Armored Saint & Act of Defiance @ House of Blues Anaheim – 08/17/2018
One of the original leaders of the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene Armored Saint made a stop at The Parish Room at House of Blues Anaheim on Friday night August 17. Out playing their 1991 album Symbol of Salvation in its entirety, Armored Saint is at the top of their game in 2018, sounding better than ever. Out on this tour with the Saint are Metalblade label mates Act of Defiance who are supporting their 2017 sophomore release Old Scars, New Wounds. Also playing on this night were Los Angeles metal veterans Heretic.
Act of Defiance is a metal band with only two albums under their belt but the sum of the pedigree of all the members is impressive. Guitarist Chris Broderick (former Megadeth, Nevermore, Jag Panzer) is a total shredder, drummer Shawn Drover who was also in Megadeth the same time as Broderick is a hard hitting monster behind the kit while his rhythm partner on bass Matt Bachand was previously in Shadows Fall and vocalist Henry Derek was previously in Thrown into Exile and together in Act of Defiance they harness their collective backgrounds producing a sonic boom of metal. The band played nine songs from their two albums and fit perfectly in the opening slot for Armored Saint.
Armored Saint opened the night with the classic “March of the Saint” before playing two more random songs then going into Symbol of Salvation from start to finish. Vocalist John Bush has aged like a fine wine and his voice sounds pristine – it is truly a spectacle to watch and hear the man sing.
The dual guitar attack of Jeff Duncan and Phil Sandoval is a sight to hear and the rhythm of drummer Gonzo Sandoval alongside original bass player Joey Vera is thunderous. Upon the completion of Symbol of Salvation the band did a three song encore ending the night with “Can U Deliver”.
Armored Saint remain one of the greatest metal bands to emerge from Los Angeles and Act of Defiance offer a modern day slab of screeching metal – this tour is now over but catch these bands as soon as you can!
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