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Armored Saint

Formed: 1982
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Armored Saint News

Below is our complete Armored Saint news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Wacken 2015 CD/DVD Set Announced

Just in time for 2016's Wacken Open Air that will see another 75,000 metalheads having the time of their lives, UDR Music is pleased to announce the release of "Live At Wacken 2015 - 26 Years Louder Than Hell.

This double CD/DVD (or BluRay) set is hitting North American stores on August 26th. Transport yourself back to 2015's stellar lineup with over 120 bands on eight stages. The full track listing is as follows:

DVD1 / Blu-ray1:
01. JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller
02. IN FLAMES - Paralyzed
03. IN FLAMES - Everything's Gone
04. AMORPHIS - My Kantele
05. AMORPHIS - Magic And Mayhem
06. RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger
07. RUNNING WILD - Riding The Storm
08. BEYOND THE BLACK - Rage Before The Storm
09. BEYOND THE BLACK - Songs Of Love And Death
10. ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ - Horsemen
11. ARMORED SAINT - Left Hook From Right Field
12. ANNIHILATOR - Creepin' Again
13. ANNIHILATOR - Alison Hell
14. DEATH ANGEL - Voracious Soul
15. DEATH ANGEL - Buried Alive
16. EXUMER - Possessed By Fire
17. BURGERKILL - Under The Scars
18. SABATON - To Hell And Back
19. SABATON - Night Witches
20. DANKO JONES - The Twisting Knife
21. DANKO JONES - Full Of Regret
22. ULI JON ROTH - Dark Lady
23. ULI JON ROTH - Virgin Killer
24. THE POODLES - Night Of Passion
25. EUROPE - War Of Kings
26. EUROPE - The Second Day More...

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Armored Saint Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Following upcoming summer/fall tour dates, the mighty Armored Saint will head back out on the road this November/December as direct support to Queensryche. Midnight Eternal will also join this USA trek.

Vocalist John Bush comments: "Armored Saint is looking forward to doing some shows this winter with Queensryche. They're an incredible band and great guys. Plus it's a great match for the fans. We did some shows together in Europe last summer and the gigs were awesome. There are some cities in America that Saint hasn't played in years. Some over a decade! I'm sure people are very excited that we're finally coming. It's about time. We'll kick some ass. Get ready!!!" More...

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Queensryche Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Internationally renowned Seattle based metal outfit Queensryche has announced a next headlining tour throughout the United States.

The month long trek will take place this fall, starting on November 15th in Seattle, WA and concluding on December 15th in Colorado Springs, CO. Queensryche will be joined by the iconic Armored Saint as direct support, along with Midnight Eternal on all dates.

The band continues to perform across the world on the strength of latest full-length album, "Condition Human," which was released in October (2015). Dates for the Fall headlining tour can be found below.

Speaking about the upcoming U.S. tour and playing with Armored Saint, Queensryche vocalist Todd La Torre comments: "We are pleased to announce that we will be hitting the road this November with the one and only Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal. We're looking forward to seeing all of you for this great billing of musical diversity and high energy performances! Come join the Ryche this November - December!"

Lead guitarist and founding member Michael Wilton also gave his thoughts on the band's Fall dates, saying, "Queensryche is proud to be embarking on our Fall 2016 - Condition Human US tour with special guests Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal! We encourage our fans to come out for this one and prepare yourselves for some high energy rock shows!" More...

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Armored Saint Hitting The Road With Metal Church

Starting this June, the mighty Armored Saint will head back out on the road, playing to fans across the world this summer. The first run of dates kicks off in the USA, with the band joining Metal Church for a special west coast trek.

Armored Saint's Joey Vera (bass) comments: "We're super excited to go back out for some select dates this summer. The June dates with Metal Church are a fan-made match that is sure to be an amazing time!"

As previously reported, Armored Saint will also make several European festival and club appearances this July, before concluding a world tour in Japan at Loud Park. See below for all upcoming dates! More...

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Armored Saint Announces New Live Appearances

This summer, the mighty Armored Saint will head back out on the road, performing for fans across the world.

The band will make several European festival and club appearances in July (including Armored Saint's first show in Spain) and then the global trek concludes with a performance at Japan's Loud Park Festival in October.

Armored Saint's Joey Vera (bass) comments: "We're super excited to go back out for some select dates this summer. The festivals in Europe are always killer! And for our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough - Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan! Loud Park Festival Oct 8 & 9! We look forward to seeing you all out there!"

July 14 - London, UK - Underworld
July 16 - Barcelona, Spain - Rock Fest Barcelona @ Parc de Can
July 28 - Brande-Hornerkirchen, Germany - Headbangers Open Air
July 29 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Saarmageddon @ Messegelande
July 30 - Essen, Germany - Nord Open Air
Oct. 8 - Tokyo, Japan - Loud Park Festival More...

