ARMORED SAINT – La Raza CD
Metal Blade Records
First off naming your new release after a socialist organization which promotes open borders, taxpayer supported benefits for illegal aliens and the creation of a new Hispanic nation in the Southwest portion of the United States is not going to get people to like you. Since this is an election year here in the states where illegal immigration is a volatile political issue I think the title of this will turn people off immediately. Secondly I know SPV Records, the former home of still breathing bands from the 1980s, has shut down and some other underground labels who specialize in oldies but goodies have taste, so why does Metal Blade keep putting out releases by ARMORED SAINT? They must be selling a butt load of units in Germany and their last couple of releases were compilations. Their Revelation LP from ten years ago was the last one with new material.
OK lets all hear it for nostalgia since we all own at least one ARMORED SAINT release from the 80s. My copy of March of the Saint, on CD now, sits nicely stacked below a few GRAVEDIGGER and MANOWAR dinks. I wouldn’t even stick this one close to that threesome since something even worse might produce itself overnight with that formula. When these guys play this Summer’s European Metal Fest circuit, and they will since they can’t even get booked on the MOTLEY Cruise, expect one song off of here to be played and that’s it. I’m guessing it’ll be “Get Off the Fence” since it’s the only cut on here that is reminiscent of this band’s mediocre career. The rest of this is hard rock schlock giving John Bush a chance to strain his chords a bit but mostly it’s forgettable. Maybe they can get a touring gig with ANVIL.