Packing an armoury of steel-coated riffs and songwriting swagger, British hard rock legends Saxon are releasing their 19th studio album titled Call To Arms. Recorded at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, UK and Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton, UK, the 11-track album was co-produced by singer/songwriter Biff Byford and Toby Jepson (Little Angels). Featuring Byford on lead vocals, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitars, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums, Call To Arms is bang on-the-money brilliant Saxon music, a confi dent embrace of the aura and writing values from their early years married perfectly to a modern Saxon crunch. The first edition digipack version of Call To Arms will also contain a free bonus CD featuring 7 songs recorded live at Saxon's historic performance at Castle Donington 1980.
Armored Saint was formed in 1982 by brothers Gonzo Sandoval (drums) and Phil Sandoval (guitar), and guitarist David Prichard, while still enrolled at South Pasadena High School. Next to join were singer John Bush and bassist Joey Vera. While writing and recording rough four-track demos for their next album Symbol Of Salvation, guitarist Dave Prichard was diagnosed with leukemia. Prichard succumbed to the disease before recording sessions for Symbol Of Salvation began. He was replaced by Jeff Duncan. Following the successful Symbol of Salvation tour, John Bush was offered the lead singer position in the thrash metal band Anthrax. Unsure of Armored Saint's future, Bush accepted the job. The remaining members decided to call it quits and Armored Saint was officially disbanded. In 1999, with Anthrax on temporary hiatus, John Bush and Joey Vera decided to reform Armored Saint. The entire Symbol of Salvation lineup returned to the studio, and in 2000 the album Revelation was released. The band recently finished recording their new album titled La Raza, which was released on March 16th 2010.
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