Metal Blade Records To Release Retrospective Vinyl Set “The Story Of Metal Blade”

Metal Blade Records have announced that they will be releasing a retrospective vinyl box set, titled “The Story Of Metal Blade,” in May. The limited edition set will feature eight albums from the label’s history, a podcast series, deluxe liner notes, and a photo booklet. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Courtney Catagnus, Sr Director, Business Development & Partnerships, VMP, commented:

“In the 80’s, when Brian Slagel released Metal Massacre – the inaugural Metal Blade compilation that featured a little local band called Metallica – he altered the course of music history as we know it. So, there was a resounding ‘hell yes’ from the VMP team to partner with Metal Blade to release our first-ever heavy music Anthology. In true Anthology form, we brought in the connoisseurs of the genre to guide us through the history of the label, as told through these eight key albums from Metal Blade, with guidance from legendary magazine, Revolver. We’re so proud to bring you this next chapter in our Anthology series and can’t wait to dive in together to unpack the rich history and influence of Metal Blade.”

Here’s the records that will be included:

01. Omen – “Warning Of Danger” (1985)
02. Fates Warning – “The Spectre Within” (1985)
03. GWAR – “America Must Be Destroyed” (1991)
04. Cannibal Corpse – “Butchered At Birth” (1991)
05. King Diamond – “Voodoo” (1998)
06. The Black Dahlia Murder – “Miasma” (2005)
07. Amon Amarth – “Twilight Of The Thunder God” (2008)
08. Armored Saint – “La Raza” (2010)

Watch Trailer For “Armored Saint: The Movie” Documentary

The first trailer for the new Armored Saint documentary “Armored Saint: The Movie” has officially been released. You can check that out below. The film, which tells the story of a “band of brothers that created their own unique sound and image in the 1980’s Los Angeles Rock and Metal Scene,” will feature interviews with James Hetfield (Metallica), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records), Cliff Bernstein (Q Prime Management), and more.

Armored Saint Premiere “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants” Video

Armored Saint have premiered a new video for their new song “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants.” This track is from the band’s new album “Punching The Sky,” which will be released on October 23.

Armored Saint Announce Livestream Concert

Armored Saint will be celebrating the release of their new album “Punching The Sky” (out October 23) with a special virtual concert. The show will stream live from the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California on October 10 and tickets can be found HERE. The band will also be answering some questions from fans who submit them on Facebook. The group commented:

“We are very excited about our new record ‘Punching The Sky’, and we’d be pleased if you’d join us in this virtual show to help celebrate the release date. In these strange times where none of us can go to see live music anymore, this is the closest thing we can do about that. We will be on stage, cranking it out as we always do. We will certainly be missing seeing all of you in the venue, but we hope you’ll rock out with us in the comfort of your own homes!”

Armored Saint Premiere “End Of The Attention Span” Video

Armored Saint have premiered a new video for their new song “End Of The Attention Span.” This track is from the band’s new album “Punching The Sky,” which will be released on October 23.

Joey Vera said the following about the video:

“We’ve teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single, ‘End of the Attention Span.’ Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates. The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

He also added the following about the album:

“The goal is to write really good music. I know I’m stating the obvious here but that’s about the size of our agenda. We’ve been able to shed a lot of expectations that sometimes plague a band like ours that has been around a long time, and we’ve recently moved into a comfort zone with just being ourselves. We have this kind of freedom now that we didn’t really have early in our career, and we can take some chances and make the kind of music that we want to hear. This record is a reflection of where we are at, right now.”

John Bush continued:

“When you’re a band that began four decades ago, you really have to push yourself harder than ever when it comes to making a new record. The last thing you ever want is for it to appear as though you were going through the motions or that you’re just putting a product out to do some touring. The records are immortal. They’ll be here long after us. Every one needs to count in its own individual way.”

“Punching The Sky” Track Listing:

01. “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants”
02. “End Of The Attention Span”
03. “Bubble”
04. “My Jurisdiction”
05. “Do Wrong To None”
06. “Lone Wolf”
07. “Missile To Gun”
08. “Fly In The Ointment”
09. “Bark, No Bite”
10. “Unfair”
11. “Never You Fret”

Armored Saint Planning October Release For New Album

Armored Saint have confirmed that they are planning to release their new album in October. The band commented:

“Our record comes out in Oct. 2020. So Much Good Stuff is coming. Stay close to the goodness in your hearts. God Bless You all! 🙂 The Calm Before the Storm. Armored Saint’s “Gonzo Drums of Thunder”…we are making videos. Lot’s of thrills ahead! Stay Strong Stay Safe! Enjoy!”

Brian Posehn Premieres “Grandpa Metal” Video

Brian Posehn has premiered a new video for the title track of his latest album “Grandpa Metal.” The clip features remotely recorded performances from Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil, Fall Out Boy‘s Joe Trohman, and Armored Saint‘s Joey Vera.

Watch Graham Bonnet Perform Michael Schenker Group’s “Assault Attack” With Vio-lence, Bleeding Through, Armored Saint, Etc. Members

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has shared a quarantine cover of the Michael Schenker Group’s “Assault Attack.” The track also features Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow, ex-Michael Schenker Group), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), John Tempesta (The Cult), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), and Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000).

Phil Demmel commented:

“I knew I had wanted to jam on a tune with Johnny but I hadn’t came across which one. I knew he was a huge Cozy Powell fan and we both love Schenker so I proposed the instrumental MSG tune ‘Into the Arena’. He had done something similar to that tune previously with his brother Mike and suggested the banger track ‘Assault Attack’, off a record featuring vocalist Graham Bonnet and a friend of John’s, Ted Mckenna (who had tragically passed away a few years back). He then (kinda) joked about asking Graham to sing on it then reached out to him and made it happen! Marta nailed the keys and vocal harmonies and our good friend and incredible bassist Joey Vera from the legendary Armored Saint not only laid down the bass tracks, but also provided the mix for this. Mike and I both played our Schenker tribute guitars Originally aired for Metal Injections ‘Slay at Home’ fest and video edit by Frank Godla. Thanks to Conrad for getting us Graham’s vocal/vid, and to Joey Vera for the mix!”