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  • Audio CD (19 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import, Box set
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • ASIN: B00008V5ZD
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Armored Saint are one of those bands who are fantastic in every way but don't get as much appreciation as they deserve. They aren't very well known but that doesn't mean there not popular because they're bad. This album has everything to offer for melodic yet tradional metal and its fans. Similar to the likes of Queensryche,Tesla and Metal Church, Armored saint take the traditional metal sound and take it to a whole new level. With catchy riffs and brilliant melodies they executed a perfect album with Symbol Of Salvation and continued their high level of songwriting and performance.
There is much to offer in this masterful record; from the unique and powerful "reign of fire" to the emotional, breathtaking "last train home", there is nothing this album doesn't cover and it's a must have for all metal and melodic music fans. If you do buy it, you won't regret it and will never want to part with it. It's truly a magnificent album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. A. Marsh on 20 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
well yeah this album gets you jumpin about. and jesus christ! the guitar solos! and the riffs! usually a band exhibits a few tasty ones of each on each album but i gota say each song has them in abundance. and yes armored saint could be compared to other bands musically wise, but armored saint have one thing the others don't, and thats John Bush! growlin n singin like he really means it, not like these little 'wanna be men' who are actually girls who feel the need to sound like they're throwing up their stomach contents! buy this you will not be disappointed, n even if you are, this type of music, then, is surely not for you, bloody brilliant!!! cant recommend highly enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Jan. 2004
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Armored Saint are one of those bands who are fantastic in every way but don't get as much appreciation as they deserve. They aren't very well known but that doesn't mean there not popular because they're bad. This album has everything to offer for melodic yet tradional metal and its fans. Similar to the likes of Queensryche,Tesla and Metal Church, Armored saint take the traditional metal sound and take it to a whole new level. With catchy riffs and brilliant melodies they executed a perfect album with Symbol Of Salvation and continued their high level of songwriting and performance.
There is much to offer in this masterful record; from the unique and powerful "reign of fire" to the emotional, breathtaking "last train home", there is nothing this album doesn't cover and it's a must have for all metal and melodic music fans. If you do buy it, you won't regret it and will never want to part with it. It's truly a magnificent album.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By metalprogmadness on 26 Jun. 2012
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This review is not for the music, it's for the product itself. This was advertised as a box set but was only one disc release. Stay far away!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
John Bush's group before Anthrax... 11 Jan. 2005
By Lunar Strain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...sadly this is how a lot of people remember Armored Saint today. I too thought of the group this way as I actually heard John Bush with Anthrax before I knew of Armored Saint. I loved his vocals so I decided to purchase an album from his "old band" to see what it was like. Low and behold our local CD store had a deluxe 3 disc edition of Symbol of Salvation for sale for a cheap price of $15. I quickly picked it up. Wow, I wasn't just impressed...I was blown away. Symbol of Salvation is just an amazing album with smart lyics and great vocals. After hearing Salavation, I find it a shame that Armored Saint is now mostly remembered as "John Bush's group before Anthrax" as they are a super talented band that should be remembered more than just that. I have since bought every Saint album and have actually learned to like the band even better than Bush's Anthrax outings. So if your Anthrax fan and are deciding on whether or not to purchase some Armored Saint...DO, especially this awsome 3 disc edtion of Symbol of Salvation. If your gonna remaster a disc, this is the way to do it! Two extra cds of demos and interviews...I must be in heaven!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Simply Amazing!! 19 Jun. 2003
By Anthony J. Acker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is so nice to see a re-release of Armored Saint's best work. The remaster is crisp and loud, and just a superb transfer to listen to.

