Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich must of needed some strings and some drumheads because they both stopped by the Guitar Center in San Francisco. Good thing there was a camera crew on hand.
Metal Masters has been going for the last 5 years to kick off NAMM. It features a bunch of metal musicians getting together for not only a clinic but also the ultimate Heavy Metal Tribute concert. The Full stream from Gear Gods is available below.
The following songs were performed:
You may have only heard of Armored Saint after their singer John Bush joined Anthrax in the early 90′s or maybe while reading some Metallica books and you saw John’s named mentioned when Metallica were still trying to find an actual singer instead of James Hetfield singing. Those stories are fine and John’s work with Anthrax is amazing but the band Armored Saint were one of the more underrated thrash bands on the 1980′s. This band came out at the same time as Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and Anthrax and others that we think of as the titans of thrash metal.
Armored Saint formed in 1982 and their song “Lesson Well Learned” was featured on the Metal Massacre II compilation from Metal Blade Records.
In 1984 came their debut March of the Saint which did produce a minor hit via MTV for the song “Can You Deliver?”
After the first 3 albums March of the Saint, Delirious Nomad, and Raising Fear were released via Chrysallis Records to only minor success the band went home to Metal Blade records in 1989 and released their live album Saints Will Conquer
In 1990 founding guitarist Dave Prichard lost his battle to Leukemia. After a break to deal with the loss the Saint returned to the studio to record the amazing Symbol of Salvation album and would garner the band a lot of critical success.
After appearing and putting out a song for the movie Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth John was offered the singer position in Anthrax and Armored Saint officially disbanded. In 1999 the band reunited with the same line-up that did Symbol of Salvation and they released the album Revelation and then proceeded to tour with DIO and Lynch Mob.
The band then took a break while John did some work with Anthrax but after officially leaving Anthrax in 2007 Armored Saint did return for another new album entitled La Raza in 2010.
That brings us to now. In February 2013 bassist Joey Vera announced the band had begun writing for a new album. That’s were we sit, but in the meantime enjoy Armored Saint, you’ll be glad you did. Of course this is one of many classic metal bands that you can hear each and every week inside Hangar 19.