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ARMORED SAINT Symbol of Salvation Live

By Ruben Mosqueda, Contributor
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 @ 1:40 PM


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ARMORED SAINT
Symbol of Salvation Live

Metal Blade 2021




I don’t think anyone would argue that the Symbol of Salvation album is one of ARMORED SAINT's shining moments of their career. The band released their critically acclaimed debut album March of The Saint and followed it up with Delirious Nomad. Their ‘make or break’ album Raising Fear didn't do well or break the band and resulted in the band exiting from a major label. That wasn’t the only adversity that the band would face. ARMORED SAINT were dealt a tragic loss of their guitarist and founding member DAVE PRICHARD. They elected to move forward with a handful of songs that Prichard contributed for the new album. ARMORED SAINT found themselves once again receiving critical acclaim for the DAVE JERDEN [JANE’S ADDICTION, ALICE IN CHAINS, SOCIAL DISTORTION] produced Symbol of Salvation. “Reign of Fire” and “Last Train Home” were on regular rotation on MTV’S Headbanger’s Ball, which helped grow the band’s fanbase. ARMORED SAINT went on a hiatus after the touring cycle of the album. Frontman JOHN BUSH went on to sing for ANTHRAX for a few years and bassist JOEY VERA went to play with FATES WARNING, as well as a number of other bands.

ARMORED SAINT regrouped a number of times for new albums, compilations and live performances. JOHN BUSH eventually exited ANTHRAX and returned to ARMORED SAINT full-time. Prior to gearing up for the recording of their latest album, 2020's Punching The Sky, they went on the road to perform Symbol of Salvation top to bottom. As you can imagine, the fans were geeked at the chance to see the band tear through the classic album. ARMORED SAINT did not disappoint. The sequence of the album was not moved around, they performed it in the exact order of the studio album and about as spot on as one can get close to 30 years later.

This concert performance goes back to 2018, when ARMORED SAINT performed in New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. The footage was filmed in black and white and looks fantastic. It’s a straight concert performance and isn’t one of those DVDs that is a live show cut-up with band or fan interviews intertwined between every other song. This throws you right into the front row of the concert and makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the action. ARMORED SAINT executed the performance of the album brilliantly and JOHN BUSH’s banter between songs is genuine and celebratory. He walks you through anything relevant related to the song or just says something playful and humorous to his bandmates and the audience. If you’re a fan of ARMORED SAINT this is essential, if you’re a casual fan, chances are you’re familiar with at least this ARMORED SAINT album and it’s worth having in the collection. The highlights are, “Last Train Home”, “The Truth Always Hurts”, “Reign of Fire”, and “Symbol of Salvation”. As far as live albums and concerts video go, Symbol of Salvation Live is about as essential as you can get.

5.0 Out Of 5.0


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