Though Armored Saint acheived a reasonable level of success in the
mid-eighties (and is enjoying renewed popularity since reforming
in 1999), it can be argued that they never quite lived up to their
The band was hugely popular in the LA club circuit in their early
years, and big things were predicted by many.
But the superstardom never quite materialized, with one frequent
explanation being their
signing to a major label (Chrysalis) that really had no
idea how to promote a metal band.
The albums that followed the signing were capable, Priest-inspired
metal, fine in many respects but perhaps lacking a certain something
that might have propelled them further.
With the passing of guitarist David Pritchard due to leukemia in
1990, the band lost heart, managing to finish the
Symbol Of Salvation album in tribute to Pritchard before
John Bush departed to
at which point the band called it a day.
It would be seven years before the Salvation lineup decided
to reform, eventually releasing the well-received
Revelation album in 2000.
With core members Joey Vera and John Bush involved in
a host of other bands and projects,
band activity has been sporadic of late, though they did release
a new album in 2010.
Recent album: Punching The Sky,
released on October 23, 2020.