SAINT - TOO LATE FOR LIVING (*NEW-VINYL Black or Translucent Purple, 2020, Retroactive) 100 Black / 200 Purple
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TOO LATE FOR LIVING
"Too Late For Living" - 'Arguably the better of the first three Saint albums, the 1988 Pure Metal Records released Too Late For Living stands apart for a lot of reasons, but mostly from featuring what in my opinion is the group’s most talented lineup with holdovers bassist Richard Lynch and vocalist Josh Kramer joined by newcomers guitarist Dee Harrington and drummer John Perrine.' AngelicWarlord.com
Like a cherished gift from a loved one who knew just what you liked, Saint delivered more straight-up heavy metal with no apologies. Deciding not to tweak their formula too noticeably much, “Too Late for Living” dishes out more spiritual warfare put to crunching walls of riffs to simple, fist-pumping rhythms. Satan and his demons take a lyrical beating as Josh Kramer croons with tough smoothness over Richard Lynch’s in-the-pocket bass lines, John Perrine’s solid drumming and Dee Harrington and John Mahan’s metal guitars. Doug Van Pelt HM Magazine
“Saint is the sound of metal. Our scene would not be the same without them.”
Dale Thompson of Bride/Perpetual Paranoia
Too Late For Living: stellar production, flawless. You can hear strains of Judas Priest and Riot on these album tracks, but it’s all distinctively Saint. Solid and relentless! Doug Peterson of Down The Line Zine
New guitarist Dee Harrington offered some truly soaring fret work, and the production was, once more, bumped up a notch. Top picks: Accuser, On the Street, and the instrumental, Returning
Danger Dog Reviews
ABOUT THE BAND
Saint formed in 1984 and, over the past three decades, has released 10 studio albums, charted on Billboard and been featured in Metal Edge, Circus, HM and many other magazines. In 1984, the band released the iconic Warriors of the Son EP first on Rotten Records and then again on Morada Records. The Morada Records version of the debut release featured a cover with the band in leather-n-spikes and singing about evil, the devil, and dark, apocalyptic themes that would scare the parachute pants off your youth pastor!
The success of Warriors of the Son propelled the band into the offices of Pure Metal Records. As many remember, Pure Metal Records was THE metal label of mid-80’s Christian metal fans. With Messiah Prophet, Bride, Whitecross, and Leviticus in the Pure Metal Records fold, the sky was the limit. And, of the “big four,” Saint was THE very first band signed to Pure Metal Records. And boy oh boy, did the band deliver big for the label and the fans.
In 1986, Saint would release Times End on Pure Metal Records. The album shook the powers of evil, and took Christian metal to places it had literally never been. The music was dark and heavy much like mainstream bands like Venom, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden. The band would go on to have seven of their classic albums reissues or released on Retroactive Records
2020 Retroactive Records 300 Unit Vinyl Pressing
- 12x12 full color printed inner sleeve with rare band photos and lyrics
- Remastered for Vinyl by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
- Special 2020 write up by bassist, Richard Lynch
- Part of the Metal Icon Series
- 100 Black Vinyl
- 200 Translucent Purple Vinyl
- First time on 180 Gram Vinyl
- 45 rpm (better sound than ever!)
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 33rpm and 45rpm?
What's the difference between 33rpm and 45rpm? Vinyl records sound better if they are cut at higher speeds. The higher the rpm, the faster the vinyl passes under the playback stylus. This means that for each second of playback more sound information goes from the stylus to your speakers at 45rpm than 33rpm. Therefore, your favorite record will literally sound better than ever....officially!
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Coming in at #20 on the Christian Metal Realm’s 100 Greatest Christian Metal Albums, Saint’s 1988 release of Too Late For Living (Pure Metal Records) put out a beacon for metal fans, “Red alert star craft approaching everybody put on your gear” and metalheads took heed. The band’s third release combined powerful, hard driving heavy metal with convicting and engaging apocalyptic lyrics that sounded nothing like what your pastor wanted you listening to! Back in 1988, your mom might be hiding your Whiteheart cassette from you (too rocky, right?), but your sure as heck weren’t gonna let her find your Saint cassette! The songs on Too Late became instant life anthems that sustained the souls of angst-ridden, alienated youth across the globe. While much of Christian metal served up a platter of cheesy lyrics, Saint’s lyrics were like none other – speaking Good News with confidence and authority - just what we needed. It wasn’t long before we were singing every word, to every song – even in our sleep. Too Late found a way into the DNA of Christian metal fans, striking a chord with and meeting the needs of a generation who wondered if anyone understood. With a 2020 fresh remaster from the ground up, and elite packaging we promise this is THE ultimate and definitive reissue for Saint fans. Yes, it’s that amazing! So, don’t you stop fighting, armor up starpilot!
Too Late For Living 3:57
Star Pilot 3:29
The Rock 2:50
On The Street 3:38
The Path 3:48
Through The Sky 3:49
The War Is Over 3:16