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SAINT - REVELATION (*NEW-CD, 2012, Retroactive Records)

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SAINT - REVELATION (*NEW-CD, 2012, Retroactive Records) 

  • This album was originally released as THE MARK in 2006, and was remixed/retitled and released on CD in 2012.
  • Digipak packaging
  • Remastered by J Powell at Steinhaus
  • 95% Review rating by Angelic Warlord
  • For fans of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden
  • Christian Heavy Metal

Ever since the release of several heavy weight metal titles in the 80’s, the band has held a revered status among metal fans across the globe. In 2006, Saint continued their comeback with a quality metal release, The Mark. In 2011 the band remixed the album, and it was remastered by J Powell of Steinhaus. The improvements upon the original release were so dramatic the album was re-titled “The Revelation” and available in 2012 for the first time on CD as a 6 panel digipak on Retroactive Records! Music critic Angelic Warlord writes, "The Revelation represents the quintessential Saint album. It features what I consider the best ever group of songs from Saint. Yes, it matches Time’s End and Too Late For Living in terms of consistency but supersedes both from a quantity standpoint." For fans of Judas Priest, Bloodgood, Barren Cross, and Iron Maiden.

TRACKS: 01 The Spirit 02 The Vision 03 Ride To Kill 04 He Reigns 05 On And On 06 The 7th Trumpet 07 The Mark 08 Bowls Of Wrath 09 Babylon The Great 10 Reaping The Flesh 11 Alpha & Omega

Track Listings
Disc: 1
1. The Spirit
2. The Vision
3. Ride to Kill
4. He Reigns
5. On and On
6. The 7th Trumpet
7. The Mark
8. Bowls of Wrath
9. Babylon the Great
10. Reaping the Flesh
11. Alpha & Omega

Released in 2006, THE MARK was remixed and remastered as 2012's THE REVELATION. I own the latter version, but have heard songs from the former. They're the same exact album it's just that the latter is better mixed. The biggest issue with the original version is that the vocals were too predominant, but that's not much of a pan when you have a singer the caliber of Josh Kramer.

In any event, THE MARK (or THE REVELATION) ranks with Saint's better releases, like HELL BLADE, DESPERATE NIGHTS, TIME'S END and TOO LATE FOR LIVING. I'm still assessing the quality of their 2014 album, BROAD IS THE GATE, which has great production, but features a new singer and this changes the dynamics of the band. While Saint rank with my favorite metal bands of all time, they of course have their lesser recordings, like THE PERFECT LIFE (1999) and WARRIORS OF THE SON (1984). IN THE BATTLE (2004) and CRIME SCENE EARTH (2008/2009) are mid-level releases.

Thankfully, THE MARK (or THE REVELATION) places with Saint's best material. This is just excellent traditional metal in the mold of Judas Priest without being copycats. Like Priest, their style allows for a lot of variation and each song is its own entity (don't you hate it when you buy an album and every song essentially sounds the same?). "The Vision" is one of my favorites with an excellent melodic delivery by Josh Kramer; and "Babylon the Great" ranks with the best metal songs of all time by any band; no kidding. Moreover, "The 7th Trumpet" is just molten metal in the manner or Priest's "Painkiller," but better. It's useless to list other favorites because every track is worthy from beginning to end. Saint really nailed it here and upped the ante with their repertoire.

I suppose if you're going to get this album you should get THE REVELATION, but -- either way -- this is one of Saint's top albums.