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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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John Bush To Join Anthrax For Japan Show

American thrash metal legends Anthrax have announced that former vocalist John Bush (also of Armored Saint) will once again be fronting the band when they perform at the Loud Park Festival in Japan on October 17th. This is a good sign for all the Bush-era fans who have been awaiting a permanent return of the singer.

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Tales From The Pit: Joey Vera's Mosh Pit Flips

We've been talking to bands to get their best mosh pit stories. This one is from Joey Vera when he was on tour in 1986 with Armored Saint, opening for Metallica and WASP.

"Just about every night, whoever happened to be watching Metallica's set from side stage, got invited out to sing the 'DIE!' part at the end of Creeping Death. One night in Texas, there I was, hammered and waiting for my nightly invitation. Sure enough, I get the wink from my gracious host, Cliff Burton.

"On I go and give my best beer soaked "DIE!". After my part is played, I walk to the edge of the stage in front of Cliff's floor monitor, turn around to face him, and with all my strength I hurl myself in a back flip into the audience. Luckily the crowd takes pity on my poor aerial form and catches me. Then I find myself in a flurry of sweaty limbs as I begin to surf towards the front of the stage. Metallica's crew pulls my sorry ass out and back onto stage while Mr. Burton tops my score with a thumbs 'way' up. Good times."

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Armored Saint To Begin Recording In October

Gonzo Sandoval , the drummer of American heavy metal veterans Armored Saint, has announced that the band will be hitting the studio in October to record their first album of original material since 2000's "Revelation" album. The album is scheduled to be released next year through Metal Blade Records and more details will be revealed soon.

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Anthrax Guitarist Hoping For A Full Bush Reunion

Anthrax guitarist and founding member Scott Ian recently spoke to the United Kingdom's Metal Hammer magazine about the departure of vocalist Dan Nelson, the new album, "Worship Music" and the bands upcoming one-off show in England with former vocalist John Bush. When asked if there was any hope that John Bush would return to the band, Ian stated:

"It’s not in the back of my mind – it’s right at the front of it. When our reunion tour with Joe Belladonna and Dan Spitz finished in 2007, we (Ian, Benante and bassist Frank Bello) wanted both John and (guitarist) Rob Caggiano to come back. Well, Rob returned but not John. Now, though, we’ve Sonisphere to look forward to with him.

"I love working with John, and I know I speak for everyone involved with Anthrax – the band and the fans – when I say that the best thing for us would for this to turn into a long-term relationship. But I don’t want to jump the gun. Let’s see how things go at Sonisphere, and take it from there."

Read the full article at Metal Hammer.

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Armored Saint Posts Free Demo Track Online

Armored Saint is releasing a free demo version of a new song titled "Loose Cannon." This demo (performed with a drum program) gives you all a glimpse into Armored Saint’s writing process and is also a nice taste of what’s to come on the band’s forthcoming full-length studio release.

The demo for "Loose Cannon" will be available today, and will be available for streaming at the band’s MySpace page and at the Metal Blade Records website, as well as direct download here (zipped).

For those of you who will be attending the Rock Gone Wild Festival in Algona, Iowa on August 23rd, the band will be performing this new song in their set.

Armored Saint has finished up writing and will begin recording in early fall for a spring 2010 release on Metal Blade Records.

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Armored Saint Frontman Gives New Album Update

In a recent interview with the Rock Gone Wild website, Armored Saint frontman John Bush (also formerly of Anthrax) gave an insight as to how the bands new album is coming along. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:

What is Armored Saint up to these days?
Bush: “We’re working on a new record—we’re now about nine songs into it (note: RGW heard four of these songs while in L.A. in November, and they rock!). It should be out later this year or early next year. Metal Blade is still our label in the states; we’re working out some of the legal stuff for an international release."

Will any of these new songs feature in your set at RGW?
Bush: “Yes, one for sure; the rest of the set will be the typical Saint stuff."

What should the RGW fans expect from the show?
Bush: “We don’t play that much anymore, so when we do, we give it our all; it’s an event. It will be an in-your-face, high energy, metal fest. I expect the crowd to participate as well."

