Armoured Saint La Razza

Armoured Saint La Razza
Their sixth studio album in almost 30 years, and first since 2000's pseudo-enjoyable Revelation, La Razza marks another return from American power metal/hard rock outfit Armoured Saint. As expected, the album abounds in vocalist John Bush's soaring vocals, which only Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson could top in sheer talent, and features plenty of lilting interludes, intricate musical twists and fiery solos. What it generally tends to lack, however, is a sense of relevancy in this day and age. There are bands that maintain a career based on nostalgia or revival, others that have forged on unhindered, failing to realize times have changed and some with the mindset that a reunion is vital, secretly pined for by 'bangers across the globe. None are the case here, resulting in some great efforts put into negligible returns. Sure, the production is fantastic, as are the songwriting and performances, it passes the time and might tug on some heartstrings for anyone who's lost their mane, or raze what remains of it. However, for this day and age, La Razza feels outdated in theory, let alone execution. (Metal Blade)