2015 Armored Saint interview with Joey Vera
Ever since their inception in the early 1980s, American heavy metal maestros Armored Saint have presented masterly heavy metal throughout their 30-year career. The fact that the band has been playing across generations of heavy metal speaks volumes of their musical acumen. However, Armored Saint is one of those bands which have remained underrated despite their delivery of top-notch heavy metal and a brilliant line-up consisting of bassist Joey Vera, brothers Phil Sandoval (guitar) and Gonzo Sandoval (drums), guitarist Jeff Duncan, and vocalist John Bush, also known for his memorable work with Anthrax. Armored Saint is all set to release their seventh studio album, Win Hands Down, after a five-year gap. It is yet another addition to the slew of excellent heavy metal records that the band has put out. Win Hands Down is yet another example of superlative heavy metal with a good deal of versatility standing out amidst the glory of customary heavy metal.
Gearing up for their new tour, Metalholic had a chat with founding member and bassist Joey Vera. He discusses Win Hands Down, songwriting, John Bush’s vocals, update on Fates Warning new album, whether he regrets declining an offer to join Metallica after Cliff Burton’s death, upcoming tour and much more.