Raza

Raza

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by Armored Saint
     
 

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This is Armored Saint's first album in a decade, but it doesn't sound that way. The L.A.-based hard rock/metal quintet, whose lineup has remained remarkably consistent since 1982, have written ten songs that hold their own with the best from their five previous albums. They're not trying to out-heavy younger bands; they're doing whatSee more details below

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This is Armored Saint's first album in a decade, but it doesn't sound that way. The L.A.-based hard rock/metal quintet, whose lineup has remained remarkably consistent since 1982, have written ten songs that hold their own with the best from their five previous albums. They're not trying to out-heavy younger bands; they're doing what they've always done, but they're also willing to acknowledge their age and the knowledge and awareness time has brought them. The bluesy guitar solo on the lyrically mature "Chilled" picks up where their cover of Robin Trower's "Day of the Eagle," on the demos-and-leftovers compilation Nod to the Old School, left off. There's also a tinge of Latin music, acknowledging the background of the Sandoval brothers, who play guitar and drums in the group -- from the "Low Rider"-like cowbell that opens the album, to the percussion and almost Santana-esque bassline of the stretched-out, near-seven-minute title track. On that song as well as "Bandit Country," the guitar solos are heavily psychedelic in a way that's reminiscent of Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro. There are some retro touches here and there on La Raza, including Mellotron on "Head On" and a female chorus on the title track, but this is, for the most part, a somewhat classicist metal record. There are no concessions made to listeners who don't like cranked guitars, thundering drums, and raw-throated, soulful vocals. The one thing this album does best is make the case that John Bush should never have wasted his time fronting Anthrax when he could have been making killer metal with his first -- and vastly superior -- band.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2010
Label:
Metal Blade
UPC:
0039841489125
catalogNumber:
14891
Rank:
39284

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Armored Saint   Primary Artist
Joey Vera   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
John Bush   Vocals
Phil Sandoval   Guitar
Jeff Duncan   Guitar
Gonzo Sandoval   Percussion,Drums
Steve Zukowsky   Theremin
Jon Saxon   Percussion
Eddie Rouse   Conga

Technical Credits

Joey Vera   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Concept
John Bush   Composer,Lyricist
Bryan Carlstrom   Engineer
Maor Appelbaum   Mastering
Stephanie Cabral   Concept,Cover Design
Gonzo Sandoval   Concept
Brian Ames   Sleeve Design,Layout
Dan Devita   Booking

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