Armored Saint's 1991"Symbol of Salvation" 12" Vinyl LP, produced by Dave Jerden and Brian Slagel, holds historical significance in the evolving metal landscape. Amid the tragic loss of guitarist Dave Pritchard to leukemia, the album, featuring Jeff Duncan's notable guitar work, symbolizes resilience. Eddy Schreyer's mastering and Canyon Design's visual contributions add depth, making it a timeless representation of the band's dedication during a pivotal era in metal. This web-page has hi-res photos of the album covers, record label and a detailed description.


Photo of "Symbol of Salvation" Album's Front Cover 

"Symbol of Salvation"Album Description:

Armored Saint's "Symbol of Salvation" 12" Vinyl LP stands as a timeless testament to the band's prowess in the metal scene during the early '90s. Released in 1991, the album not only marked a significant moment in the discography of Armored Saint but also encapsulated the essence of the era's metal landscape.

In the context of the early 1990s, the metal genre was undergoing a transformation, with various subgenres and styles emerging. Armored Saint, hailing from the metal hub of Los Angeles, contributed to this dynamic period with "Symbol of Salvation." The album's release coincided with a time of both innovation and diversification within the metal community.

Tragically, the production of the album was marred by the untimely death of guitarist Dave Pritchard, who succumbed to leukemia before the final mix and recording. This somber event adds a poignant layer to the album, making it a symbol not just of salvation but also of resilience and dedication in the face of adversity.

The production team behind "Symbol of Salvation" played a crucial role in shaping its sonic landscape. Dave Jerden, renowned for his work with other metal acts, took on the role of producer. Brian Slagel, a notable figure in the metal industry, also contributed as a producer, while Annette Cisneros and Brian Carlstrom served as sound engineers, ensuring the album's sonic quality met the high standards of the time.

Eddy Schreyer, who sadly passed away in 2013, made significant contributions to the album through mastering and additional work as a sound engineer. The mastering process is crucial in refining the final sound of the album, and Schreyer's involvement reflects the commitment to delivering a polished and impactful musical experience.

The visual aspects of the album were not overlooked, with Canyon Design handling the logo design. Album art and logos were pivotal in establishing a band's identity, and Canyon Design's work added a visual component that complemented the music.

The photography for "Symbol of Salvation" was a collaborative effort, featuring the work of John Scarpati and William Hames. Visual elements in metal culture often hold symbolic significance, and the album's artwork and photographs contributed to the overall narrative that Armored Saint aimed to convey.

Jeff Duncan's guitar work on the album played a crucial role in defining its sound. His contributions, along with those of the entire band, showcased a musicality that resonated with fans and critics alike. "Symbol of Salvation" wasn't just an album; it was a statement that demonstrated Armored Saint's ability to navigate the evolving metal landscape with skill and authenticity.

Released in 1991, the album found its place in a period of transition for metal, merging traditional elements with the emerging trends of the time. Armored Saint's "Symbol of Salvation" remains a significant chapter in the band's history, a musical offering that not only paid homage to the roots of metal but also pushed its boundaries, leaving an indelible mark on the genre.

Music Genre:

  Heavy Thrash Metal
Album  Production information:

The album: "Symbol of Salvation" was produced by: Dave Jerden

Brian Slagel - Producer

Brian Slagel is an influential figure in the world of heavy metal music. Born on 17 February 1961, in Los Angeles, California, Slagel developed a deep passion for music at an early age. Growing up in the music scene of the 1970s and 1980s, he played an instrumental role in shaping the landscape of heavy metal as we know it today.


In his teenage years, Slagel immersed himself in the thriving metal scene of Los Angeles. He attended numerous concerts and built a vast network of connections with musicians, fans, and industry professionals. Recognizing the immense talent around him, Slagel decided to channel his passion into something more substantial.

In 1982, at the age of 21, Slagel founded Metal Blade Records in his small apartment. The label began as a means to support and promote local metal bands who were struggling to secure record deals. Slagel's vision was to create a platform where these talented artists could showcase their music and gain wider recognition.

Metal Blade Records released its first compilation album, "Metal Massacre", in 1982. The album featured now-legendary bands such as Metallica, Ratt, and Slayer, among others. This groundbreaking release played a significant role in catapulting Metal Blade Records and its roster of artists into the spotlight.

As the label continued to grow, Slagel nurtured and signed a multitude of influential bands, including Mercyful Fate , Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, and Armored Saint , to name just a few. His keen ear for talent and unwavering support for the genre helped Metal Blade Records become one of the most successful independent labels in the music industry.

