Catalog Number: RAR7879
Packaging: 6 panel digipak w/tray
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Saint is one of a handful of pioneering Christian heavy metal bands that re-grouped after being inactive for some years. After dominating Christian metal in the 80's, they reformed in 1999 and self-released albums in 2004, 2006 and then Crime Scene Earth in 2008. The band signed with Retroactive Records in 2009 and agreed to have the label re-release this 2008 classic. However, this new Retroactive Records version has been re-titled, Crime Scene Earth 2.0, as the album has had many parts completely re-recorded as well as being remixed and remastered. CSE 2.0 also features stunning, all-new artwork by extraordinary artist, Rex Zachary (Liberty N’ Justice, Tourniquet, Ultimatum), which is far superior to the original release.
On the original release, the classic voice of Saint, the immortal golden-throated Josh Kramer, sang on only three tracks. On this re-release, the band had Josh go back and record his Rob Halford-ish vocals on every single track on the album! From the thunderous "Bended Knee" to the stunning cover of the Judas Priest classic "Invader", Josh and Saint ascend to the elite levels of melodic heavy metal! This Heavy Metal classic has never sounded better!
*NoLifeTilMetal: "If Saint were to put out a "best of" collection, these songs would easily fit in with their past recordings."
*AngelicWarlord: "On Crime Scene Earth, Saint stays true to form by giving us another slab of quality classic metal."
KEY SELLING POINTS
**Full promotional/magazine campaign
**Classic Christian metal band that still nurtures fanbase
**For fans of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Barren Cross
**Re-recorded, Remixed, Remastered audio with all new enhanced artwork
**Retroactive Records is releasing their new album, Hell Blade, at the same tmie as this re-release
**Retroactive Records will be reissuing Saint classics, Warriors Of The Son and In The Battle in 2010
**Sells exceptionally well on public sales sites (Amazon/eBay) and in Christian & Mainstream online stores
01. The Conquest 06. The Judas In Me
02. Half A Time's Measure 07. Too Many
03. Terror In The Sky 08. Invader
04. Everlasting God 09. Bended Knee
05. Crime Scene Earth 10. Lost
WHITE THRONE REVIEWS
Saint originally released ‘Crime Scene Earth’ in 2008 amidst many mixed reactions. Those reactions were primarily due to the fact that Josh Kramer only sang on three tracks and unknown to the metal community was that bassist Richard Lynch handled the bulk of the vocal work. Well after much outcry and hope Saint have issued ‘Crime Scene Earth 2.0.’
In computer terms 2.0 usually means new an improved with the bugs removed. (Hint, hint Microsoft…. But that’s a different issue…) In the case of this new and improved album I think Saint have given us all a huge upgrade! First off yes Josh Kramer is here wailing away in his entire God given glory. Hearing Josh blast out ‘Terror in The Sky,’ ‘Everlasting God’ or the title track ‘Crime Scene Earth’ is pure metal nirvana.
Richard Lynch has also been able to remix and in some places re-record portions of this soon to be classic album. The drums sound much better this time through as do much of the guitar parts. Frankly this a real upgrade across the board.
J Powell at Steinhaus said that when he mastered this release it felt more like a 70’s metal album to him so he mastered it that way. I can’t really argue with that statement as there are many elements that a 70s release would have. The songwriting has that feel more than anything I think. After hearing “Bended Knee” and “Lost” for instance I’m left thinking of Judas Priests ‘Hell Bent for Leather’ and ‘Sad Wings Period’ period.
Perhaps if there was one thing I wish they would’ve changed and didn’t are the high pitched harmonies on “Half a Times Measure” during the chorus. I wish they were more in the background as opposed to being right in the front of the mix almost overpowering Josh’s main melody line. I just found 'em to be too distracting and thought they should be mixed further back. A small item to me.
As another side note, Saint have actually released a 3rd version of 'Terror in the Sky.' Apparently the version on the first pressings is a scratch track that inadvertently made it onto the first pressings(according to Josh Kramer's webpage). The actual album version is available as a free download and here is the post directly from the Saint website.
"Well it sounds like everyone is enjoying Hell Blade and CSE has shipped out this last weekend. Here's a link to the updated Terror In The Sky
This is a newer version than the one on CSE 2.0 and is free. Merry Christmas everyone - Saint"
I found this version to be even better than the one on the actual album. I don't know how long it will be available so I suggest getting it sooner rather than later.
After hearing the new album ‘Hell Blade’, which is a triumph in its own right, ‘Crime Scene Earth 2.0’ is like the second part of a one two punch. If you didn’t care for the original version this version should have you headbanging with joy. I disagree with those who think that Saint is living on a reputation from years gone by. There is still some metal on those bones.
Listen up Warriors of the Son, let it be said that Saint are still delivering the goods. This album is a rapid fire assault that leaves you screaming for vengeance that it’s too late for living because of the time’s end.