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Metal Blade Posts Hellfest Footage

Last June, the premier annual metal festival in France - Hellfest - boasted three day's worth of shows from some of the best acts in the scene.

For the first time, Metal Blade TV was present at the fest, ready to capture live performances from the label's artists, as well as exclusive interviews with host Don Jamieson.

Check out multi-camera footage of Cannibal Corpse, Armored Saint, Ensiferum, and Twitching Tongues below.

For the upcoming 2016 installment of Hellfest, Metal Blade artists Amon Amarth, King Diamond, Sacred Reich, Primordial, Cattle Decapitation, Entrails, and DragonForce are set to appear over the course of June 17th - 19th in Clisson, France. More...

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Armored Saint Posts New Music Video

Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint has had a banner year with the release of seventh studio album, "Win Hands Down," in addition to playing massive European festivals, crushing the masses across a North American co-headlining run with metal legends Saxon, and now wrapping-up the year with a very striking new music video for the blistering new track, “An Exercise In Debauchery."

The clip was shot by Brian Cox (Hollywood Undead, Prong) and can be seen below, courtesy of Loudwire. John Bush (vocals) states:

"I’m so happy with the way this video turned out. The song has a heavy subject matter and the video compliments it perfectly. There’s also a feeling of campiness which makes the viewer fade in & out of being uncomfortable and having a chuckle. The actors did a great job and personal props to my neighbor Sharon who let it all out as the police officer. Oh yeah, the band looks bad ass as well. Debauchery indeed."

Joey Vera (bass) further adds: "We're psyched to play these upcoming shows. First at M15 in Corona, CA. We haven't played Riverside County in a long time, so this is gonna be sick! Then after Thanksgiving, we head out to Europe for two headline shows and two festivals with legends Accept. What a great way for us to end this year. We're cooking up more shows for 2016, so we'll see you all soon!” More...

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ProgPower USA XVI, Part 2: Project Dragonland

Daybreak…..September 10th. Going out to the Artmore the previous evening was lame by comparison to the rest of the weekend. Though sold out, the Mid-Week Mayhem show after party just isn’t as big because many of the fans and musicians haven’t arrived to the area quite yet, so a 3:00am turn in time may as well have been midnight.

Waking at 7:00am, I trudged over to the Residence Inn’s quality free hot breakfast on floor 2. Today was the day….it would all hang on Dragonland – the band I’ve been lusting over since the announcement came a year ago. The Kick-Off event has always been a special occasion, but since Nathan Block of Swordlord took over, the bar has been raised dramatically…for me. That is, if you are a power metal fanboy, Nathan is your man. More...

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Armored Saint Posts Live Footage

Armored Saint is on the road now with Saxon and the tour continues tonight in Washington D.C. with the remaining dates listed below.

Earlier this summer, Armored Saint performed a special headlining gig at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas to a sold out crowd. The show was captured on film and two tracks were cut to serve as official live "bootlegs." Watch the classic Saint track "Dropping Like Flies" and a new song, "Mess," below.

Bassist Joey Vera offered up a comment about the tour: "We're stoked to be out here again with our friends Saxon. This is such a great package tour for the fans and us alike. So far we've done Progpower Atlanta, Stafford Springs, CT and Portland, ME and every gig has been met with rabid fans. Love it! Looking forward to DC today and then we move into the Midwest. See you out there!"

09/15 Washington, DC Howard
09/16 Westland, MI Token Lounge
09/17 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
09/18 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
09/19 Dayton, OH Oddbody's Music Room
09/20 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
End Tour

11/14 Corona, CA M15 Concert Bar and Grill More...

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Persefone Dropped From ProgPower USA

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Andorra's Persefone is the latest band to be cancelled from the 2015 roster, in part due to visa issues. The USCIS has reared its ugly head causing the most issues since 2009 for the annual festival.

Harveston explains: "Unfortunately, this situation is not a simple as the Morgana Lefay cancellation, although the visa process is once again at the root of things. It is no secret now the USCIS center in Vermont is running 4-6 weeks behind their normal schedule assuming there is no RFE (request for evidence). We technically still have three weeks we can wait to receive these visas and then schedule the mandatory interviews. However, Persefone booked a European tour in June with the assumption they would have completed the interviews prior to kicking off their tour. They cannot complete any interviews while on tour. I requested they wait until after the tour and then complete the interviews as there was still possibly time. I was informed the day job of one of the band members prevents him from traveling to Madrid during that time frame, especially with no specific date to schedule currently. Thus, I am left with no choice but to cancel the band now.

"I know these types of explanations are frustrating to you, the fans. There is simply nothing that can be done. In the immortal words of the great American poet, Jimmy Buffett, 'Breathe in..Breathe Out..Move On.' Please know that there is no animosity between the band and myself. I truly understand and empathize with their situation. I wish the band nothing but the best and will continue to support them in the future."

