ARMOURED ANGEL - Mysterium (12" MLP on Gray Vinyl)
Australia | Thrash
OUT NOW ON HELLS HEADBANGERS! All copies pressed on gray vinyl with silkscreened band photo on side B.
As longtime fans of the band, HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present a special vinyl pressing of ARMOURED ANGEL's Mysterium EP. 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 1994 on CD, Mysterium was, strangely enough, released on a major label at the time. Despite the potential for a watered-down sound, Mysterium sees ARMOURED ANGEL staying true to their principles and further finessing their trademark style: patient, pulsing, and largely mid-tempo death metal rife with nuance and molten power to spare. Contemporaries could be likened to Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, and Gorefest, but there's always been a certain clarity of expression to ARMOURED ANGEL that favorably compares to later Amebix, and they mine this melancholic melodicism to the max on Mysterium. And although they would only release one album - and quite belatedly, at that - it was always the short-length format where ARMOURED ANGEL excelled most. The six-song Mysterium stands as a testament to this fact, and more so the endearing legacy of one of heavy metal's true cult favorites. Behold Mysterium for the first time ever on vinyl!