ARMORED SAINT ARE BACK WITH SYMBOL OF SALVATION LIVE
For those keeping score, you know that I don’t tend to feature live albums in my new releases posts. Yes, I list them but I don’t tend to do a write-up about them unless I think they’re really good.
I’m also not going to lie, John Bush and Joey Vera are two of the people I have enjoyed interviewing the most over the years. Their music has always been a big part of the soundtrack of my life, thanks to the album Symbol Of Salvation.
When I saw that the band would be releasing a live version of this album I instantly wanted to check it out. The band has seldomly let me down in the past, if ever. But a lot of bands tend to mail in live albums, and make you think why bother? You can tell it was just a paycheck for a lot of them.
I was lucky enough to have a screener of the DVD/Blu-Ray sent to me to check out. I instantly got goosebumps when “Reign Of Fire” started up. And that continued while watching the entire show.
Call me an old bastard, but when I listen to a live album, and yeah I know not every album I’m going to mention is truly live, but I want it to give me chills like Kiss Alive! and Alive II, Iron Maiden’s Live After Death, UFO’s Strangers In The Night, Scorpions World Wide Live, Ozzy’s Tribute, Metallica’s Live Shit..Binge And Purge, etc. These albums were full of energy, they made you want to be at the show. And in some instances choose the live versions of songs over the original studio albums.
Most newer live albums don’t do that because they’re missing that energy, that it factor that makes them special. Even some of the bands listed above. Some of their newer live albums sound too overproduced and stale.
If you get to watch Symbol Of Salvation Live, you’ll see there is no pyro, no over-the-top props on stage, it’s just the band ripping through one of their most important albums. It sounds sonically great and looks fantastic. Vince Edwards and Stephanie Cabral did an amazing job capturing the band live.
I’ve listened to Symbol Of Salvation a lot over the years, but with the advent of being able to create digital playlists, you tend to only listen to the songs you enjoy the most. So I had not listened to the album in its entirety in a while. There were many times during the show that I kept thinking “oh shit, this one is on here too, I forgot”. The hits just kept coming per se.
Before you know it this album is over. It’s a classic album turned up a notch with additional energy and sweat poured over the top. If you remotely liked Symbol Of Salvation the studio album, check out Symbol Of Salvation Live.
Here is Armored Saint with the title track, "Symbol Of Salvation":
Check out Symbol Of Salvation Live by Armored Saint
Not sure whether this album is for you or not? Check it out on Spotify, Apple Music, or Bandcamp below.
U.D.O. the band has always been good at releasing new material over the years. There doesn’t tend to be anything groundbreaking, and you kind of know what to expect.
And that’s fine, I’m not the type of person that needs to compare everything Udo Dirkschneider does to “Balls To The Wall”, “Fast As A Shark” or “Restless And Wild”. I can appreciate an artist’s new music and enjoy it without it having to replace my favorite album by a band.
Tracks like “Fear Detector”, “Holy Invaders” and “Prophecy” have slotted in nicely into my U.D.O. playlist. I don’t need them to have the most cerebral lyrics, incorporate jazz progressions, or have a million notes played during the solo. I just want to be entertained.
Like most U.D.O. albums there tend to be a bunch of tracks that just stand out above the rest. The others aren’t bad by any means, but they’re more par for the course. In other words, what you’d expect from the band. Again, nothing wrong with that. Plenty of people will actually like this about Game Over.
As a result, anyone that’s a fan of Udo’s past work should check the album out. I’m sure more than one track will jump out at you.
Here is U.D.O. with "Prophecy":
Check out Game Over by U.D.O.
Check out the album before picking it up on Spotify or Apple Music. You can also pick it up directly from Frontiers, or from my Amazon Affiliates links below.
HERE ARE SOME OTHER NEW RELEASES THAT MAY INTEREST YOU
Dream Theater – A View From The Top Of The World
Cradle Of Filth – Existence Is Futile
Every Time I Die – Radical
Starset – Horizons
Massacre – Resurgence
Empty – Made Of Fire
Catalyst Crime – Catalyst Crime
Sulphurous – The Black Mouth Of Spelchre
Cognos – Cognos
Slow Crush – Hush
Premiata Forneria Marconi – I Dreamed of Electric Sheep
TheCityIsOurs – Coma
Apparition – Feel
Can’t Swim – Change Of Plans
Amaunet – While I’m Living
Worm – Foreverglade
LIVLØS – And Then There Were None
1914 – Where Fear And Weapons Meet
Green Lung – Black Harvest
SEIMS – Four
Burning Point – Arsonist Of The Soul
Nightland – For Once My Name
Thirteen Bled Promises – Foundation
Don’t Grow Old // Burr – Don’t Grow Old // Burr Split
Slayer – Haunting The Chapel
Slayer – Hell Awaits
Slayer – Live Undead
Slayer – Show No Mercy
Ghoul – Live In The Flesh
Sepultura – Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009 Box Set
Sixx:A.M. – Sixx:A.M. Hits
Ihsahn – The Hyperborean Collection
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