Within hours of the announcement, Canada's Unleash the Archers was added to the bill. The latest roster list is as follows: More...

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Jeff Scott Soto To Replace Morgana Lefay At PPUSA

Legendary hard rock/metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, T.S.O., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) has been confirmed for the sold-out ProgPower USA festival this year in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing Sweden's Morgan Lefay, who became the latest victim of the USICS Visa System. In a special performance, Jeff will celebrate his entire 30 year career at the festival performing songs from many of his bands along the way, including Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Pell Rudi, W.E.T., Rock Star, as well as his solo releases.

Jeff stated: "Having known about the ProgPower USA fest for years, I'm proud to be invited to present the ONLY US show this year with my 30th anniversary show! Me and the boys couldn't be more excited to rock Atlanta!"

Promoter Glenn Harveston added: "I’m honestly still in awe Jeff has graciously stepped up to the plate to help us out at the last minute. I can say I have never had such an amazing and quick conversation with an artist when it comes to booking a band. That is not only a sign of a true professional, but someone wanting to perform for our festival audience. Nothing fires up this crowd more than knowing a legendary name like Jeff Scott Soto actually wants to be in Atlanta. I'd also like to thank Sun Hill Management for the great response time."

Jeff Scott Soto recently took part in the sold out T.S.O./Savatage two stage spectacle at Wacken this past weekend. His latest solo release "Inside the Vertigo," under the monikor Soto, was released by earMusic back in January. More...

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Armored Saint Announces U.S. Shows With Saxon

Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint will join back up with Saxon for some additional shows in the U.S. this fall to continue touring in support of seventh studio album "Win Hands Down."

The group will also only be performing one very special headlining date in the U.S. this year and it's in Las Vegas at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar and Grill on July 11th, so don't miss out if you are in the area.

Joey Vera states: "We had such a great time playing these dates with Saxon last May, and now they've asked us to join them again in September? We're In! It's an honor sharing the stage with Saxon and we're super glad we get to bring this great package to other parts of the country. See you all soon."

Vocalist John Bush added: "What can we say? The first six shows with Saxon were so good, we added more! We're playing cities in the midwest that we haven't played in years: Cleveland, Detroit, D.C. among others. Plus, San Diego! It's been awhile, thanks for your patience! The guys in Saxon are extremely cool. We look forward to kicking ass throughout America with them. Let's do this. Win Hands Down!!!" More...

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D.C. Cooper Pulls Out Of PPUSA KO Show, Saxon In

D.C. Cooper, vocalist for Royal Hunt, has pulled out of the ProgPower USA Kick off show in Atlanta, GA, set for September 10th at Center Stage, citing an undisclosed reason. Just today, it was revealed on Saxon's Facebook Page that the band along with Armored Saint will replace Cooper and play with previously announced acts Dragonland and Almah. The official announcement from Swordlord Productions and ProgPower USA was expected for noon EST today.

The pull out does not affect Cooper's performance of Royal Hunt on the main festival roster. The statement reads: "It is with great disappointment and sadness the we are announcing the cancellation of the DC Cooper solo performance at the 2105 Atlanta ProgPowerUSA Kick-Off Party on Sept. 10th 2015.. Due to circumstances beyond his control, or anyone elses control, DC Cooper had to make this tough decision to withdraw from the Kick-Off Concert. Hopefully, we will be able to elaborate more on the situation in the near future. But,at this time, this is all the information we have.

"DC Cooper wishes to convey the following message,...'I want to thank everyone involved for their professionalism and enthusiasm that helped bring this together up to this point. Nathan Block and his festival team, Dave Watson, Kenny Porter Julian Nieser, and many others! Thank you, and my sincere apologies! Especially my warmest Thanks to the fans and friends who were to attend. Your support is never-ending and much appreciated!'"

"DCE/Studio747 wants to also convey. The ProgPower USA performance of Royal Hunt on Sept. 12th, 2015 WILL NOT BE AFFECTED!, in any way at all. Royal Hunt will perform their highly acclaimed and successful album, 'Paradox' in its entirety on Saturday night! This still will be a performance that should not be missed!

"One last note,....The DC Cooper solo cd with TEAM DC is in full swing and coming along nicely with incredible results! The TEAM hopes to have an early fall release if all goes well. The team has been working tirelessly on the production, and it has now become the highest priority!
"Thank you all so much once again to everyone! I will see you in Atlanta,...still,...for PPGUSA2015!" More...

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Armored Saint Streaming Full Album

Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint is set to release a seventh studio album on May 29th / June 1st. The album, "Win Hands Down," is now also available for streaming in full via the SoundCloud player below.

