As I grow older/I lift this boulder/With strength I chip it away/Standing on the shoulders of giants/Punching the sky every day/As life gets colder/Flames they smolder/Climb so I can survey/Standing on the shoulders of giants/Punching the sky every day.”

Pre-orders are open for Punching The Sky.   It will release through a variety of platforms, which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

– digipak-CD
– ltd. digibook-CD/DVD (incl. 3 bonus tracks)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear purple / white marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dark violet marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– signal orange marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– white w/ purple & red splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– purple / red melt vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– deep purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– lavender marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (US exclusive)

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

Armored Saint will celebrate the release of its new album next month live online.

The band recently announced it will celebrate the release of its new album Punching The Sky at 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 10.  The ticketed event will broadcast live from Hollywood, CA’s famed Whisky A Go Go through the band’s official Facebook page.

The band had the following to say about the upcoming concert in a prepared statement:

“We are very excited about our new record Punching The Sky, and we’d be pleased if you’d join us in this virtual show to help celebrate the release date. In these strange times where none of us can go to see live music anymore, this is the closest thing we can do about that. We will be on stage, cranking it out as we always do. We will certainly be missing seeing all of you in the venue, but we hope you’ll Rock Out with us in the comfort of your own homes!”

The ticket prices come at three separate levels, one including a signed copy of the band’s new album, another a CD and t-shirt, and the other just the t-shirt with the concert stream.  The information on the three levels is noted below.  Ticket purchases will allow audiences to view the concert until Nov. 9.

–ticket plus signed CD of Punching the Sky [$30 (USA only)]
–ticket plus exclusive event tee and signed CD [$65 (USA only)]
–ticket plus exclusive event tee [$55 (USA shipping), $65.00 (Europe shipping)]

Punching The Sky‘s release will come more than five years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Win Hands Down and more than three years after the release of the band’s then latest live recording Carpe Noctum.

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.armoredsaint.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

 

 

 

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Armored Saint Announces Info For ‘Punching The Sky’ Album Release Streaming Show

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint will celebrate the release of its new album this fall live online.

The band recently announced it will celebrate the release of its new album Punching The Sky at 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 10.  The ticketed event will broadcast live from Hollywood, CA’s famed Whisky A Go Go through the band’s official Facebook page.

The band had the following to say about the upcoming concert in a prepared statement:

“We are very excited about our new record Punching The Sky, and we’d be pleased if you’d join us in this virtual show to help celebrate the release date. In these strange times where none of us can go to see live music anymore, this is the closest thing we can do about that. We will be on stage, cranking it out as we always do. We will certainly be missing seeing all of you in the venue, but we hope you’ll Rock Out with us in the comfort of your own homes!”

The ticket prices come at three separate levels, one including a signed copy of the band’s new album, another a CD and t-shirt, and the other just the t-shirt with the concert stream.  The information on the three levels is noted below.  Ticket purchases will allow audiences to view the concert until Nov. 9.

–ticket plus signed CD of Punching the Sky [$30 (USA only)]
–ticket plus exclusive event tee and signed CD [$65 (USA only)]
–ticket plus exclusive event tee [$55 (USA shipping), $65.00 (Europe shipping)]

Punching The Sky is scheduled for release Oct. 23 through Metal Blade Records.

Its release will come more than five years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Win Hands Down and more than three years after the release of the band’s then latest live recording Carpe Noctum.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘End of the Attention Span‘ through its official Metal Blade Records page.

The video — directed by Robert Graves — features the band performing its new single and crosses that with various images of technology and the news media.  The visualization is meant to translate and illustrate the message of how technology and the news industry has proven more detriment than boon to the world.  The song’s musical arrangement meanwhile, is a steady, up-tempo work that is founded in its guitar line.

Bassist Joey Vera talked about the video in a recent interview.

“Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates,” he said. “The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

Pre-orders are open for Punching The Sky.   It will release through a variety of platforms, which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

– digipak-CD
– ltd. digibook-CD/DVD (incl. 3 bonus tracks)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear purple / white marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dark violet marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– signal orange marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– white w/ purple & red splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– purple / red melt vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– deep purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– lavender marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (US exclusive)

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.armoredsaint.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

 

 

 

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Armored Saint Announces Release Date, Specs For New LP; Debuts Video For Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint is scheduled to release its latest album this fall.

The band made the announcement Wednesday.  Its new album Punching The Sky — its eighth album — is scheduled for release Oct. 23 through Metal Blade Records.  Its release will come more than five years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Win Hands Down and more than three years after the release of the band’s then latest live recording Carpe Noctum.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘End of the Attention Span‘ through its official Metal Blade Records page.

