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4.0 out of 5 stars
March of the Saint
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on 21 July 2015
Crackin' debut let down by poor production. The title track and Can U Deliver are the best tracks.
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on 25 April 2016
Very good
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on 30 August 2017
A True Metal Classic Album. A must have record in all headbanger collection!!
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Great name - average band. I bought this in a nostalgic mood thinking that a bit of a blast from the 80's past would be a fine thing. Truth be told however there is a reason that some bands become iconic and massive and others also-rans. Armoured Saint firmly reside in the latter camp it seems to me. They clearly have some good tunes but the overall level is effectively a generic blend of Y&T, Ratt and Motley Crue style rock.

Overall it's okay. Nothing there to really hate but nothing much to jump around too either.
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on 17 December 2010
The mid eighties was a boom time for metal bands and major labels appeared to want at least a few flagship hopefuls on the roster. The advantage for the lucky bands that got signed up was that the labels had relatively deep pockets and could chuck a bit of money at the promotion and the production of the product. In most cases this was a good thing but in some cases it arguably wasn't. As with Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry, Armored Saints' debut opus has been produced within an inch of its life. I have no doubt that the songs had been kicking around for a few years and sounded raw and heavy in the flesh but when ensconced in the studio somebody donned a `pop' hat and thought, you know what, this would sound great if it was polished up a bit (probably sell a lot more..). Why the band went along with this is beyond me (big label pressure probably) but the result is over slick and sanitised in a mid eighties Scorpions way (think Love at first Sting) - it's not bad and would suit a lot of bands but I am guessing that it wasn't how Armored Saint sounded up to that point. The guitars fluidly purr rather than bite, the drums sing rather than shout, the snare drum is everywhere and the vocals (really good though they are) are quite high in the mix, dominating all else around them. The slickness of the sound is perfectly complemented by the luscious packaging - rather than lolling around in a bar in dirty leathers we see the band painted, cartoon like, astride glossy motorbikes like conquering heroes - it's quite comical in a way.

This brings me neatly to problem number 2, which has bugged me for years - I am at a complete loss to decipher half of what Bush is singing in the verses and even some of the choruses are a struggle (`take a tooon with me...' he croons on 'Take a Turn' and March of The Saint comes across as 'its the marofthesane, marofthesane!...'). Now I am sure the lyrics are complete tosh and won't inspire me in any way but it would be nice to be able to follow them occasionally. Thank god this has the lyrics printed in the booklet.

Criticism out of the way the question is that if the band reworked this now, in the way that they would have done it in the first place, would it be any good. Well the answer is yes. Style wise it is well constructed and well executed mid eighties melodic driving 'Heavy Metal', which is sturdy, catchy and deliberately not particularly deep in substance. Some of the riffs however are absolutely monster (Can U Deliver, False Alarm) and the aforementioned half ballad Take A Turn has a sprinkling of feeling thrown in for good measure.

So this is worth buying and I'm sure if it was turned up loud enough the essence of the band's original vision would begin to surface.
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on 1 April 2015
i think this is a good debut. Released in 1984 and featuring john bush on vocals, yes you know the name , this is good old fashioned yet at the time current metal. Not thrash , feels like maiden and priest for want of a better reference. There are enough good songs to keep you going. I was reading that the band wanted their debut to be heavier and that the record label kept lending them money to make it or something like that which meant debt followed them but its still a good album. They would release better though and this year i have their new album to look forward too and i get to see them at bloodstock festival.
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on 16 August 2009
This has got to be one of the best metal albums ever made but for some reason gets overlooked (along with Symbol of Salvation). There isn't one bad song on this album (all are fantastic) and for a debut it's nothing short of awesome. If you only buy one metal album then it has to be this and you will never tire of listening to it.
Give it a go, you won't regret it. Honestly.
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on 4 September 2009
This band are one of those who seem to have been completely forgotten about, but every album they have made is absolutely excellent!! Buy this album, you will not be disappointed, i guarantee you will have the riff from 'False Alarm' stuck in your head forever, the track is, for me, the highlight of the album. The rest of their back catalogue awaits, if you like Tesla and Y&T then this band is for you!
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