I am quite surprised about the fact that nobody of us has done a review for ARMORED SAINT yet (there already are three reviews and an interview, but that only to the side – Alex). Anyways, Hawk is here to save the day. OK, review is maybe not the right word, rather encomium. After an EP that was released in 1983 via Metal Blade Rec., the band quickly switched to Chrysalis Records and with that made the biggest mistake of their career. The major label had the big money, but no idea how to promote their fosterlings. And the band was sitting between all chairs anyway, as back then either Glam Metal like RATT or Thrash Metal like METALLICA (who had offered singer John Mush to join them, but he declined to make it with his own band) were the big styles.
If your name was not JUDAS PRIEST or IRON MAIDEN it was hard to score in the homeland as a normal Heavy Metal band. In Europe "L.A’s most headbanging band" would have made it with constant touring, but which US label is interested in the old continent? So why should you definitely get "March Of The Saint"? Because you can never have enough first class, hymnic, pure Heavy Metal with class and brains, that’s why!!! "March Of The Saint" easily reaches the level of JUDAS PRIEST’s "British Steel" or ACCEPT’s "Breaker". Could it be any better? I doubt it.
The majestic opening of "March Of The Saint" alone, leading into a fast track, which sets the Metal flame on fire right away is a divine blessing. And then my ARMORED SAINT hymn: "Can U Deliver". I can’t hear this song often enough. Slow, grooving start, intense drums, possessed guitar runs, a mighty sing-along chorus and a John Bush in top form, simply ingenious. Or the re-recordings of the two EP hammers "Stricken By Fate" and "False Alarm", just gigantic. Or “Madhouse” with its superb bass line and fast pace. Who needs "Power And Glory With Class" to survive can’t pass up this album. (Online October 26, 2005)