Armored Saint - Dropping Like Flies - Solo

This article is part 43 of 52 in the 2022 music project series.

I found an Armored Saint tab book in a used book store, and it looked amusing enough to buy. I had never heard of them before, but they looked pretty hard core and had a song called "Reign of Fire", which I hoped inspired the totally metal movie of the same name featuring Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey fighting dragons (yes, really). But I don't think there's any relation between the two works of art.

Dropping Like Flies is a decent song with probably the most interesting solo(s) from the album. They were kinda fun to learn and play. I mostly chose it because I think the singer just wanted to have a chorus hook with the line "Sweet as pie" in it.

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Transcription of the solo from Dropping Like Flies from the 1991 album Symbol of Salvation


No video for this one. The World Series ate into my music project time and frankly, I never played either of these solos the same way twice so pantomiming them would've just looked silly. I honestly found them kind of awkward and counterintuitive to play. I guess it's just not my style.

Cover of Phil Sandoval's and Jeff Duncan's solos from Dropping Like Flies

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Screenshot of my Ardour/Hydrogen setup