Throughout his career, Slagel remained committed to preserving the authenticity and integrity of heavy metal music. While other labels veered towards more commercial sounds, Slagel stayed true to his roots, signing and promoting bands that embodied the spirit of the genre. He played a crucial role in the rise of the thrash metal movement, which had a profound impact on the music industry and inspired countless musicians.

In addition to his work as a label owner, Slagel has also served as a producer, working on albums for bands like Flotsam and Jetsam, Exciter, and Trouble. His deep understanding of the genre and his ability to bring out the best in artists allowed him to make significant contributions to their musical journeys.

Over the years, Brian Slagel's contributions to heavy metal have been widely recognized and celebrated. In 2010, he received the "Lifetime Achievement" award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony. His dedication to the genre has left an indelible mark on the music world, influencing generations of metal musicians and fans alike.

Today, Metal Blade Records continues to thrive under Slagel's guidance. His passion, perseverance, and unwavering belief in the power of heavy metal have cemented his legacy as one of the most influential figures in the genre. Brian Slagel's story is a testament to the transformative power of music and the immense impact that one person can have on an entire cultural movement.

Annette Cisneros - Sound Engineer

Brian Carlstrom (1961-2013) - Sound Engineer

Bryan Carlstrom (Brian Carlstrom) an versatile and experienced Producer and Sound Engineer in rock, hip-hop, punk, jazz, heavy metal, etc. This document covers the heavy metal bands and albums he has produced or engineered during the 1980s, which include bands like "Sacred Reich", Tyrant, Incubus, Pandemonium, etc. "Brian Carlstrom" and "Ken Paulakovich" having been working on the same albums on several occasions. These albums include: "Money Talks - Cryptic Slaughter", "A Distant Thunder - Helstar", "Serpent Temptation - Incubus", "The Kill, Pandemonium", "Ignorance - Sacred Reich", "Depths of Death - Sentinel", "Too Late to Pray - Tyrant". "Scott Campbell" worked also with them on "Money Talks - Cryptic Slaughter", and "Tyrant - Too late to Pray".

Eddy Schreyer - Mastering, Sound Engineer

Eddy Schreyer, a highly skilled mastering engineer and the proud owner of Oasis Mastering, located in Studio City, California, has garnered a remarkable reputation in the music industry over the course of his illustrious career. With over 30 years of experience under his belt, Schreyer has mastered thousands of music albums, leaving an indelible mark on the sound of numerous artists across various genres.


Born and raised with a deep passion for music, Eddy Schreyer's journey into the world of audio engineering began at a young age. He discovered his love for the technical aspects of sound while tinkering with recording equipment and exploring the nuances of music production. Fascinated by the transformative power of mastering, Schreyer dedicated himself to honing his skills and embarked on a path that would lead him to become one of the most sought-after mastering engineers in the industry.

After completing his formal education in audio engineering, Eddy Schreyer's career took off when he joined the renowned Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Working at Capitol Studios provided him with invaluable opportunities to collaborate with esteemed artists and refine his craft. During his time there, Schreyer developed a keen ear for detail and an intuitive understanding of how to enhance the sonic qualities of each recording he encountered.

In 1996, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to create his own artistic haven, Eddy Schreyer established Oasis Mastering. His vision was to create a space where artists could achieve the sonic excellence they envisioned for their music. With his technical expertise, exceptional attention to detail, and a commitment to delivering superior sound quality, Schreyer quickly gained recognition as a trusted and respected mastering engineer.

Oasis Mastering, under Schreyer's guidance, became a destination for musicians and record labels seeking the finest quality in audio post-production. Schreyer's mastery of the delicate art of mastering allowed him to breathe new life into countless albums, helping artists achieve greater clarity, depth, and emotional impact in their music. His dedication to preserving the artist's vision while elevating the overall sound has made him an invaluable collaborator for both established acts and emerging talents.

Eddy Schreyer's extensive discography boasts an impressive array of acclaimed projects spanning multiple genres, including rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, and classical music. Some of the notable artists and bands he has worked with include Beyoncé, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, Mary J. Blige, and many more. His contributions to these projects have earned him numerous accolades and the admiration of peers in the music industry.

Beyond his mastering work, Eddy Schreyer is known for his commitment to sharing his knowledge and expertise with aspiring audio engineers. He has conducted workshops and seminars, mentoring the next generation of professionals, and sharing insights into the art and science of mastering.

With an unwavering dedication to his craft and a relentless pursuit of sonic perfection, Eddy Schreyer continues to shape the music industry with his unparalleled expertise and artistic sensibilities. His legacy as a revered mastering engineer and the owner of Oasis Mastering remains firmly etched in the world of music history, leaving an indelible mark on the soundscape of countless albums and artists.

