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Armored Saint

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

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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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Death Angel And Armored Saint To Tour Australia

Old school metal fans in Australia will be in for a treat in March as Death Angel and Armored Saint will be teaming up for a tour. No word yet if any more bands will be on the bill.

The tour dates are as follows:

March 10th - Brisbane - The Tivoli Theatre
March 11th - Melbourne - Billboard The Venue
March 12th - Sydney - The Forum
March 13th - Adelaide - HQ
March 15th - Perth - The Capitol

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DC4 Reveals Cover Art For "Explode"

Chavis Records have unveiled the cover artwork for the new DC4 release, "EXPLODE." "EXPLODE" is set to be released in October and features 10 tracks. DC4 features current and former members of Dio, Armored Saint and Odin with Jeff Duncan on vocals/guitar, Rowan Robertson on guitar, Shawn Duncan on drums, and Matt Duncan on bass.

Two tracks from "EXPLODE," "Candy Caine" and "God Complex," can be heard here and Videos of the band, can be found here.

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DC4 Signs With Chavis Records

CHAVIS RECORDS has announced the signing of DC4, featuring Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, Odin), Rowan Robertson (Dio), Shawn Duncan (Odin), and Matt Duncan. "Explode," the latest effort from DC4, saw a very limited release by the band earlier this year and now with an all new package design, and new artwork on the inside, will see a full scale release later this year. "Explode" was produced by Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning).

Plans are in the works for DC4 to hit the road in support of "Explode" and additional details on the release date will soon be announced.

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Armored Saint Vocalist Interview Posted Online

An audio interview with Armored Saint/ Ex-Anthrax vocalist John Bush has been posted online. Check it out below. More...

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Armored Saint To Play Mexico For The First Time

Los Angeles metal veterans ARMORED SAINT will play Mexico for the first time ever on May 31 at Circo Volador in Mexico City. Support at the gig will come from FUELED BY FIRE, STRIKEMASTER and VOLTAX.

The ARMORED SAINT show will kick off a great week for Mexican ANTHRAX fans who will be able to see two of the band's former vocalists perform on the same stage, though five days apart — ARMORED SAINT (featuring John Bush) on May 31 and Joey Belladonna (with his solo band BELLADONNA) on June 5 (also at Circo Volador).

ARMORED SAINT has been confirmed for this year's Rocklahoma festival, which will be held July 10-13, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma. SAINT will play on Friday, July 11 on the main stage alongside KINGDOM COME, NIGHT RANGER, EXTREME and the original lineup of TRIUMPH.

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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John Bush Featured In Podcast

The Shockwaves/HardRadio podcast #23 is now available. According to a show update, "this episode features a classic metal discussion between podcast host Bob Nalbandian and vocalist John Bush (ARMORED SAINT, ex-ANTHRAX). Rather than the standard interview Nalbandian and Bush each give their insight on some of the much publicized recent classic rock/metal reunions including VAN HALEN, HEAVEN AND HELL, LED ZEPPELIN, QUEEN, ALICE IN CHAINS, THE DOORS and many others. Also on this episode Nalbandian interviews William Irwin, the author/editor of METALLICA And Philosophy: A Crash Course In Brain Surgery. Topics include the philosophical aspects of James Hetfield's lyrics, Napster, the band's forthcoming release and the ongoing debate of Metallica 'selling-out.'"

It can be heard here

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Thrash Metal Book To Surface In September

Zonda Books has posted this press release:

Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.

Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.

In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.

Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.

Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.

Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!

The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...

And that's just some of the "A"'s!

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Armored Saint Schedules California Concert

Legendary California metallers ARMORED SAINT will play at Viper Room in Hollywood on May 19. This will be a warm-up gig for the band's appearance at this year's edition of the Rock Hard Festival, which will be held May 25-27 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands scheduled to perform at the Rock Hard Festival include AMON AMARTH, DARK FUNERAL, DEATH ANGEL, GRAVE DIGGER, HAMMERFALL, PAUL DI'ANNO, ROSS THE BOSS and THIN LIZZY.

ARMORED SAINT played a number a European and U.S. dates last summer, some of which were taped for the band's upcoming live DVD. It is not presently clear if plans exist for the group to begin work on a new studio album. ARMORED SAINT's last CD, "Revelation", came out in 2000 on the Metal Blade label.

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Just For Fun

Comedian Brian Posehn's "Metal By Numbers" Video

Comedian/Actor Brian Posehn recently completed work on his first music video.

The video, for POSEHN (Brian’s metal band) track “Metal By Numbers” taken from Brian’s upcoming CD ‘Live In: Nerd Rage’, was shot on location in Los Angeles, CA with the team of director Darren Doane (DEFTONES, AFI), producer Jeremy Jackson and editor Dan Dobi. The video illustrates Brian’s view on today’s metal scene and features appearances from POSEHN members Scott Ian (ANTHRAX / DAMNOCRACY) and Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING).

The video can be viewed exclusively at Brian’s MySpace page as part of Brian's stint as the featured comedian this week (7/3 – 7/9/06) on MySpace Comedy.

