I've never had the chance to see Armored Saint in concert - but that will change this Friday when I see the band at Rocklahoma.
I'll be the first to admit I'm not a huge Armored Saint fan. They might be an L.A. based band, but they have a heavier sound that many of their Glam counterparts. This isn't to say Armored Saint is bad - just different.
As we all know by now, the L.A. Metal scene in the 80s was a force to be reckoned with - after all, so many great bands made it to the top out of the sleazy L.A. clubs. I often wonder if there was any animosity between bands like Armored Saint and Warrant? There are plenty of interviews with a very young Metallica where Lars Ulrich continually says "We hate Motley Crue. We hate Poison. We hate those guys." I wonder if Armored Saint shared the same emotions?
Not that any of those old emotions matter these days. The bottom line is I do enjoy Armored Saint from time to time and from what everyone tells me, I'm in for quite a show come Friday.
I think it's interesting Armored Saint has connections to so many bands - and many of those acts are also playing Rocklahoma. Jeff Duncan plays guitars for Armored Saint...as well as for Odin and DC4. He's going to have quite the workout next weekend! Of course, singer John Bush even joined Anthrax for quite awhile. I know a few people were lobbying for Anthrax at Rocklahoma...
So, for the next few days I am going to buckle down and learn some Armored Saint songs in preparation for Rocklahoma. So far, the ones I like best are posted below. I know some of you (and Joe, this means you) are big Armored Saint fans - so if you have advice on a particular album I should hunt down, please let me know.
Here is "Can You Deliver"
Here's a live clip of the song "Madhouse." You can see people moshing, so I guess this proves that craze really did pre-date grunge.