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Album Review

Recorded soon after the tragic and untimely death of guitarist Dave Prichard from leukemia, Symbol of Salvation is arguably Armored Saint's finest hour. In what is certainly their best-produced and most diverse album, the band pays tribute to their fallen friend with every performance. And since many of these tracks were co-written by Prichard in his last months on earth, the results are often extremely personal and dramatic — never more so than on the hard-driving "Burning Question," the beautiful "Another Day," and the epic "Tainted Past," which actually features a solo from Prichard. Other highlights, such as "Reign of Fire" and "Dropping Like Flies," find the band thrashing harder than ever, while "Last Train Home" and "Truth Always Hurts" (written by new guitarist Jeff Duncan and returning founding member Phil Sandoval) see them at their most commercial. The chaotic drumming of "Tribal Dance" is another wonderful surprise, and the venemous "Hanging Judge" is simply an awesome all-around metal song. While all Armored Saint albums (save for the very average Raising Fear) have their particular strengths, Symbol of Salvation is probably the best place to start discovering the band.

Customer Reviews

Solid album from the Saints

Symbol of Salvation is a solid record that's got a little bit of everything. It's not the heaviest album or the most technical but it's got some great riffs, catchy choruses, and is an overall great record. Highlights are the first three tunes along with Hanging Judge and Spineless which closes out the album. There's a little too much filler here for my taste (13 songs) and some of the songs just don't cut it, esp after tracks like Reign of Fire. But even when they mellow out The Saints pen some pretty powerful tunes. S.O.S is an old school type metal album with lots of bite that will satisfy any Saint fan.

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although many associate hard rock from Los Angeles in the early '80s as all glossed up and pop-based (Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Quiet Riot, etc.), there were a select few true metal bands to emerge from the same locale, such as Armored Saint. Formed in 1982 and originally comprising John Bush (vocals), David Pritchard (guitar), Phil Sandoval (guitar), Joey Vera (bass), and Gonzo Sandoval (drums, brother of Phil), the group specialized in a style of straight-ahead metal that was compared to such New Wave...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Mar 1991

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