Armored Saint – “La Raza.”

Written by on August 5, 2010 in August 5, 2010, Music Reviews - Comments Off on Armored Saint – “La Raza.”

Release Date:  March 16th, 1992
Record Label:  Metal Blade
Rating Points: 9 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. Loose Cannon
  2. Head On
  3. Left Hook From Right Field
  4. Get Off the Fence
  5. Chilled
  6. La Raza
  7. Black Feet
  8. Little Monkey
  9. Blues
  10. Bandit Country

Armored SaintIt’s kind of ironic how I got into Armored Saint.  I have always known about Armored Saint, and have heard their songs here and there, but I’ve never been a die-hard fan….until I saw them play at Rocklahoma in 2008. I actually knew quite a few more songs than I thought I did. And the songs I didn’t know, I loved. They put on such an amazing, high-energy show, that I instantly fell in love.

From there, as a late bloomer, I became die-hard. I bought all the Armored Saint CD’s, and all the Anthrax CD’s that John Bush sang on, including “Sound of White Noise,’ “Stomp 442,” and “We’ve Come for You All.” Armored Saint recently released, “La Raza,” and I completely fell in love with it, from start to finish. And even though I continuously buy CD’s , “La Raza” keeps finding its way back into my CD player.

I really like the concept as well, and the message that they are putting out there.  “La Raza” is a Spanish term, meaning the people, specifically the people of Chicano and Mexican descent. I think their message refers to us all, the human race, in general. Even when I recently saw Armored Saint, John Bush said he felt a bit awkward being a white guy talking about “La Raza.” Basically, the CD is about people, and the trials and the tribulations of human existence.

The first track, “Loose Cannon” begins slow, and gradually builds into a powerful anthem., which sets the pace for the entire CD.  The song talks about road rage, and how we are all in a hurry… something we can all relate to, especially those of us who live in Los Angeles. We are all so caught up in our daily lives; we don’t take time to appreciate the little things.

“Left Hook From Right Field” is a fist pounder that talks about if you don’t believe what I do, you ain’t getting into heaven.

My absolute favorite song on the CD is “Chilled.” I just can’t get enough of this song! I just listen to it over and over and over again.  It’s catchy, has great guitar riffs, and makes you think about the perception of time. It takes you on a journey through your mind and through reality.

The title track, “La Raza,” is a great follow-up for “Chilled.” It has some killer Latin drumbeats, and is an eye-opener to where we stand today.  The CD closes strong, with “Bandit Country” which is my other favorite song on the CD.

Seriously, “La Raza” is the MOST amazing album that I have heard in a long time. Musically, and lyrically, it speaks to us…. the human race. It truly gives you something to think about, and something to rock out to, at the same time. If you haven’t heard it, get it now. You will not be disappointed.

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