Canyon Design - Logo design

John Scarpati - Photographer

John Scarpati a professional photographer whose photography has appeared on hundreds of album and CD covers for bands and individual musicians. In the 1980s he has photographed Heavy Metal bands including: Rigor Mortis, Sound Barrier, Armored Saint, Ruthless, Rush, Wrathchild America, Eden, Bitch, Stryper, Black Sheeo, Rage, Trauma, Poison and many others..


William Hames - Photography

William Hames a photographer (and musician) with American/Japanese origins who has photographed dozens of Heavy Metal bands. During the late 1980s he started photographing Japanese metal bands like Anthem, Loudness and later bands like: Bow Wow, Dokken , Lääz Rockit , W.A.S.P. He continues photographing Heavy Metal bands until the early 2000s.

Jeff Duncan - Guitar

Record Label & Catalognr:

Metal Blade Records ZORRO 20

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Full-Length Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1991 Made in England
Band Members and Musicians on: Armored Saint Symbol of Salvation
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • John Bush - Vocals
  • Jeff Duncan - Guitars
  • Phil Sandoval - Guitars
  • Joey Vera - Bass

    Joseph "Joey" Vera a bass player and singer from Los Angeles, California. During the 1980's Joey Vera he has mainly performed in the American Heavy Metal band "Armored Saint".

  • Gonzo Sandoval - Drums
  • Guest musicians:
  • Dave Prichard - first guitar solo on "Tainted Past"]
  • Aaron Plunkett - Tabla
Track Listing of: "Symbol of Salvation"

The Songs/tracks on "Symbol of Salvation" are

  • Reign Of Fire
  • Dropping Like Flies
  • Last Train Home
  • Tribal Dance
  • The Truth Always Hurts
  • Half Drawn Bridge
  • Another Day
  • Symbol Of Salvation
  • Hanging Judge
  • Warzone
  • Burning Question
  • Tainted Past
  • Spineless
Album cover photos of : Armored Saint Symbol of Salvation
Photo of "Symbol of Salvation" Album's Front Cover 
Photo of "Symbol of Salvation" Album's Front Cover   
Photo of "Symbol of Salvation" Album's Back Cover  
Photo of "Symbol of Salvation" Album's Back Cover  
Photo of "Symbol of Salvation" Album's Inner Sleeve  
Photo of "Symbol of Salvation" Album's Inner Sleeve    
Close-up Photo of "Symbol of Salvation" Record Label 
Close-up Photo of "Symbol of Salvation" Record Label  

Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash.


Index of ARMORED SAINT Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

ARMORED SAINT - Delirious Nomad 12" Vinyl LP
ARMORED SAINT - Delirious Nomad album front cover

  Chrysalis 206 442 , 1985 , Germany

"Delirious Nomad" stands as the sophomore LP by California's formidable Heavy Metal ensemble, Armored Saint. Unleashed upon the music realm in 1985, this opus showcases the band's mastery in crafting visceral sonic landscapes. With pounding riffs and evocative lyricism, the album paints a vivid journey through the nomadic realms of delirium, encapsulating the spirit of a genre-defining era.

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ARMORED SAINT - March Of The Saint 12" Vinyl LP
ARMORED SAINT - March Of The Saint album front cover

Chrysalis 206 696 , 1984 , EEC

"March of the Saint," the inaugural opus from American Heavy Metal icons Armored Saint, resonates powerfully on this 1984 12" Vinyl LP. Guided by the skilled hands of producer Max 'On Yer Bike' Norman, the album encapsulates a defining era. With potent riffs and anthemic vigor, it's a testament to the band's ascendancy, marking their indomitable march into the Metal pantheon.

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ARMORED SAINT - Raising Fear 12" Vinyl LP
ARMORED SAINT - Raising Fear album front cover

Chrysalis 208 686 , 1987 , EEC

Armored Saint's Raising Fear is an outstanding album that showcases the band's musical prowess and ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level. From the powerful opening track to the thought-provoking closing anthem, the album takes listeners on a journey through the highs and lows of the human experience.

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ARMORED SAINT - Symbol of Salvation 12" Vinyl LP
ARMORED SAINT - Symbol of Salvation album front cover

Metal Blade Records ZORRO 20 , 1991 , England

"Symbol of Salvation," etched onto a 1991 UK 12" Vinyl LP, stands as a poignant masterpiece from L.A.'s iconic metal collective, Armored Saint. This release bears the weight of tragedy, as Dave Pritchard's battle with leukemia cast a somber shadow over its creation. Despite adversity, the album's powerful sound and emotional depth endure, forever memorializing both the band's resilience and Pritchard's enduring spirit.

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