This is a PSA, as well as a CD post...
Armored Saint - La Raza
First US Printing, 2010 Metal Blade Records
Armored Saint - Symbol of Salvation
US Remastered Special Edition, 2018 Metal Blade Records
If you're a music fan and are passionate about certain bands, there are things you can do to help them keep going and touring. First thing, when they put out a new record, if you're going to buy it, buy it in it's first week of release. Good first week numbers are essential for bands to either get good support slots on big tours, or good amounts of guaranteed money at reputable venues when they headline. Also, and just as important, when you see your favorite bands live, buy merch. Metallica and Guns N' Roses may be ok without you buying a T Shirt, but for smaller bands, merch sales are usually what makes their profit on tour. For example the Armored Saint show I went to Friday. My ticket was around $30, and the capacity is 340 people. It was close to sold out. But they pay their opening act, the venue takes a chunk as does their manager, bus rental, gas in that bus as well as a driver, and they have a crew as well. So if you want to see your favorite bands live again, buy a shirt, CD or whatever. Pictured is a shirt I got as part of their PledgeMusic campaign for their live album Carpe Noctum where I did a meet and greet at a show in 2016, as well as an autobiographed CD copy of La Raza I got at that same show and a signed CD copy of the Symbol Of Salvation reissue that I got at the show Friday.That $20 means more to them than it does to you and decent merch sales could be the difference between your favorite bands touring regularly or never. So don't be a cheap ass, buy some stuff!! Also, both of these albums RULE. You can't go wrong with any Armored Saint album.
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