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 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 Nomad, Raising Fear, live album Saints Will Conquer and their most successful release Symbol of Salvation in 1991.
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 Noise, Stomp 442, Volume 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. But 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.
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