The video — directed by Robert Graves — features the band performing its new single and crosses that with various images of technology and the news media.  The visualization is meant to translate and illustrate the message of how technology and the news industry has proven more detriment than boon to the world.  The song’s musical arrangement meanwhile, is a steady, up-tempo work that is founded in its guitar line.

Bassist Joey Vera talked about the video in a recent interview.

“Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates,” he said. “The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

Pre-orders are open for Punching The Sky.   It will release through a variety of platforms, which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

– digipak-CD
– ltd. digibook-CD/DVD (incl. 3 bonus tracks)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear purple / white marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dark violet marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– signal orange marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– white w/ purple & red splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– purple / red melt vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– deep purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– lavender marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (US exclusive)

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.armoredsaint.com

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Armored Saint Plots South, North American Summer Tour Dates; Announces Album Re-Issue

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint is going to be very busy this summer.

The band recently announced new live dates in South and North America, with a string of live dates in South America coming first. The veteran hard rock band’s week-long tour in South America, which runs from June 2 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to June 8 in Bogota, Colombia, will be its first time ever touring the continent.  That tour schedule is noted below.

Armored Saint tour dates
June 2 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Uniclub
June 3 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Fabrique Club
June 5 – Lima, PE @ Discoteca Cocos
June 7 – Santiago, CL @ La Batuta
June 8 – Bogota, CO @ TBC

While the tour will be the first for Armored Saint, front man John Bush, who has toured the continent previously, said he was looking forward to the trip.

“I went to South America twice with Anthrax and can easily say that those were some of the best shows I did in my life,” Bush said.  “The rabid fans of places like Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile are die hards of music.  Their enthusiasm is unprecedented.  Also looking forward to going to Colombia for the first time.  Can’t wait!  The Saint’s Latin roots should be in full force.  It’s a perfect match.”

Bassist Joey Vera said he was also looking forward to the first-time trip to South America.

“After 35 long years, we’re finally going to tour in South America,” Vera said.  “The long wait was bitter, but the experience playing for you all will be oh so sweet.  See you soon.”

 

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

After taking some time off to rest and recharge, Armored Saint will hit the road again for a month-long plus North American tour that will see it perform its classic 1991 album Symbol of Salvation in its entirety.  Some of the shows on that run, which is currently set to run from July 10 in Pughkeepsie, NY to August 18 in Los Angeles, CA, will be recorded for an upcoming live DVD recording.

The band’s upcoming North American tour schedule is noted below.

Armored Saint ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ tour dates
w/ Act Of Defiance

July 10 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
July 11 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
July 13 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
July 14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
July 15 – Montreal, QC – Petite Campus
July 17 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
July 18 – Cleveland, OH – The Cambridge at House of Blues
July 20 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
July 21 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
July 22 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Aug. 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
Aug. 17 – Anaheim, CA – Parish at House of Blues
Aug. 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

As a bonus for audiences, Metal Blade Records will re-issue Symbol of Salvation on Friday, May 18.  The album will be re-issued on separate CD and LP platforms.  The re-issues’ specs and track listings are noted below.

–CD (tour edition digipak w/ 4 bonus tracks)
–180g black vinyl
–dark red maroon marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear red/purple/black/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–violet rosy brown marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–pastel pink lilac marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)

CD track-listing:
1. Reign of Fire
2. Dropping Like Flies
3. Last Train Home
4. Tribal Dance
5. The Truth Always Hurts
6. Half Drawn Bridge
7. Another Day
8. Symbol of Salvation
9. Hanging Judge
10. Warzone
11. Burning Question
12. Tainted Past
13. Spineless
14. Medieval Nightmares (Demo)
15. Get Lost (Demo)
16. Toungue and Cheek (Demo)
17. Pirates (Demo)

Vinyl track-listing:
Side A
1. Reign of Fire
2. Dropping Like Flies
3. Last Train Home
4. Tribal Dance
5. The Truth Always Hurts
6. Half Drawn Bridge
7. Another Day
Side B
8. Symbol of Salvation
9. Hanging Judge
10. Warzone
11. Burning Question
12. Tainted Past
13. Spineless

Pre-orders are open now via Indie Merch, EMP and eBay.  Each bundle comes with a T-shirt emblazoned with the Symbol of Salvation cover art.

Bush said of SOS that it was and is Armored Saint’s most important album to date.

