La Raza

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
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: 3/16/2010
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841489125
  • Catalog Number: 14891
  • Sales rank: 4,086

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Loose Cannon (5:06)
  2. 2 Head On (5:46)
  3. 3 Left Hook from Right Field (5:30)
  4. 4 Get Off the Fence (4:48)
  5. 5 Chilled (5:01)
  6. 6 La Raza (6:40)
  7. 7 Black Feet (5:07)
  8. 8 Little Monkey (4:45)
  9. 9 Blues (3:32)
  10. 10 Bandit Country (5:15)
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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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