The big shocker is Disc #2, which contains the demos for most of the songs contained on SOS. The late Dave Prichard's guitar work is incredible. The quality is better than most live discs out there today. There is a raw, gritty, and heartfelt vibe to the entire thing; which breathes new life into these great songs.
This is a great buy for any Armored Saint fan, as well as for anybody needing lessons when it comes to what Old School Heavy Metal was (and is) all about. Cheers!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"SALVATION FOR THE SAINT" - Armored Saint Rise Triumphant From Ashes of Tragedy 13 April 2011
By Ronnie Jimenez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An album created under the most difficult of circumstances, legendary L.A.-based metallers ARMORED SAINT rebounded from the terrible tragedy that was founding member and creative guiding-light Dave Pritchard's untimely death and rose phoenix-like from the ashes to deliver what was THE metal album of 1991: SYMBOL OF SALVATION.

Long-time stalwarts of the then-fertile Los Angeles metal scene, ARMORED SAINT had been treading the boards since the 1984 release of their stunning debut album MARCH OF THE SAINT. A classic in the metal genre, MARCH failed to reach a mass audience despite the fact that heavy metal was all the rage at this time. MARCH OF THE SAINT was an exciting amalgamation of youthful exhuberance, aggression and impressive musicianship not common amongst local bands at the time - thus making ARMORED SAINT a bit of an anomaly. Opting to forgo the Glam Metal route - which saw most of their peers preening, posing and leering suggestively in the back-pages of local mags like BAM - the SAINT mob chose a heavier musical-path to follow. Reared on juggernauts with a more metallic-bent such as JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, SCORPIONS and SAXON, the SAINT boys had no intentions of hiding or diluiting their predilection for the heavier acts in the musical spectrum in an effort to gain popularity - their image and music would speak for itself.

Subsequent studio albums DELIRIOUS NOMAD and RAISING FEAR continued the SAINT'S aforementioned trend of Eurometal-inspired quality songwriting. Unfotunately, these records also failed to generate much interest from the record-buying public and shortly after the release of RAISING FEAR, the band's deal with Chrysalis Records was severed.

It was 1987 and metal was in it's heyday. And ARMORED SAINT - one of the scene's most promising young acts - found themselves adrift in uncharted waters.

During this time of uncertainty, the band began writing and demoing material for what was intended to be their fourth full-length record. Prior to the recording of the album that would become SYMBOL OF SALVATION, lead guitarist David Pritchard was diagnosed with leukemia and tragically passed before recording could commence on the new songs.

Not to be deterred, the remaining members banded valiantly together and along with the returning Phil Sandoval on lead guitar, recruited ex-ODIN axepert Jeff Duncan into the fold to fill the void left by Dave's untimely death.

The newly reconstituted unit entered the studio to commence recording on their new album. Still reeling from the loss of their friend and bandmate, ARMORED SAINT were now instilled with something not easily categorized or labeled - call it divine intervention if you must. Whatever it was, the sessions produced an LP of remarkable confidence and passion. ARMORED SAINT had been to hell and back and rose to the occasion; delivering with the album of their career.

Released in 1991 through Metal Blade Records, SYMBOL OF SALVTION saw SAINT operating and maneuvering at the absolute height of their profession. Indelibly-laced with thought-provoking lyrics and astonishing musicianship, SYMBOL was for all-intents, the crown-jewel in the SAINT catalog.

The staggered, stutter riff at the start of "Reign of Fire" introduces the masses to the new and improved SAINT - a band ready to assail all that dare cross their path of destruction. The guitars of Sandoval and Duncan slash and stab atop the pummeling rhythm section of bassist Joey Vera and kit-basher Gonzo. Lead vocalist John Bush leads the troops into battle and proves his METAL by applying his typical conviction and venom to this supernatural tale. When he screams about "hexes" and "spells and magic inside of a Reign of Fire," you do tend to believe him.

"Dropping Like Flies" tackles the subject of revenge against a galloping Maiden-like riff and segues nicely into the hit single off of SYMBOL, "Last Train Home." Pulling into the ARMORED SAINT loading dock right on-schedule, "Train" is vintage SAINT and it's simple yet intoxicating riff rocks and rolls with the confident swagger of a band maturing right before our very eyes. A throbbing Joey Vera bass-line and prominent kick-drum accents navigate proceedings as a travel-weary Bush waxes mournfully of his gypsy existence riding the rails of life and transform "Train" into quite the gem.

