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    Armored Saint 'Punching The Sky' Album Review by JD Rich

    Armored Saint

    Punching The Sky

    Metal Blade Records

    October 23, 2020

    Album Review by JD Rich

    Boston Rock Radio

     

     

    This must be my lucky week! Once again I cracked into my inbox, and once again I found a submission from another legendary metal band waiting for me. This album review stuff certainly has its perks, and getting to hear brand new Armored Saint is one of them! Oh boy did I have high hopes when I plunged into​ Punching The Sky. I’m happy to report there was *zero* disappointment found. Then again, I’m not surprised. This five-man band has been around for almost 40 years (in one form or another), so they’ve had ample time to experiment and grow while perfecting their craft.​

     

    This time around, it took a year and a half to write, organize, record, and produce this masterpiece. Not an easy task for musicians, now add a global pandemic that’s crippled the entire world, especially the music industry. That did not discourage Armored Saint.​  It just served as an inspiration to find industrious ways around a major roadblock. Sure, the process had to be handled by thinking outside the box, but we’re talking about life-long professional musicians here. They live for that shit. These guys flipped the bird to Covid-19 and dug in with even more determination. Punching The Sky is a victory of will and cunning,​

     

    I was sucked in from the very first track, “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants." Armored Saint welcomed me into their world with some unorthodox sounds not common in the Heavy Metal/Hard Rock format. The use of uilleann pipes immediately got my attention. (Many people confuse those with bagpipes. Close, very close.) The last track on the album, “Never You Fret," features an American Indian flute that gives way to one of the most aggressive songs on Punching The Sky. I love it when bands/musicians incorporate unusual elements that make the music stand out, like an added secret recipe used to enhance flavor. In between the first track and the last track, expect to find serious Armored Saint-style Heavy Metal. Rich, full, and thick with substance. Not every song features quirky oddities. That would be a desperately pathetic move, and Armored Saint is nowhere near desperate or pathetic. They know exactly what their fans want, and the band delivers 110%. The essence of the Armored Saint sound is preserved, but also built upon with modern touches to hold interest while evolving with the ever-changing musical landscape. On the other hand, if there is one album that Heavy Metal newcomers should be introduced to, Punching The Sky would be it.​

     

    There’s a reason why Armored Saint has been a reliable mainstay in this format. Listening to their new material only confirms it, and on October 23, everything will become crystal clear when Punching The Sky punches its way into the world. 

     

    For a preview of the album and a video for the new single, "End of the Attention Span" (directed by Robert Graves // ashadowbeyond.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint

     

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