ARMORED SAINT Re-Sign With Metal Blade Records

ARMORED SAINT Re-Sign With Metal Blade Records

Band To Play Special Hometown Show Next Month

Queensrÿche Tour Underway

European tour in Summer 2024

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

Legendary heavy metal outfit ARMORED SAINT have renewed their long running partnership with Metal Blade Records with a worldwide multi-album deal. Metal Blade released ARMORED SAINT‘s 1983 eponymous debut EP and the band has called Metal Blade home since 1988‘s Saints Will Conquer live album.

The band comments:
John Bush: “Armored Saint cemented our family relationship with Metal Blade even more by signing a new contract for a record due in 2025. There is nowhere else I‘d rather be! I love [Chairman/CEO] Brian [Slagel], [President] Tracy [Vera], and the staff. It‘s home. What more can I say.”

Gonzo Sandoval: “I’m pleased to say that in the year of 2024 we have re-signed a record deal with Metal Blade Records. Once again, I’m looking forward to making killer ARMORED SAINT music with Metal Blade as our record label. I feel blessed and appreciate the opportunity to be able to release a new ARMORED SAINT record in 2025! Stay tuned ARMORED SAINT Hooligans throughout the world and beyond and spread the word. ARMORED SAINT for Life!”

Phil Sandoval: “ARMORED SAINT and Metal Blade have a long history and after all the incredible amount of trials and tribulations the band has been through, Metal Blade has been there for ARMORED SAINT. Brian Slagel in particular was paramount in getting me back in the band to record Symbol Of Salvation along with Jeff Duncan. And in 2024 we have a new deal. I just want to say, ’Thank you, Metal Blade.‘”

Jeff Duncan: “I‘m so thrilled to sign a new deal with Metal Blade Records. Metal Blade has been ARMORED SAINT‘s home for many years and I‘m looking forward to another new and productive chapter with them!”

Joey Vera: “We’re honoured to continue our long relationship with Metal Blade Records with this new signing. Their staunch support for ARMORED SAINT has been one of the pillars in the band’s history. We cannot do any of this without them and we look forward to bringing even more new music this year.”

Adds Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, “I am honored and humbled to continue our long standing relationship with ARMORED SAINT! One of the best metal bands of all time! So happy to keep them in the Metal Blade family!”


ARMORED SAINT are currently on tour supporting Queensrÿche. The trek, which commenced on March 27th in Anaheim, California, includes several ARMORED SAINT headlining shows scattered throughout and closes with a very special hometown headlining show on May 22nd at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Tickets are on sale now with VIP upgrades available HERE:

See all remaining dates below.
ARMORED SAINT w/ Queensrÿche [Remaining dates]:
4/26/2024 Empire Live – Albany, NY
4/27/2024 Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/28/2024 Toad‘s – New Haven, CT
4/30/2024 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
5/01/2024 Keswick Theater – Glenside, PA
5/02/2024 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY **
5/03/2024 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
5/04/2024 Lovedrafts – Mechanicsburg, PA **
5/05/2024 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
5/07/2024 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/09/2024 Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL
5/10/2024 The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
5/11/2024 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
5/12/2024 The Ranch – Ft Myers, FL
5/15/2024 Scout Bar – Houston, TX **
5/16/2024 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX ** w/ Dangerous Toys
5/17/2024 Granada Theater – Dallas, TX ** w/ Dangerous Toys
5/18/2024 The Shrine – Tulsa, OK **
5/20/2024 Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ **
5/21/2024 Count‘s Vamp‘d – Las Vegas, NV **
5/22/2024 El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA ** w/ Kyng
** ARMORED SAINT headlining show

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As previously announced ARMORED SAINT will return to Europe in the summer for a full run of club shows and handpicked festivals! Please see full dates below, more to be confirmed!

27/07/24 DE – Brande-Hörnerkirchen Headbangers Open Air
28/07/24 DE – Rottenburg-Seebronn Rock of Ages Festival
30/07/24 DE – Berlin – Hole 44 / + support
31/07/24 PL – Goleniów – Rampa Kultura / + support
01/08/24 DE – Wacken – Wacken Open Air
04/08/24 RO – Rasnov – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
07/08/24 CZ – Josefov – Brutal Assault Festival
09/08/24 NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg / + support
10/08/24 DE – Essen – Turock / + support
11/08/24 BE – Kortrijk – Alcatraz Festival
13/08/24 UK – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms / + support
14/08/24 UK – Manchester – Rebellion / + support
16/08/24 UK – Wolverhampton – KK´s Steelmill / + support
17/08/24 UK – London – The Dome / + support
18/08/24 UK – Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms / + support


ARMORED SAINT‘s most recent studio album, Punching The Sky, was released in 2020. The critically lauded full-length hit worldwide record charts including #4 on Billboard‘s Current Hard Music Albums chart, #6 on the Top New Artists chart, #16 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #17 on the Current Rock Albums chart upon its first week of release.

A diverse, attitude-drenched collection, the record offers everything the band‘s faithful have come to expect from them while pushing their signature sound forward.  Exploding to life with the crunchy, rousing “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants” and not letting up until the closing ruthless riff of “Never You Fret,” the record is possessed of an urgency and vigor which very much places it in the right now, but could only be the work of bassist Joey Vera, guitarists Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan, drummer Gonzo Sandoval, and vocalist John Bush. The record also features a few guest musicians further expanding its sonic palette, the whole thing kicking off with the sound of Uilleann Pipes, Vera finding player Patrick D‘Arcy in Los Angeles and recruiting him to the cause. Guns ’N‘ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed also contributes, Vera giving both him and D‘Arcy some general directions and letting them loose, both of them delivering strong performances. The band‘s own Gonzo Sandoval plays an American Indian flute on “Never You Fret” – a first for ARMORED SAINT and their drummer. Also Jacob Ayala, the son of a childhood friend who is a drum major in high school, added some marching snare on one of the tracks, which really stands out.

Preview and purchase Punching The Sky at:

John Bush – vocals
Jeff Duncan – guitars
Phil Sandoval – guitars
Joey Vera – bass
Gonzo Sandoval – drums