Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA  
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Armored Saint

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 early potential. 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 Anthrax, 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.

Current Members

John Bush

vocals (ex-Anthrax)

Jeff Duncan

guitars (ex-Odin)

Phil Sandoval

guitars

Joey Vera

bass (Arch/Matheos, ex-Engine, Fates Warning, Motor Sister, guest for O.S.I., ex-Seven Witches, guest for Seven Witches)

Gonzo Sandoval

drums

Former Members/Guests

David Pritchard

guitars RIP: February 27, 1990, leukemia, age 26



Discography



Armored Saint  EP
1983 Metal Blade
  1. Lesson Well Learned
  2. False Alarm
  3. On the Way
  • John Bush
  • David Pritchard
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Joey Vera
  • Gonzo Sandoval



March Of The Saint  
1984 Chrysalis
  1. March of the Saint
  2. Can U Deliver
  3. Mad House
  4. Take a Turn
  5. Seducer
  6. Mutiny on the World
  7. Glory Hunter
  8. Stricken by Fate
  9. Envy
  10. False Alarm
  • John Bush
  • David Pritchard
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Joey Vera
  • Gonzo Sandoval



Delirious Nomad  
1985 Chrysalis
  1. Long Before I Die
  2. Nervous Man
  3. Over The Edge
  4. The Laugh
  5. Conqueror
  6. For The Sake Of Heaviness
  7. Aftermath
  8. In The Hole
  9. You're Never Alone
  10. Released
  • John Bush
  • David Pritchard
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Joey Vera
  • Gonzo Sandoval
1985 Readers' Album #9




Raising Fear  
1987 Chrysalis
  1. Raising Fear
  2. Saturday Night Special
  3. Out On A Limb
  4. Isolation
  5. Chemical Euphoria
  6. Crisis Of Life
  7. Frozen Will
  8. Legacy
  9. Human Vulture
  10. Book Of Blood
  11. Terror
  12. Underdogs
  • John Bush
  • David Pritchard
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Joey Vera
  • Gonzo Sandoval



Saints Will Conquer  LIVE
1989 Metal Blade
  1. Raising Fear
  2. Nervous Man
  3. Chemical Euphoria
  4. Book Of Blood
  5. Can U Deliver
  6. Long Before I Die
  7. Mad House
  8. No Reason To Live
  • John Bush
  • David Pritchard
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Joey Vera
  • Gonzo Sandoval



Symbol Of Salvation  
1991 Metal Blade
  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
  • John Bush
  • Jeff Duncan
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Joey Vera
  • Gonzo Sandoval
1991 Readers' Album #13




Revelation  
2000 Metal Blade
  1. Pay Dirt
  2. The Pillar
  3. After Me, the Flood
  4. Tension
  5. Creepy Feelings
  6. Damaged
  7. Den of Thieves
  8. Control Issues
  9. No Me Digas
  10. Deep Rooted Anger
  11. What's Your Pleasure
  12. Upon My Departure
  • John Bush
  • Jeff Duncan
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Joey Vera
  • Gonzo Sandoval



Nod To The Old School  
2001 Metal Blade
  1. Real Swagger
  2. Unstable
  3. March Of The Saint
  4. Day Of The Eagle
  5. Never Satisfied
  6. Tainted Past
  7. After Me, The Flood
  8. Creepy Feelings
  9. Lesson Well Learned
  10. False Alarm
  11. On The Way
  12. Stricken By Fate
  13. You Can Run But You Can't Hide
  14. Betty '79
  15. People (1989 4-Track Demo)
  16. Get Lost (1989 4-Track Demo)
  17. Tongue And Cheek (1989 4-Track Demos)
  18. Pirates (1989 4-Track Demos)
  19. Medieval Nightmares (1989 4-Track Demos)
  • John Bush
  • Jeff Duncan
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Joey Vera
  • Gonzo Sandoval



A Trip Thru Red Times  VIDEO
2003 Metal Blade



Lessons Not Well Learned  VIDEO
2004 Metal Blade



2009 Australian Tour Compilation  COMPILATION
2009 Metal Blade
  1. March Of The Saint (2001 version)
  2. Reign of Fire
  3. Last Train Home
  4. Tribal Dance
  5. Symbol Of Salvation
  6. Hanging Judge
  7. The Pillar
  8. After Me, The Flood
  9. Nervous Man (live)
  10. Chemical Euphoria (live)
  11. Lone Before I Die (live)
  12. Can U Deliver (live)
  13. Madhouse (live)



La Raza  
2010 Metal Blade
  1. Loose Cannon
  2. Head On
  3. Left Hook from Right Field
  4. Get Off the Fence
  5. Chilled
  6. La Raza
  7. Black Feet
  8. Little Monkey
  9. Blues
  10. Bandit Country
  • John Bush
  • Jeff Duncan
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Joey Vera
  • Gonzo Sandoval
2010 Readers' Album #38




Win Hands Down  
2015 Metal Blade
  1. Win Hands Down
  2. Mess
  3. An Exercise in Debauchery
  4. Muscle Memory
  5. That Was Then, Way Back When
  6. With a Head Full of Steam
  7. In an Instant
  8. Dive
  9. Up Yours
  • John Bush
  • Jeff Duncan
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Joey Vera
  • Gonzo Sandoval
2015 Readers' Album #5





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