'Live In: Nerd Rage' reveals the hilarious observations of a self-professed nerd and life-long fan of heavy metal. Recorded as part of Brian's appearances on the Comedians of Comedy tour, and including a sketch with Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), 'Live In: Nerd Rage' is Brian at his funniest. 'Live In: Nerd Rage' will be released on July 11th in North America, with an international release to follow in August.

'Live In: Nerd Rage' can be previewed via Brian's MySpace site and BriansNerdRage.com. More...

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More Armored Saint Tour Dates Announced

ARMORED SAINT have announced a number of European festival and headline appearances set for June and July. Included are the band's first dates in the U.K. since 1991 and their first-ever appearances in Ireland and Scotland. In addition, ARMORED SAINT will be playing select dates in California, including teaming up with DEATH ANGEL and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM for a special show at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood on Friday, July 7. Tickets for the House of Blues show are priced at $20 and go on sale April 20.

ARMORED SAINT tour dates:

Jun. 16 - San Francisco, @ The Pound
Jun. 18 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy
Jun. 23 - Arnhem, NETH @ Willemeen
Jun. 24 - Balingen, GER @ Bang Your Head
Jun. 25 - Dessel, BEL @ Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 27 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
Jun. 28 - Belfast, N. IRE @ Spring & Airbrake
Jun. 29 - Glasgow, SCO @ Cathouse
Jul. 01 - London, UK @ Underworld
Jul. 07 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues (w/ DEATH ANGEL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM)
Jul. 23 - Largo Garda, ITA @ Evolution Festival

ARMORED SAINT last performed live on July 30, 2005 at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona as the opening act for the SCORPIONS. It is not presently clear if plans exist for the group to begin work on a new studio album. The group's last CD, "Revelation", came out in 2000 on the Metal Blade label.

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Death Angel Added To Bang Your Head Festival

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. DEATH ANGEL's performance at the festival will mark their only live apperance on German soil this year and they will perform a special setlist with many songs they haven't played in ages.

So far, the following bands have been confirmed: More...

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Bush Discusses Future w/ Anthrax, Armored Saint

On Thursday, October 13, 2005, The Dio Message Board conducted an interview with ANTHRAX and current ARMORED SAINT vocalist John Bush. A few excerpts from the question-and-answer session follow:

The Dio Message Board: First things first, John. How are you and the family? Enjoy being a dad?

John Bush: "I love being a dad. It's exceeded all of my expectations. Our child is so awesome. She's so nice!! My wife is also great and we're enjoying spending lots of time together. I help her with her business. We run a commercial casting facility. She just cast the new KORN video."

The Dio Message Board: I don't want to harp on about the current ANTHRAX situation, so I'm only going to ask one question to you on this. I find it ironic that when you first joined ANTHRAX many fans wanted Joey Belladonna to remain in the band and now he's in the band all these years later many more fans want you back in ANTHRAX! At this stage are you still available for ANTHRAX in the future or do you feel that the door is closed on this?

John Bush: "Well, I guess people are fickle, aren't they?! [Laughs] Sounds like a case of 'The grass is always greener on the other side.' I would say, 'Never say never.' But from a standpoint of how to properly live my life now, I need to think of it as over. Otherwise I'd feel stuck in the mud. Not a healthy place to be."

The Dio Message Board: "We've Come for You All" is widely regarded as ANTHRAX's best album by many. What's your favorite ANTHRAX album that you've sung on and why?

John Bush: "I like them all 'cause they're all different. 'We've Come for You All' is really strong. I think the song 'Catharsis' on 'Volume 8' is maybe the best song we ever wrote together. 'Sound of White Noise' was very important cause it showed a ton of growth by the band. No better song live than 'Only'. I'm proud of them all. 'Random Acts' on 'Stomp' is one of the heaviest things I ever sang."

The Dio Message Board: The ANTHRAX live DVD from last year was awesome and to hear you singing the old-era ANTHRAX was great too. I also enjoyed the "Greater of Two Evils" album you followed it up with. Most notably the musical change of "Deathrider". Any thoughts about this album?

John Bush: "Well... I think it's a cool record, especially the philosophy of it. Me singing those old songs on a record. I stuck my neck out there, but [I have] no regrets. Unfortunately, the reunion tour happened shortly after it came out, so I don't know if that sent the best message. But I still think it came out pretty good."

The Dio Message Board: And so to the future. What's next for John Bush? Many fans are wanting a new ARMORED SAINT album and full tour. What are the chances of that happening?

John Bush: "Don't know yet. I think time will help figure it out. Music has been my life, but sometimes a break gives you clarity and I think that's happening now. Whatever I do, I want to do it from a place of love, not need. Nothing is in the works yet. I'll let you know."

Read the full article at Dio Message Board.

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Headline News

Anthrax Officially Part With Bassist, Frank Bello

ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and Australia." More information will be made available soon.

As previously reported, ANTHRAX will be joined by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and SOILWORK on their upcoming headlining tour of Japan and Australia. The dates are as follows: More...

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Frank Bello Leaves Anthrax

Bassist Frank Bello has quit ANTHRAX and is relocating to Los Angeles to join the reformed HELMET, according to "informed sources". The surprising move reportedly came the day after ANTHRAX finished taping the additional video footage for their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", due on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Replacing Bello in ANTHRAX on a temporary basis is veteran bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING). An official announcement on the matter is expected soon.

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