Armored Saint was formed in 1982 by brothers Gonzo Sandoval (drums) and Phil Sandoval (guitar), and guitarist David Prichard, with singer John Bush and bassist Joey Vera. While writing and recording rough four-track demos for their album Symbol Of Salvation, guitarist Dave Prichard was diagnosed with leukemia, succumbed to the disease before recording sessions began and was replaced by Jeff Duncan. Following the successful Symbol of Salvation tour, John Bush was offered the lead singer position in the thrash metal band Anthrax. Unsure of Armored Saint‘s future, Bush accepted the job. The remaining members decided to call it quits and Armored Saint was officially disbanded. In 1999, with Anthrax on temporary hiatus, John Bush and Joey Vera decided to reform Armored Saint. The entire Symbol of Salvation lineup returned to the studio, and in 2000 the album Revelation was released followed by La Raza in 2010 and now Win Hands Down on June 2, 2015. (adapted from Armored Saint Facebook page).
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