Australia’s Armoured Angel are something of a Southern Hemisphere legend. Australia’s first extreme metal band, and for a long time the only one, Armoured Angel’s four track third demo ‘Communion’ from 1990 is being rereleased by Hell’s Headbangers on vinyl, and it still stands as a true cult favourite.
Opener ‘Castration’ is an instant favourite, building with a chugging riff into a propulsive headbanging anthem. A cross between early death metal favourites like Bolt Thrower with the energy of thrash, the groove is righteous in its power. You can feel that early 90s style straight through the proto death/thrash mix, where early Death meets Exodus. ‘Tergiversator’ thrashes like the finest chunk of Bay Area material, while the roaring vocals hail to the molten death metal thunder of Asphyx.
The skull rattling title track oozes with Teutonic thrash power, and is probably my favourite track here. If you’ve never heard of Armoured Angel, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was some lost B-side from somebody like Kreator or Forbidden. The material is so well written, with battering thrash blending seamlessly into chugging death metal. Closing with the pounding ‘My Fist Your Face’, this release shows you that Armoured Angel seem to be a sadly forgotten band in the rest of the world. With material this strong, they should have been huge. Hopefully this release will garner them new fans and new interest. I’d hate for this release to be missed, because it is fucking superb!