2020 Best of Metal: #7 Armored Saint-Punching the Sky

Release date: October 23, 2020

Origin: Los Angeles, California

Personnel: John Bush-vox, Phil Sandoval-guitar, Jeff Duncan-guitar, Joey Vera-bass, Gonzo Sandoval-drums

This was a special one. It’s always great to see one of the classic bands from metal’s heyday come out of nowhere with an absolute barnburner of an album. For a band damn near 40 years into their career to put out an album this solid is something to applaud. There’s not a stinker on this album. This is classic metal. Turn your system up to 11 and crank the hell out of it this fine Christmas morning.

4.5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:
7. Armored Saint-Punching the Sky
8. Huntsmen-Mandala of Fear
9. Black Crown Initiate-Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape
10. Haken-Virus
11. Fake Names-Fake Names
12. Kvelertak-Splid
13. King Buffalo-Dead Star
14. Sylosis-Cycle of Suffering
15. Kirk Windstein-Dream in Motion
16. Oranssi Pazuzu-Mestarin Kynsi
17. Forming the Void-Reverie
18. Lamb of God-Lamb of God
19. Demons and Wizards-III
20. Killer Be Killed-Reluctant Hero

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