Ready for some new material from Saint? Well, this is not a new album… but that is coming soon. This is another high quality re-mastered re-issue of an independently released Saint disc.
Title: The Revelation
Label: Retroactive Records
Time: 12 tracks/49:36 min.
The Revelation began life as The Mark in 2006. While the band and fans loved the songs, everyone agreed that the sonic qualities needed improvement. So in 2011 they set out to fix that by remixing and remastering everything from the ground up, so to speak. The new sound was so great that they decided to rename the album and give it new artwork. Having never heard the 2006 version, I can’t comment on the changes. But this version sounds great – whatever problems there were with the original are definitely fixed now. If you couldn’t tell by both titles of the CD, this album is all based on a particular book of the Bible. While I would say that this is generally the heaviest Saint album to date, it also contains one of the few ballads you will hear from them. Of course, when I say “ballad” you have to realize it is still probably heavier than most pop-metal songs out there. While Judas Priest is still the major influence on this album, you also hear shades of many other metal bands – everything from Accept to early Van Halen. It’s no secret that I love Saint… so of course I love this album. But if you have ever thought that you kind of like Saint, but only wish for a bit more variety on their albums – this is the album for you. The songs range from the previously mentioned ballad to the speed metal “Painkiller”-esque “The 7th trumpet.” Once again, Retroactive Records provides us with the definitive re-issue of a great slab of metal.