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SAINT - COLLECTION 1984-1999 - Reviewed by EC



Warriors Of The Son
1.Plan II
2.Legions Of The Dead
3.Abyss
4.Warriors Of The Son
5.Vicars Of Fear
6.Times Wasting

Times End
1.In The Night
2.Island Prisoner
3.Space Cruiser
4.Through You
5.Times End
6.Primed And Ready
7.Destroyers
8.Phantom Of The Galaxy
9.Steel Killer
Too Late For Living
1.Too Late For Living
2.Star Pilot
3.Accuser
4.The Rock
5.On The Street
6.Returning
7.The Path
8.Through The Sky
9.The War Is Over

Perfect Life
1.The Runner
2.Raise Your Hands
3.Show His Love
4.To Live Forever
5.The Perfect Life
6.Deceived
White metal lives again! Saint have finally received some much needed justice, being reissued in this smokin' 2CD set by Armor Records. This set is the perfect Saint collector's piece, serving up all four studio albums in one handy dandy jewel case.

Disc one gives us the debut record, 1984's "Warriors Of The Son", and 1986's followup "Time's End". Disc two offers "Too Late For Living" from 1989 and the band's reunion record, "The Perfect Life" from 1999.

If thats not enough, Armor Records also gives us a fairly decent biography on the act, detailing the band's beginnings through the new lineup of 2003. The packaging enhances this great collection with rare promo pics and live shots. Alot of 80s metal is getting reissued these days, whether they are deserving or not. This band certainly deserves a worthy reissue.

Saint were a Christian metal act that were widely ignored by metal maniacs and mainstream press worldwide. The band sounded nothing like white metal icons Petra or Stryper, opting for a more heavier sound than those groups.

The band's first record, "Warriors Of The Son", is a raw gritty masterpiece of Christian headbanging, slicing up Motley Crue, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden into a heavenly brew of melodic metal. The followup, "Time's End", found the band playing a little faster, perhaps conjuring up "Defenders Of The Faith" with vocalist Josh Kamer a dead-ringer for Rob Halford. "Too Late For Living" was the group's most mature effort, recorded on 24-tracks the album found the band concentrating on song writing and adding intricate leads and rhythm to the pattern. "The Perfect Life" is kind of a throw-away here, as the band simply lost direction, striving for past glory but coming up short.

Whether you dig Jesus or not (and for the most part I hope you do), Saint are a worthy addition to any metal collection. If you like this band or want to hear some more good white metal acts, check out Recon, Joshua, Bloodstone, and Impellitteri. Jesus rock rules baby!!

--EC 9.26.03
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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