The unusual percussion and drum patterns which precede the main riff to "Tribal Dance" are a precursor to the musical malevolence fast-approaching as at the 3:27 mark, the track explodes amidst a furious riff and an undulating, psychotic rhythmic bed. A prescient song about the drug trade, "Dance" is a time-bomb threatening to detonate unexpectedly and dances precipitously at the edge of some incendiary dual-guitar inter-play between Sandoval and Duncan.

"Another Day" is just one amongst many songs on SYMBOL which drip with sadness and loss. "DAY" sees SAINT attempting to re-evaluate the barren landscape of a post-Dave Pritchard world with a melancholy tear-jerker extolling the hurt and the pain of losing a loved one. A powerful and poignant track which is saddled with an almost indescribable emotional heft, "DAY" embarks upon a journey of self-discovery and emerges on the other side cleansed and healed.

The title-track is up next and what an absolute MONSTER this one is. "Symbol of Salvation" tears asunder the very foundation of all that has come before due to a SEISMIC, surgically-precise riff. The buzzsaw-guitars of Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan share the spotlight as their wicked dual-axe-attack propels the album into heretofore unreachable, stratospheric heights.

The riffy and speedy "Burning Question" is a deep-album cut which includes a bravura vocal performance from Bush. His enunciation and phrasing during the song's chorus is discharged with lethal venom and is metal-affirming stuff. A personal fave.

If "Symbol of Salvation" is this record's battered soul, then "Tainted Past" is it's broken - but still beating - heart. A brilliant composition (which includes a brief solo recorded by Dave Pritchard before his death), "Tainted Past" revolves around a plaintive Bush vocal which laments the uncertainty and cruelness of life. Bush croons sadly "Each and every day I rise/From the ashes I've left behind" as behind him guitars strum softly and echo his anger as his inability to comprehend loss amplifies. The morunful solos at the song's mid-section convincingly convey the heartache the band must have been feeling at the time and elevate "Tainted Past" from mere ballad to CLASSIC.

The album ends on an uplifting note with the speed metal-like "Spineless." A frenetic affair which harkens back to the band's earlier days, "Spineless" careens uncontrollably on the back of an infectious riff for the totality of it's 4:17 before it crashes and brings the entire train-of-emotions to it's sudden stop.

Produced with impeccable style by Dave Jerden, Symbol of Salvation celebrates it's 20th-anniversary this year and maintains it's position as one of the greatest metal albums of all-time. Although ARMORED SAINT never achieved the lofty heights of succcess that they so rightly deserved, what we are left with is a stunning body of work which captured the essence of a working-class heavy metal band from Pasadena, California, whom strived to do it their way with no compromise. For these Delirious Nomads, metal was, and remains, a way of life. - Ronnie Jimenez
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Armored Saint..should've been one of the big 4 15 Aug. 2012
By Eric E - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Album is great. This one and Revelations could go up against some of the best thrash metal albums out there. The only thing that these albums were released in the ninetys when the genre was losing popularity. John Bush vocals are great and he did a stint with Anthrax and made some good songs with them. If you like metal like Megadeth and Iron Maiden were the lyrics have meaning then check out Armored Saint. You will be glad you did. Everything was shipped as described I went the little pricier way through Amazon then one of the other companys because I wanted to make sure I got the two disc collector addition. As I did.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Amorred Saint 14 April 2010
By John Lease - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I only discovered Armored Saint by another reviewers comments and like alot of my purchases the reviewer was spot on. This Cd rocks from start to finish and I would highly recommend this cd to everyone into the voice of John Bush who I think should have stuck with this band as they are I think a level above Athrax and would have been huge.
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