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Armoured Angel

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Armoured Angel was a Death Metal band from Canberra, Australia. They were arguably one of the earliest bands in the world to play what later came to be known as death metal. The group was also responsible for the foundation of Australia’s biggest metal festival, Metal For The Brain. They released a handful of demos, two EPs, and a single full length throughout their entire musical career.

Armoured Angel was formed in 1984 by founder Glen “Lucy” Luck (bass), Rowan Powell (vocals), Dave Davis (drums) and Tony Sheaffe (guitar). After recording a demo in 1985 called Baptism In Blood, Powell was replaced by Rick Wayy. The band split shortly after and reformed as a trio with Lucy and brothers Joel Green (drums, vocals) and Matt Green (guitar) in 1987. Armoured Angel recorded a second demo titled Wings of Death in 1989 that garnered a strong cult fanbase. A demo called Communion was then released in 1990. An east coast tour of Australia followed, plus a re-release of Wings of Death on English record label CCG in 1991. Both the Wings of Death and Communion demos featured Armoured Angel in a very early thrash metal sound, akin to the European thrash bands of the 1980s.

1991 also saw the inaugural Metal For The Brain festival. Joel Green had organised the festival as a benefit concert for his close friend Alec Hurley, who had been savagely beaten in an assault in 1990 and left severely brain-damaged and permanently disabled. The group continued to organise the festival until 1996.

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