ARMOURED ANGEL - Demo MCMXCV (Vinyl)
LABEL: Hells Headbangers
EDITION INFORMATION: Blue vinyl with silkscreened artwork on the B-Side.
As longtime fans of the band, HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present a special vinyl pressing of ARMOURED ANGEL's Demo "MCMXCV".
Formed in 1982 and disbanding in 2001, ARMOURED ANGEL were Australia's very first extreme metal band - and for many years, one of its only ones.
Originally released in 1995 on cassette tape, "Demo MCMXCV" was indeed a demo for what was to be the bands debut album. Most interestingly, this four-song recording was done with none other than Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman, who lent a strange-yet-sympathetic ear to ARMOURED ANGEL's idiosyncratic style of largely mid-tempo death metal. Perhaps it was Coleman influencing the trio or the other way around, but "Demo MCMXCV" maintains a certain buoyancy, an almost hovering aspect, which renders their characteristic crunch even more hummable than before and no amount of power nor poignancy is sacrificed in the process.
Alas, these recordings never blossomed into ARMOURED ANGEL's long-awaited debut album, which would emerge in 1999 (and with a different producer) as "Angel of the Sixth Order", but "Demo MCMXCV" is an extremely fascinating snapshot of "what could have been" and a crucial piece of the bands canon.
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