Symbol of Salvation

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Symbol of Salvation
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Studio album by Armored Saint
Released May 14, 1991
Recorded
  • 1989 (Dave Prichard's guitar solo on "Tainted Past")
  • 1990–1991
Genre Heavy metal
Length 55:48
Label Metal Blade Records
Producer Dave Jerden
Armored Saint chronology
Saints Will Conquer
(1988)Saints Will Conquer1988
Symbol of Salvation
(1991)
Revelation
(2000)Revelation2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard (de)9.5/10[2]

Symbol of Salvation is the fourth album by American heavy metal band Armored Saint. It was released in 1991 on Metal Blade Records and was their last album before going on an extended hiatus that would last until 1999. The songs on this album were written and demoed between 1988 and 1990 with original guitarist Dave Prichard (except "Truth Always Hurts"), who died of leukemia in 1990 prior to recording. The first guitar solo on "Tainted Past" was lifted from a 1989 4-track demo recorded by Prichard. The album was produced by Dave Jerden, who had produced Alice In Chains and Jane's Addiction albums beforehand. Jerden would go on to produce vocalist John Bush's first album with Anthrax, Sound of White Noise in 1993.

Reception[edit]

In 2005, Symbol of Salvation was ranked number 424 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Reign of Fire"John BushDavid Prichard3:57
2."Dropping Like Flies"BushPrichard4:39
3."Last Train Home"BushJeff Duncan5:19
4."Tribal Dance"BushPrichard, Joey Vera, Gonzo Sandoval4:07
5."The Truth Always Hurts"BushPhil Sandoval, Duncan4:20
6."Half Drawn Bridge"InstrumentalVera1:27
7."Another Day"BushPrichard5:32
8."Symbol of Salvation"Bush, G. SandovalDuncan, Vera4:36
9."Hanging Judge"BushPrichard3:45
10."Warzone"BushPrichard3:38
11."Burning Question"BushPrichard4:18
12."Tainted Past"Bush, G. Sandoval, VeraVera7:04
13."Spineless"Bush, DuncanVera, Prichard4:16
Total length:57:04

2003 reissue on Metal Blade Records[edit]

In 2003, Metal Blade Records remastered and re-released the album as a 3-disc Special Edition, which in addition to the full 13 song track list, the first disc contains the music videos to "Reign Of Fire," and "Last Train Home." The second disc contains the original 1989 4-track demos (the same demos that the solo of "Tainted Past" came from) of every song from the album (except the instrumental "Half Drawn Bridge"), all which feature original guitarist Dave Prichard. The remainder of the 2nd disc is the first half of a retrospective interview with the band and Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, and the third disc contains the second half of the same interview.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Kühnemund, Götz. "Rock Hard review". issue 50. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  3. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 40. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.