American metal institution Armored Saint will kick off their anticipated North American headlining tour commemorating their classic Symbol Of Salvation full-length July 10th. On this special thirteen-date run, the band will perform the record in its entirety, with select shows to be recorded for a live DVD. Support will be provided by labelmates Act Of Defiance. See all confirmed dates below.
Armored Saint w/ Act Of Defiance:
10/07/2018 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
11/07/2018 Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA
13/07/2018 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
14/07/2018 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
15/07/2018 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC
17/07/2018 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
18/07/2018 The Cambridge @ House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
20/07/2018 Shelter – Detroit, MI
21/07/2018 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
22/07/2018 Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
16/08/2018 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
17/08/2018 Parish @ House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
18/08/2018 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
Further celebrating the album’s legacy, label Metal Blade Records reissued Symbol Of Salvation on CD and LP last month. The LP features a vinyl remastering from Patrick W. Engel as part of the Metal Blade Originals series. The CD includes four bonus tracks. Orders can be made via Indie Merch, EMP, or eBay!
After being dropped by Chrysalis Records in 1988, the band began writing for a new record and searched for a new label. During 1989, founding guitarist/songwriter Dave Prichard was diagnosed with Leukemia. In January 1990, Prichard was hospitalized for a bone marrow transplant but succumbed to the treatment, passing away on February 28th, 1990. By this time, the band was writing as a four-piece, with Dave being the sole guitarist; they had written twenty-five songs and demoed all of them.
Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel approached Armored Saint and offered a recording deal in late spring of 1990. They regrouped with original guitarist Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan, who was hired as a touring guitarist during a 1989 tour with King Diamond. The recording of this new album – which would become Symbol Of Salvation – began in the winter of 1990 with producer Dave Jerden (Alice In Chains, Janes Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and it was engineered by Brain Carlstrom (Alice In Chains, The Offspring, Rob Zombie). During recording, the band used a guitar solo from a demo track played by Dave, and included it on the song Tainted Past.
Armored Saint toured with the likes of The Scorpions, Suicidal Tendencies, Wrathchild America, Sepultura, and more, in support of Symbol Of Salvation. Now, in 2018, the band brings back these classic tracks to the live setting, for fans to enjoy once again, in honour of Prichard’s memory.