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More Bands Added To Rock Gone Wild 2009

The organizers of the Rock Gone Wild event has announced that Saxon, Sevendust, Armored Saint and Lizzy Borden are the latest bands to be confirmed. The festival will be held from August 20-23 in Algona, IA. Other bands on the bill include Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Puddle Of Mudd, Dokken, Saliva, Great White and many more.

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Armored Saint Frontman Misses Final Tour Date

Armored Saint frontman John Bush was forced to miss the bands final tour date in Australia recently after falling ill. Bass player Joey Vera informed the crowd of the situation but the band performed a full set with Vera and guitarist Phil Sandoval sharing the vocal duties. The band are expected to record and release a new studio album later this year.

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Alarum to Support Death Angel in Melbourne

In the band's first live appearance since playing at ProgPower Europe in Holland last October alongside bands such as Cynic & Zero Hour, Melbourne prog/thrash/jazz metal band Alarum will be supporting Death Angel and Armored Saint on the bands' Melbourne show at Billboards. Alarum will be onstage at 8:30pm.

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Armored Saint Bassist Posts Key Club Show Report

Armored Saint and Death Angel co-headlined a show at Hollywood's Key Club last friday. A report from Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera reads as follows: "All I can say is 'Holy Shit'. Thank you everyone who came and SOLD OUT the Key Club in Hollywood last night. You guys are just amazing and you made it a treat for us to play for you again. Also thanks to those of you who traveled far and wide. You all rule! The band is really sore today but we're off to Australia with Death Angel for some more ass kicking. We leave tonight. Thanks for a great send off! More stuff on the way when we return."

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Keep It True Festival Announces Lineup Changes

The following lineup change has been announced for Germany's Keep It True Festival

"Unfortunally we have to bring you some sad news for KEEP IT TRUE 12. HITTMAN had to cancel their show in April. The cause for that is an unexpected family tragedy at one of the band members. The band had talks to play with a replacement, but did not do it because it wouldn’t have been HITTMAN. We can totally understand this and want to express all our best wishes to the band and the musician. The door for a future show will always be open at KIT.

But we haven’t been lazy and so we can already announce the first class replacement band. Dutch Metal legend PICTURE will fill the spot of HITTMAN this April and all who saw the amazing show last year at Headbangers Open Air will know, that you can expect a high energy show filled with all the hits of this great band."

Other confirmed bands for the festival include Armored Saint, Lizzy Borden, and Abattoir.

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Armored Saint To Record New Album Next Year

Californian heavy metal band Armored Saint has announced that they will be recording a brand new studio album next year. So far, the band has written around twelve songs for the album with some working titles including "La Raza," "Chilled," "Loose Cannon" and "Black Feet." The lineup on the album will include vocalist John Bush, guitarists Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan, Joey Vera on bass and drummer Gonzo. Joey Vera will also be producing the record.

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DC4 Enters Skull Seven Studios

Los Angeles based rockers, DC4, featuring Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, Odin), Rowan Robertson (Dio), Shawn Duncan (Odin), and Matt Duncan, have entered Skull Seven Recording Studio with fame producers Bill Metoyer (W.A.S.P., Slayer, Lizzy Borden, Armored Saint) and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) to record additional tracks for the upcoming release of "EXPLODE." The new tracks, "People" and "25 to Life," are currently being recorded and will be part of the new enhanced CD package along with a video and new artwork.

"EXPLODE" will see an official release in January of 2009. Plans for a CD Release Party and tour are currently in the works. Checkout the DC4 performances on Flashrock as well as a band interview at Rocklahoma 2008 here.

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Armored Saint Announces California Show

Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera has posted the following message online:

"Armored Saint is announcing a hometown show next March.

"We're playing a headline show at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA on Friday, March 6th, 2009. It is a warm up show for us before we head off to do the Australian tour with DEATH ANGEL. Tix will go fast as they are ON SALE NOW!!!!!!!!!!

"This is the only date we have scheduled for the US soil for 2009."

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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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