Drummer Gonzo Sandoval of ARMORED SAINT was interviewed on this past Monday night’s (November 28) edition of “Heady Metal With Jeff Olson”, the Internet radio show hosted by original TROUBLE drummer and current RETRO GRAVE mainman Jeff “Oly” Olson. You can listen to the chat in its entirety in three parts below.
ARMORED SAINT has just kicked off a three-date East Coast tour. The band is performing songs from its latest album, “La Raza”, as well as select cuts from its deep and storied catalog.
“La Raza” sold around 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 18 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. “La Raza” also entered the German Media Control chart at No. 96 and the Canadian Independent chart at No. 85.
“La Raza” was recorded at Burbank, California’s Tranzformer Studios, which is owned by Dave Jerdan (ALICE IN CHAINS, JANE’S ADDICTION), who produced ARMORED SAINT‘s 1991 classic “Symbol of Salvation” and Bryan Carlstrom, who engineered the same album. The band’s first new release since 2001’s “Nod to the Old School” was produced by Joey Vera and engineered by Carlstrom and his assistant John Nuss.
The band’s current lineup is the same as the one on 2000’s “Revelation” and 1992’s “Symbol of Salvation” LPs:
John Bush (vocals)
Jeff Duncan (guitar)
Phil Sandoval (guitar)
Joey Vera (bass)
Gonzo Sandoval (drums)
“Heady Metal With Jeff Olson” is Olson‘s first radio show endeavor and features interviews with musicians from different metal genres across the board, interesting people from all walks of life, comedic segments, music news, and giveaways.
Olson has been writing and recording in the music industry since the formation of TROUBLE (1979) and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in film scoring, cum laude, from Berklee College Of Music.