Vocalist John Bush will also be a guest on the Full Metal Jackie radio show this weekend - find a station airing/streaming the show over here. See the band live with Saxon on these dates:

05/29 San Jose, CA Rockbar
05/30 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
06/19 Clisson, FR Hellfest
07/11 Las Vegas, NV Counts' Vamp'd Rock Bar and Grill
07/30 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/02 Munich, DE Free & Easy Festival
08/03 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg w/ Queensryche
08/04 Eindhoven, NL Effenaar w/ Queensryche
08/06 London, GB Electric Ballroom w/ Queensryche
08/07 Derby, GB Bloodstock Festival
08/08 Kortrijk, BE Alcatraz Festival
12/04 Hamburg, DE Waterkant X-Mas Bash
12/05 Oberhausen, DE Ruhrpott Metal Meeting More...

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Armored Saint Streams "An Exercise In Debauchery"

After premiering the track this weekend via Full Metal Jackie's radio show, Armored Saint has now released "An Exercise In Debauchery" online for streaming. Give it a listen below (stream hosted by LAWeekly.com).

Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint is set to release seventh studio album "Win Hands Down" on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT. More...

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Armored Saint Premiering New Track

Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint is set to release a seventh studio album this summer. The album, "Win Hands Down," is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015.

The album is scheduled for release on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT.

Following the release of previous songs "Mess" and the title track "Win Hands Down," Armored Saint will this weekend drop new track "An Exercise in Debauchery" via Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. Find a station to listen over here.

You can also see the band live on these upcoming tour dates: More...

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Armored Saint Announces L.A. Headline Show

Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint is set to release a seventh studio album this summer. The album, "Win Hands Down," is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015.

The album is scheduled for release on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT. A limited number of European deluxe box set bundles have been imported for North American fans. Those bundles can be ordered now at this location.

Armored Saint is also proud to be joining the legendary Saxon for a few select, high profile shows across the country from May 12th through May 30th. The group will also only be performing one, very special headlining date in the U.S. this year in Las Vegas at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar and Grill on July 11th. See Armored Saint live: More...

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Armored Saint Streams A Real "Mess"

Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint is set to release a seventh studio album this summer. The album, "Win Hands Down," is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015.

The album is scheduled for release on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT. Armored Saint has partnered up with Loudwire to debut the brand new track, “Mess.” Check it out below.

John Bush (vocals) states: “Powerful music required some powerful lyrics. It was made clear by the chanting sounds of the tribal groups at the beginning of the song all the way to the frantic chorus. It sounded like chaos. Possibly the heaviest song Armored Saint has ever written.

"I continue to marvel at the amount of garbage that’s created on our planet. Whether it’s food or other disposable items. We could blame groups like Monsanto and that would certainly be valid, but it all comes back to personal accountability. We could all do better. Waste dirty’s up our beautiful cities and planet. We’re consuming maniacs. All you can eat buffets offered to a third of Americans who are obese doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. That is unless were trying to kill ourselves. What a mess." More...

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Armored Saint Premieres New Music Video

California metal legends Armored Saint have announced they will release their first album in five years entitled "Win Hands Down."

The sixth full-length studio effort will be issued on June 2nd via Metal Blade Records. Today the band premieres a brand new video for the title track "Win Hands Down." Check it out now below. The album's track listing is:

01. Win Hands Down
02. Mess
03. An Exercise In Debauchery
04. Muscle Memory
05. That Was Then, Way Back When
06. With a Full Head of Steam
07. In an Instant
08. Dive
09. Up Yours More...

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Armored Saint Announces New Album, Release Date

California metal legends Armored Saint announced that the band will release the first album in five years entitled "Win Hands Down." The sixth full length studio effort will be issued on June 2nd via Metal Blade Records.

Vocalist John Bush commented: "When we began talking about a new record I told Joey Vera (bass) to pretend we were a really huge band and that we could do anything we wanted. At least that was the mindset we should have, from the writing to the production. What came out was ‘Win Hands Down,’ which is our first record in five years. There’s everything from classic Armored Saint rocker songs to epic songs and we all dug deep to deliver something special. If we weren’t going to, then we shouldn’t have bothered. I’m glad we did. In May we are doing some shows in the States with Saxon. It’s a great way to get the ball rolling."

Bassist Joey Vera added: "We’re very excited about our new record coming out in June! We’ve been writing over the past year and half and we feel like we’ve written some amazing music. We can’t wait to share it!"

Armored Saint will hit the road for select dates in support of Saxon's limited North American run on the following dates:

May 12th - New York City, NY - BB Kings
May 13th - Worcester, MA - The Palladium (Upstairs)
May 23rd - San Antonio, TX - 210 Kapone's Live
May 24th - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live
May 29th - San Jose, CA - Rock Bar
May 30th - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues

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