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Armored Saint – Win Hands Down


Last Updated on 09:39 PM by Lilliana Tseka

Genre: Heavy Metal
Year: 2015
Label: Metal Blade

The news for a new ‘Saint (the REAL Saints of L.A.) album got me in a crankin’ mode. Yeah, I can tell ya that Armored Saint to me is pretty much the same thing as boobs to Pam and that means NECESSARY!

Having heard a teaser of the title track “Win Hands Down” I was starting to save money for firecrackers when the LP would come out! I mean the title track is up there among classics as “Reign Of Fire” or “Stricken By Fate”. The verse, the chorus, the riff, the lead part….man the track screams PERFECTION! And then you got the track “Up Yours” and i start praying to the god of Heavy Metal begging him to give me my hair back so i can to some proper headbanging!

Too bad i can’t say the same for the rest of the album. There are some cool moments such as ‘With A Head Full Of Steam’ or ‘In An Instant’ but it just ain’t as ripping as the HUGE title track and that,to me, puts the album in the “uneven” league. DAMN, I know that sometimes i seem like an over demanding bastard (from a band that has put out an anthem after another in the past) but i am sure that Armored Saint is THE ONLY band from the old guard that can still put out glorious stuff. People this IS NOT a bad release. It’s just not of the same level throughout its duration. I NEED songs like “Win Hands Down” at the next lp. And i don’t mean in the same vein but in the same quality. There ain’t much to say about the band’s performance. It’s GREAT plain’n’ simple. John Bush does his thing by delivering an outmost super cool vocal performance while the rest of the band nails the stuff at the level they are….and that’s “pro” level. But i just need more in the composing.


Λέων Παύλου
Λέων Παύλου
Η ομάδα του Metal Invader μου έκανε την τιμή ,προτείνοντας να τους βοηθήσω, καλώς οριζοντάς με στην ομάδα του 'zine .Φυσικά δέχθηκα με χαρά μιας και ήμουν οπαδός - αναγνώστης όταν ήταν έντυπο. Ελπίζω να το σκέφτηκαν καλά και να ξέρουν τι τους περιμένει.

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