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Armored Saint - Nod To The Old School (CD)

Armored Saint
Nod To The Old School
by Makis Kirkos at 16 October 2001, 11:33 PM

This band nods to their fans and its own past. Armored Saint have dug deep within the treasure-chests and produced a few rare tracks that they now offer to the public. You can think about something like that as you may, what we get here is a feast for any connoisseur of traditional US-Metal.
A variety package from these old-school metalheads, as there are a couple of new tracks, some covers, a few live cuts, a batch of unreleased demo songs, and more.
The two new cuts Real Swagger and Unstable are patented nasty Saint. There's a revamped version of March of the Saint and the covers include Robin Trower's Day of the Eagle and Priest's Never Satisfied, with the latter being a nice, bottom-heavy update.The 'Symbol of Salvation' slasher Tainted Past makes an unplugged appearance, and then a full-turn is made as the crushing live distortion of After Me, The Flood and Creepy Feelings hits you hard.
Then the journey into the past begins, because the rest contains the three songs of the 1983 debut-EP, one song from those sessions, and six further tracks off the demos from the years 1988 and 1989, which never had been released this way, especially the original-version of Reign Of Fire is standing out here.
Like always there will be some people, who will accuse the band of trying to make money out of old stuff, but for fans of the band this release is almost essential and all of you, who do not know the band yet, this is a good opportunity of getting a look at both the past and the present.
Overall what we got here is  classic metal, sounds like a perfect historical document of a great metal band and how metal used to be before the no talent shitheads ruined it. Recomended if you remember the good old days of metal or want an example of how it should be done!

4 Star Rating

Real Swagger (2001)
Unstable (2001)
March Of The Saint (2001 version)
Day Of The Eagle (2001)
Never Satisfied (2001)
Tainted Past (2001 acoustic version)
After Me, The Flood (live US 2000 tour)
Creepy Feelings (live US 2000 tour)
Lesson Well Learned
False Alarm
On The Way
Stricken By Fate
Reign Of Fire
Betty '79
Get Lost
Nothing Between The Ears
Jeff Duncan - Guitar
Gonzo - Drums
Joey Vera - Bass
Phil Sandoval - Guitar
John Bush - Vocals
Record Label: Metal Blade


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