Armored Saint is a no-frill metal band from the Glitzy Sunset Strip scene. Their musical style shares many similarities with popular heavy metal acts like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. In the 1980s, Armored Saint released three influential albums, Delirious Nomad, Raising Fear, and March of the Saint, before calling it quits in the 90s.
The band disbanded after the death of their guitarist David Prichard. However, they regrouped in 1999 and have continued to be a strong influence in the thrash and hard rock scene. The year after, the band released Punching the Sky, their hard-hitting eighth full-length album.
Armored Saint was formed in 1982 and the original lineup included David Prichard (guitar), John Bush (vocals), Gonzo Sandoval (drums), Phil Sandoval (guitar), and Joey Vera (bass). Before signing with the record label Chrysalis, the band released a three-track self-titled EP on the Metal Blade level.
While the fan failed to break through big time, they built a rabid following locally. The band’s first live recording, Saints Will Conquer, was released in 1988. However, it was also around that time when Prichard was diagnosed with leukemia. Prichard was later replaced by Jeff Duncan.
The band released Symbol of Salvation in 1991 but disbanded again a year later when John Bush decided to join one of New York’s most popular and most influential thrash metallists with the infamous band name – Anthrax. The band reunited in the late 90s, with Bush deciding to remain a member of the two bands.
In 2000, the band released Revelation, their new recording. A year later, they also released their sixth studio album, La Raza. It was followed by Win Hands Down, which was released in 2015. In 2017, the PledgeMusic-funder concert LP Carpe Noctum was released. It featured their headlining show in Germany and the Wacken Festival set.