Armored Saint – Delirious Nomad (1985)

ArmoredSaint_DeliriousNomad4.5 out of 5 Stars!

I’ve always held a particular fondness for Armored Saint. After taking a chance on the band (along with Ratt, Motley Crue, and numerous other acts, thanks to an article about the “L.A. music scene” in Kerrang! Magazine), I purchased the debut album and instantly appreciated the fact the group wasn’t like the others mentioned in the article (no “glam band” here), but rather a no-holds-barred Heavy Metal band with a terrific singer (John Bush), a shredding guitar team (Phil Sandoval and Dave Prichard), and a thundering rhythm section (bassist Joey Vera and drummer Gonzo Sandoval).

Since those days, I followed the band through thick and thin, and although I’ve loved everything Armored Saint has released, the second album, Delirious Nomad, still remains one of my favorites.

The production (by Max Norman) is full and rich, simply superb, while the music—with stellar tracks such as “Long Before I Die,” “The Laugh,” “Released,” “Conqueror,” “Aftermath,” and my favorite, “You’re Never Alone”—is rock-solid and often brutal, with the band performing on all cylinders, like a well-oiled engine streaking and shrieking across the Heavy Metal, head-bangin’ heavens!

Delirious Nomad should be retitled “Deliriously Wonderful.”

(RIP Dave Prichard)

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