Armageddon USA
Armageddon USA

Falls Church, Virginia, United States


Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Power metal

Years active:

1985-2005, 2013-present

Associated Acts:

Taker, Crown of Thorns, The Calm, Attic Symphony, The Hounds of Hasselvander, Joe Hasselvander, Devil Childe, Guardians of the Flame, Phantom Lord, Death Row, Black Manta, Pentagram, Raven, Jack Starr's Burning Starr, Mind Assassin, Reactor, Cathedral, Blue Cheer, Forgotten Realm, Overlord, The Boyz, White Lion


Second Chance (1985-1988)

Current members:

Mike Vance
Robby Lee
Robert "PJ" Bussey
Dan Wilkinson
Joe Hasselvander

Former members:

Mark Miley
Scott St. James

Armageddon USA, commonly known as Armageddon,[1] is a thrash/power metal band that originated in Falls Church, Virginia in the United States. The band began in 1985 and was created by Michael Vance and Robby Lee.

History Edit

The band began in 1985, under the name Second Chance, with Vocalist Mike Vance and Guitarist Robby Lee.[2] In 1987, the band added the talents of Bassist Daniel "Danny" Wilkinson and Drummer Mark Miley.[2] The next year, in 1988, the band changed their name to Armageddon.[2] However, soon after the name change, Miley departed from the band, which led his position to be briefly filled by Scott St. James. James briefly remained in the band, until Joe Hasselvander (Raven, ex-Cathedral, ex-Pentagram) replaced him. Robert "PJ" Bussey also joined the band on Guitars. With Hasselvander and Bussey on board, the band recorded their debut album, The Money Mask. The album feated various musicians, playing various instruments, including 12-string guitars and keyboards.[3]

The band kept performing until 2005 when they disbanded. In 2007, the band reissued the album, through Retroactive Records.[4] Around 2008, there was an article titled "Armageddon: Where Are They Now?" that was written by HM Magazine.[5] In 2013, the band reunited with the same lineup, alongside guitarist Robert "PJ" Bussey. In 2015, the band released their sophomore album, Up In Flames, which was released independently.[6][7][8][9] On October 7, 2017, the band announced that they were recording their third full-length album.[10]

Members Edit


  • Michael "Mike" Vance - Vocals (1985-2005, 2013-present)
  • Robby Lee - Guitars (1985-2005, 2013-present)
  • Robert "PJ" Bussey - Guitars (1988-2005, 2013-present)
  • Daniel "Danny" Wilkinson - Bass (1987-2005, 2013-present)
  • Joe Hasselvander - Drums (1989-2005, 2013-present)


  • Mark Miley - Drums (1987-1989)
  • Scott St. James - Drums (1989)


  • Phil Zeo - Guitars (1989)
  • Charlie Philips - Guitars, Backing Vocals (1989)
  • John Gallagher - Bass (2015-present)
  • Lamont Coward - Keyboards (1989)
  • Janusz Smulski - Keyboards (1989)

Discography Edit

Studio albums

  • The Money Mask (1989)
  • Up in Flames (2015)

Compilation appearances

  • East Coast Metal (1988)
  • Metal From The Dragon Vol. 1 (2017)

References Edit

  1. "Armageddon USA". Dead to Self. Retrieved on September 30, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Den Berg, Abhay Van (August 21, 2015). "Armageddon Returns with New Album called "Up In Flames"". Bonavox. Retrieved on September 30, 2019.
  3. MMisantropo (January 28, 2004). "The Money Mask". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved on September 30, 2019.
  4. Rockwell, Andrew. "Armageddon - The Money Mask". Angelic Warlord. Retrieved on September 30, 2019.
  5. McCormack, Jeff (February 2008). "Armageddon: Where Are They Now?". HM Magazine. Retrieved on September 30, 2019.
  6. "Armageddon Returns With New Album". Classic Christian Rock Zine. Retrieved on September 30, 2019.
  7. Pardo, Pete (December 13, 2015). "Review: Armageddon USA: Up in Flames". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved on September 30, 2019.
  8. Gatto, Chris (August 10, 2016). "Armageddon USA - Up In Flames". Heaven's Metal Magazine. Retrieved on September 30, 2019.
  9. Rockwell, Andrew. "Armageddon USA - Up In Flames". Angelic Warlord. Retrieved on September 30, 2019.
  10. "Robby Lee, Robert Bussey, John Gallagher...". Facebook. October 7, 2017. Retrieved on September 30, 2019.
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