Symbol of Salvation! Arguably Armored Saint’s most important record,” Bush said.  These songs came out of us being dropped from Chrysalis Records and finding out about guitarist Dave Prichard developing leukemia.  The songs took on a much more emotional meaning than any other previous record.  We wrote songs of desperation like ‘Another Day’ and ‘Last Train Home,’ experimental tunes like ‘Tainted Past’ and ‘The Truth Always Hurts’ and classic Saint rockers like ‘Rein of Fire,’ ‘Dropping Like Flies’ and the title track.”

Bush added what happened after those trials was critical to the band’s life and that he and the band are looking forward to the upcoming North American dates.

“After Dave passed, the band regrouped, with Phil and Jeff returning as the guitar tandem.  It was a family again,” Bush said.  “Dave Jerden produced the record and this marked the beginning of Joey becoming the producer of the band.  It’s going to be a memorable tour.  Songs like ‘Burning Question’ and ‘Spineless’ we’ve never played live before.  Come share it with us.  Let’s make Dave proud.”

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Rare Hendrix Archived Live Recording Takes Top Honors On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 Live CDs List

Courtesy: Dagger Records/Experience Hendrix, LLC

Experiencing live concert events is not an easy thing in this day and age.  Between the collective costs of attending (I.E. pricey tickets, gas, souvenirs, possible lodging, food & drink, etc.), perhaps the general lack of time to attend depending on circumstances, or maybe the very fact that audiences’ favorite acts didn’t include certain cities on their tours, there is a lot that plays into the inability to attend live events.  Keeping this in mind, not all hope is lost, thanks to all of the live recordings released each year by so many acts.  Some are released as full bundle packages while others are released just as DVDs or Blu-rays.  Some are even released solely on CD.  Regardless of the platforms, the availability of so many live recordings is unquestionably important for audiences.  Staying on that topic, the live CDs made available are worth noting in their own right.  That is the the case regardless of whether or not said CDs are bundled with DVD or Blu-ray counterparts.  That is because, again, even if the CDs come alongside a live audio visual component, that audio only component can and does oftentimes, translate differently than DVD and Blu-ray recordings.  Keeping this in mind, Phil’s Picks is offering a list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Included in this year’s list are standalone CD recordings and CDs included as part of bundles.  The titles featured in this year’s list include live recordings from Curtis Knight, Jon Cleary, Alter Bridge, The Dead Daisies and many others.  Simply put, they run the gamut from one genre to another across the musical universe.  Topping this year’s list is Dagger Records and Experience Hendrix, LLC’s new Jimi Hendrix recording Curtis Knight featuring Jimi Hendrix Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966.  This live recording features performances by Hendrix well before he became an international superstar — performances that showed his talent even then.  Also included in this year’s list are recordings from Foghat, Alter Bridge, Armored Saint and others.  As is the case with every Phil’s Picks year-ender, this list features the top 10 best new titles plus five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Staying on that note, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966
  2. Alter Bridge — Live at The 02 & Rarities
  3. Jon Cleary — Live at the Chickie Wah Wah
  4. Foghat — Live at The Belly Up
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  6. Armored Saint — Carpe Noctum
  7. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  8. Black Sabbath — The End
  9. The Rolling Stones — Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  10. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years Live in Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  13. Def Leppard — …And There Will Be A Next Time
  14. Joe Bonamassa — Live at Carnegie Hall
  15. Fates Warning — Awaken The Guardian Live

That’s it for this list, but not for the live recordings lists.  Still on tap in this category is the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs as well as the year’s top new live recordings overall.  Before getting there though, there is at least one last list in the form of the year’s top new albums overall.  That one’s coming soon, so stay tuned.

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Armored Saint Fans Will Want To Get Their Hands On ‘Carpe Noctum’

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records had quite a year in 2016, putting out impressive new recordings from Amon Amarth, Wovenwar, Artillery and a number of others.  One of the leading labels in the metal community, Metal Blade has wasted little time in 2017 getting things going.  It will open the new year late next month with the release of Armored Saint’s new live recording Carpe Noctum.  The eight-song, 38-minute recording isn’t necessarily a career-defining collection of songs, but is still impressive in its own right.  It is just one of the elements to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note in examining the recording’s presentation as its set list.  Considering that the recording will seemingly only be released on CD, its audio mix rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  All things considered, Carpe Noctum proves to be a recording that Armored Saint fans new and old alike will appreciate.

