Armageddon (Armageddon album)
|Studio album by Armageddon|
|Recorded||Autumn 1974, Olympic Studios, Barnes|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock|
|Label||A&M SP-4513 (original vinyl)
Repertoire PMS-7089-WP (1998 CD reissue)
Esoteric ECLEC2150 (2009 CD reissue)
Armageddon was the only album released by British/American hard rock group Armageddon in 1975. It features Keith Relf of Yardbirds and Renaissance fame, Martin Pugh, lead guitarist on Rod Stewart's "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down" and with Steamhammer, US-American Bobby Caldwell who was the drummer of Captain Beyond and with Johnny Winter, and Louis Cennamo who was the bass player for Renaissance and Steamhammer. Armageddon sought to create a style unlike any other in rock.
Armageddon was the last band to feature ex-Yardbird Keith Relf. The former lead singer and harmonica player of the band that launched Clapton, Beck and Page, Relf had abandoned his blues-guitar band roots when he founded Renaissance in the late 1960s. Relf left Renaissance after two albums (actually half way through the second album) due to frustrations with the music business and being tired of touring. However, when he created Armageddon, he became involved with one of the best guitar rock albums of the 70's.
After the dissolution of Steamhammer, Relf, and ex-Steamhammer members, Martin Pugh (guitar) and Louis Cennamo (bass) came to L.A. and hooked up with ex-Captain Beyond and Johnny Winter drummer Bobby Caldwell to form Armageddon.
Although the group's self-titled album was well received by critics and fans, the band did not tour extensively, and, consequently, sales suffered. This proved to be the last stand for Relf and Armageddon. Relf returned to England due to poor health shortly after the album was released. Relf's health and reported drug use among some band members led to Armageddon failing to release any more material. Relf died shortly after returning to England, when he was electrocuted while playing guitar. He did record one more song "All the Falling Angels" that is included on an album by Illusion called Enchanted Caress. (Illusion was the name the original members of Renaissance chose when they reunited. This was because Anne Haslam and her crew had become Renaissance). After Armageddon folded, bassist Cennamo reunited with his Renaissance bandmates under the name Illusion, and later worked with Jim McCarty in the bands Stairway and Renaissance Illusion. Drummer Caldwell returned to Captain Beyond for an album and tour. Guitarist Pugh appears to have retired from music after 1975, but he did emerge to play guitar on sessions alongside legendary American rock guitarist Geoff Thorpe of Vicious Rumors in American rock & roll band, 7th Order on their debut CD, The Lake of Memory - released on the Big Island Sounds label in 2007.
According to the CD booklet, Frampton recommended Armageddon to A&M Records, and because he was their top selling artist at the time, they listened to him.
|3.||"Paths And Planes And Future Gains"||4:30|
|4.||"Last Stand Before"||8:23|
|5.||"Basking In The White Of The Midnight Sun
- Keith Relf - Lead vocals/harp/harmonica
- Martin Pugh - Electric/acoustic guitars
- Bobby Caldwell - Drums/vocals/piano/assorted percussion
- Louis Cennamo - Bass/electric bowed bass guitars
- Bill Martin, Listening to the future: the time of progressive rock, 1968-1978, pg. 176, Open Court Publishing Company (1977), ISBN 0-8126-9368-X
- Captain Beyond - "Biographies".
- Vicious Rumors News
- The Rockit Scientists - "7th Order arrives".
- 7th Order - "The Lake of Memory".