Armageddon

STYLE: ORIGIN: SwedenFORMED: 1997LABEL: Listenable Records
  • MEMBERS:
  • Christopher Amott - Vocals, Guitars
  • Antony Hämäläinen - Vocals
  • Joey Concepcion - Guitars
  • Andrew Pevny - Bass
  • Márton Veress - Drums
BIOGRAPHY

Armageddon was a Swedish melodic death metal band, led by Christopher Amott, formerly of Arch Enemy.

Formed in Halmstad, Sweden, in 1997 by Christopher Amott, Armageddon began when Arch Enemy were invited to Japan to sign a new record deal with Toy’s Factory records after the release of the Black Earth album. While in Japan, Christopher secured his own record deal for a solo project, which became Armageddon. When he returned to Sweden, he recruited drummer Peter Wildoer (DarkaneMajestic), bassist Martin Bengtsson, and vocalist Jonas Nyrén (In Thy Dreams).

The band released their 1997 debut album, Crossing the Rubicon, on the now defunct W.A.R. records in Europe, and on Toy’s Factory Records in Japan. Crossing the Rubicon focused primarily on melodic death metal, but incorporated instrumentals and special effects pieces between each song. The album was released by the same label that released Arch Enemy‘s first album in Europe, but it folded soon after the release of Rubicon and the album has since become a rare find. To this day, Crossing the Rubicon has never been released outside of Europe and Japan.

Following Crossing the Rubicon, Peter Wildoer and Martin Bengtsson both joined Arch Enemy, recording and releasing Stigmata in 1998. Christopher would focus on Arch Enemy for the better part of three years, and did not return to Armageddon until 2000’s Embrace the Mystery, released in Japan on Toy’s Factory records. The album featured Last Tribe members Rickard Bengtsson on vocals and Dick Lövgren on bass (also of Meshuggah), as well as Arch Enemy‘s new drummer Daniel Erlandsson (In FlamesEucharist).

In 2002, Armageddon resurfaced with Three, this time as a three-piece band, and featuring the vocals of Christopher Amott and new bassist Tobias Gustafsson (of Eucharist). Almost a pure power metal effort, the album was again released by Toy’s Factory, and only in Japan.

On November 16, 2009, Embrace The Mystery and Three were re-released as 2CD set with upgraded artwork, several bonus tracks and liner notes on November 16, 2009 in Europe and on January 26 in North America via Century Media Records.

In 2012, Christopher Amott once again quit Arch Enemy, and reformed Armageddon once again, featuring Matt Vicklund of God Forbid on guitars and Van Williams of Nevermore on drums.

In January 2015, the band announced Meridian Dawn/ex-Nightrage vocalist Antony Hämäläinen as their replacement for the recently departed Matt Hallquist

On May 25th 2016, the band announced via their social media “We are happy to announce that the next Armageddon release will be a re-recording of the very first Armageddon album from 1997 entitled ‘Crossing The Rubicon‘. We are excited to share this news with you!

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DISCOGRAPHY

Crossing the Rubicon (Revisited) / 2016

Armageddon-Crossing the Rubicon (Revisited)
  • Album Info
  • 2016
  • Listenable Records

1. 2022
2. Godforsaken
3. The Juggernaut Divine
4. Astral Adventure (The Escape)
5. Funeral in Space
6. Asteroid Dominion
7. Galaxies Away
8. Faithless
9. Children of the New Sun
10. Into the Sun
11. Nothing Is Nothing

Crossing the Rubicon (Revisited) is the re-recording of the debut album by the Swedish melodic death metal band Armageddon, and released by Listenable Records. This is the first album with the band to feature ex-Nightrage vocalist Antony Hämäläinen.  

Captivity & Devourment / 2015

Armageddon-Captivity & Devourment
  • Album Info
  • 2015
  • Listenable Records

1. Captivity & Devourment
2. Locked In
3. Rendition
4. Fugitive Dust
5. Conquer
6. Thanatron
7. Background Radiation
8. The Watcher
9. Equalizer
10. Giants

Captivity And Devourment is the fourth full-length album by Swedish melodic death metal band Armageddon, released in 2015 in Listenable Records. This album was released following Christopher Amott’s second departure from Arch Enemy, and the first since Armageddon’s reactivation. 

Three / 2002

Armageddon-Three
  • Album Info
  • 2002
  • Toy's Factory

1. Gathering of the Storm
2. Burn the Sun
3. Stranglehold
4. Heart of Ice
5. Well of Sadness
6. Rainbow Serpent
7. Winter Skies
8. Final Destination
9. Spirit Kiss
10. The Contract

Three is the third full-length album by Swedish melodic death metal band Armageddon, released in 2002 by Toy’s Factory. Recorded as a three piece, featuring the vocals of Christopher Amott, this album is a pure power metal release, released only in Japan. 

Embrace the Mystery / 2000

Armageddon-Embrace the Mystery
  • Album Info
  • 2000
  • Dream On Records

1. Awakening
2. The Broken Spell
3. Blind Fury
4. Worlds Apart
5. Cry of Fate
6. Illusions Tale
7. Moongate Climber
8. Embrace the Mystery
9. Sleep of Innocence
10. Grain of Sand

Embrace The Mystery is the second full-length album by Swedish melodic death metal band Armageddon, released in 2000 on Dream On Records. 

Crossing the Rubicon / 1997

Armageddon-Crossing the Rubicon
  • Album Info
  • 1997
  • War Music

1. 2022 (Intro)
2. Godforsaken
3. The Juggernaut Divine
4. Astral Adventure
5. Funeral in Space
6. Asteroid Dominion
7. Galaxies Away
8. Faithless
9. Children of the New Sun
10. Into the Sun

Crossing the Rubicon was an album by the Swedish melodic death metal band Armageddon, released in Europe on the now defunct W.A.R. records, and in Japan on Toy’s Factory records in 1997. The album features Christopher Amott of Arch Enemy, as well as former Arch Enemy members Peter Wildoer and Martin Bengtsson. The album was only released in Japan, briefly in Europe, and is extremely hard to find.

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