Joey Vera joins this week’s BBB Show


With a year already past since the release of the album “Win Hands Down”, the boys of Armored Saint show no signs of slowing down. Currently ripping up the North American West coast touring with Metal Church; I catch up with Joey Vera at the San Francisco D.N.A lounge to chat about the upcoming tour of Europe and the band’s first trip to Japan.

Armored saintAfter only a few months since I spoke to John Bush, I found myself intrigued at how the journey had been for them since the release of their seventh studio album and how it felt to be back on the road together.

Tune in to this week’s show as I catch up with Joey to chat about life and what lies ahead for Armored Saint.

Chatting with Joey and John it’s very easy to understand the passion that the band have in their music and what continues to bring drive to these Metal Legends.

After witnessing a blistering show of undeniable energy in San francisco, be sure to check out Armored Saint out on the road. UK only show: London Underworld July 14th and for all other European shows, check below for details.


Date Venue Location
Jul 14 The Underworld London, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jul 16 Rock Fest Barcelona Barcelona, Spain Tickets & More
Jul 28 Headbangers Open Air Brande Hörnerkirchen,Germany Tickets & More
Jul 29 Saarmagedodon Festival Saarbrucken, Germany Tickets & More
Jul 30 Nord Open Air Essen, Germany Tickets & More

Armored Saint on this week’s Barnett’s brutal brunch show – Podcast available


Out there in the vast genre of metal, there sit’s a band named Armored saint. Hitting the scene in the 1983, they were a force unto themselves, not fitting into the conventional movements of glam metal nor thrash metal at the time.  ARmored saint earlyArmored Saint hit the metal circuit with full force playing with everyone from Ratt to Metallica. Undeterred by their unclassifiable metal music, the band would release a string of albums Delirious NomadRaising Fear, live album Saints Will Conquer and their most successful release Symbol of Salvation in 1991.Symbol of salvation-front-cover

In their eight year existence, the loss of a band member Dave Prichard and with an extremely difficult tour for their most successful album,  Armored Saint decided to call it a day.

With the job offer of fronting Anthrax, John Bush jumped ship and carved a unique sound into the existing Anthrax regime, partly for his involvement in the writing process, but also his unique vocal sound that brought life into a somewhat tired thrash legacy. The release of albums Sound of White NoiseStomp 442Volume 8: The Threat Is Real and the critically acclaimed album We’ve Come for You All in 2003 would see Anthrax reach new heights in their career. AnthraxBut with that said, Anthrax members made a commitment to making a new Storm troopers of doom record, this would see John’s time with the band soon fizzle out. The prospect of Joey Belladona presence in the Anthrax was on the cards.  With the ‘Spreading the disease’ line up booked for the 20th anniversary tour, it would also seal the deal for the upcoming Ozzfest tour. This would then instigate the departure of Bush.

With John’s extensive voice over work, the release of Armored saint’s Revelation (2000) and the covers album Nod to the Old School (2001) all slowly ticking away in the background while the Anthrax members work on other projects, it wasn’t until John’s departure from Anthrax that saw the album La Raza (2010) and a full commitment from both him and the other members to officially reform Armored Saint.


With another significant break from their last release, the boys are now back and raring to go with a brand new album Win hands down. Tracks ‘Mess’ and the title track ‘Win hands down’ gaining considerable play on social media sites, the album is already becoming a successful hit for the Los Angeles based band.armoredsaint-winhandsdown (1)

With just days after their outstanding appearance at this year’s Hellfest, I caught up with the John to chat about his past and present outlook on his career, the new album and it’s chart topping success in Europe, plus I get an inside scoop on what’s next for these heavy metal Titans.

Be sure to check out the Armored Saint on the road. Appearing on the main-stage at this year’s Bloodstock festival and out on the road in the North America with Saxon this fall.

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