Armored Saint’s latest live recording Carpe Noctum is a collection of live performances that fans new and old alike will appreciate.  The eight-song, 38-minute recording will be released in stores and online Feb. 24 via Metal Blade Records.  The main element to be examined in this recording is its set list.  The set list takes audiences all the way back to the band’s 1984 debut full-length album March of the Saint and all the way up to the band’s most recent album Win Hands Down (2015).  Along the way, three more of the band’s nine total albums are represented here.  The albums in question are its 1985 sophomore record Delirious Nomad, its 1991 album Symbol of Salvation and its 2010 record La Raza.  According to Metal Blade Records’ summary description of the set list, it appears the set list was pulled from Armored Saint’s set at the 2015 Wacken Open Air Festival and its headlining show at Aschaffenburg, Germany.  In other words, the set list presented here is not one complete concert, but seemingly a collection of performances from two separate concerts.  That would likely account for why the recording features such a limited number of songs in its defense.  This is a good thing in its own right, too.  That is because it provides audiences a more diverse representation of the band’s live show.  Again, fans new and old alike will appreciate this aspect of the recording.

Carpe Noctum’s 8-song, 38-minute set list is an important piece of the recording’s overall presentation.  That is because while not necessarily career-defining, it does at least present some highlights from the band’s extensive span of records.  It also provides audiences a relatively diverse representation of the band’s live show.  That is because it allegedly pulls from not one but two of the band’s live shows.  While the recording’s set list is clearly an important piece of its whole, it is only one of the pieces of the recording that should be considered in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  The band’s performance of said songs is just as important to note as the songs themselves.  Audiences will note in taking in these performances that the band’s members largely let their performances do the talking for them.  Since this recording is only available on CD, it is difficult to know if the songs presented here were presented in the same order as in the original performances.  There could have been some interaction with the audience between songs at those performances.  Again, that can’t be determined here.  That aside, the band members’ performances do plenty to keep listeners’ engaged.  Front man John Bush commands the stage with each performance, his pipes in prime condition.  Drummer Gonzo Sandoval keeps the band moving in each song with his solid time keeping.  The dual guitar approach of Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan adds even more depth to the band’s stage presence.  Of course one would be remiss to ignore bassist Joey Vera’s work on the low end.  Each band member’s performance in itself plays its own critical part to the whole of the performances. They cut through solidly throughout the recording, too.  Altogether, the band members’ performances prove to be just as enjoyable here as the concert’s set list itself.  One can’t help but hope Metal Blade Records will release the concert on DVD and/or Blu-ray, though.  One would be safe assuming those performances would hold even more significance when able to be seen and heard, and not just heard.  Even with that in mind, the band’s overall performances throughout the recording still proves to be just as important to the recording’s presentation as the sets’ featured songs.  While the band members’ performances prove to be just as important to the recording’s presentation as the recording’s featured set list, neither element would be worth discussing without mention of the concert’s audio mix.

The set list at the center of Armored Saint’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key pieces of the recording’s overall presentation.  That has already been discussed.  They are only a pair of the recording’s most important elements.  Its audio mix forms the recording’s foundation, especially considering that the recording is currently available only on CD.  Those responsible for the recording’s audio mix are to be given their due credit here.  That is because they expertly handled the situation presented in each setting.  The Wacken performances were open, outdoor performances.  This critic can’t say for certain if the band’s other featured performance was outdoor, too.  That aside, those behind the recording’s audio engineering expertly balanced each musician’s part.  No one part overpowered the others at any point throughout the recording.  What’s more, inside or out, audiences aren’t left feeling like they’re listening to a bootleg recording, either.  Believe it or not, there are some “professional” live recordings out there that do in fact sound more like bootlegs than professional recordings.  This recording is not in that category.  To that end, the balance of that element and the balance of the musicians’ own parts in each song proves the importance of the recording’s audio mix to its whole, too.  When that element is set alongside the concert’s set list and the band members’ equally entertaining performances, the whole of the recording proves to be a collection of live performances that Armored Saint fans old and new alike will appreciate.

Armored Saint’s upcoming live recording Carpe Noctum is a collection of live performances that fans new and old alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to its 8-song, 38-minute set list.  The set list isn’t necessarily a career-defining collection of performances.  It only pulls from five of the band’s nine total full-length studio recordings.  However, it does go all the way back to the band’s 1984 debut record and up to the band’s most recent album, 2015’s Win Hands Down.  The set list also allegedly pulls from not one but two of the band’s recent live shows.  The band’s performance of the featured songs is just as enjoyable as the songs themselves.  The audio engineering presented in the recording forms its foundation.  It balances each of the band members’ parts and handles the settings in which the performances were held just as expertly.  Each element is important to note in its own right, as has been noted.  All things considered, they show, once again, that this latest live recording from Armored Saint is a collection of live performances that Armed Saint fans old and new alike will appreciate.  It will be released Feb. 24 in stores and online via Metal Blade Records.  More information on Carpe Noctum is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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