California‘s long-time heavy metal act ARMORED SAINT has something to celebrate this year. There are many ways to celebrate the anniversary of an important release in a band’s career, and for the ‘Symbol Of Salvation‘ thirtieth birthday – an album vocalist John Bush refers to as Armored Saint‘s “cornerstone record” – comes ‘Symbol Of Salvation Live‘. A combination live album and video of the band playing the album in its entirety at New York’s famed Gramercy Theatre during their 2018 tour, it captures the power, diversity, and peerless songwriting contained within it.
“I felt like showing ‘Symbol’ in another light was a great homage to the record itself,” states bassist Joey Vera. “Also, having all the fans be there and part of that event is a way for us to say ‘Thank you!’ For, without them, we can’t do any of this in the first place.“
There is no denying that ‘Symbol Of Salvation‘ stands out of the band’s catalog as something truly special, something that the band recognizes as readily as their rabid fanbase. “It links our past to our future,” says Bush. “I believe it was the time that we honestly thought we could do whatever we wanted to musically and it would somehow work. There’s a magical feeling about it and it continues to gain mystique every year.” However, the band went through some adverse times while initially writing the songs that would make up the record, being without a label for three years prior to signing with Metal Blade, and in 1990 – before they headed into the studio – losing founding guitarist Dave Prichard to leukemia.
This ultimately served to light a fire under the band, pushing them to deliver their very best. “Because we had lifted ourselves out of these ashes, as it were, we felt a very strong desire to make every little thing count,” elaborates Vera. “It felt more important than anything we had ever done before. For one thing, we didn’t want Dave’s writing contributions to be in vain. Also, we were on a mission to let the world hear what we’d been working on for three years. Funny thing is, that during the separation of the metal genre between glam and thrash from ’85 to ’89, we kinda felt like we had to prove something to everyone else. But while making ‘Symbol’, we also had something to prove, except this time, we had to prove it to ourselves.“
Find more details on the ‘Symbol Of Salvation Live‘ album from Armored Saint below, along with the options for physical or digital format purchasing. We also have the title track streaming on Bandcamp, as well as in a new official live video for “Symbol Of Salvation Live”.
Armored Saint @ Metal Blade
– 180g Black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– Silver vinyl (EU excl. – ltd. to 500 copies)
– Dusty Rose Pink marbled vinyl (EU excl. – ltd. to 300 copies)
– Silver/ White corona vinyl (EU excl. – ltd. to 200 copies)
– Crystal Clear vinyl (US excl.)
– Red/ Black splatter vinyl (US excl.)