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3.39 | 92 ratings

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2 stars I was a bit surprised to find this album listed in PA and decided to give it a spin after a few decades away from listing to it.

It still strikes me as a hard rock album that former Yardbird vocalist and Renaissance founder Kieth Relf hoped would take him to the top. It did not and Relf tragically died the next year after being electrocuted at home. Armageddon was made up of fellow ex Renaissance bassist Louis Cennamo, ex Steamhammer guitarist Martin Pugh and American drummer Bobby Caldwell.

Pugh is the star of this album with the extended riffing intro to "Buzzard" signaling the hard rock riffing to come. Caldwell's manic heavy Motorhead style drumming adds even more excitement, with Cennamo, surprisingly, being just functionary. However, Relf's vocals are the weak link to this material. A slow blues based singer, he lacked the power and range of contemporaries like Robert Plant or Ian Gillan that was needed to drive these songs over the top, and Relf's lyrics are sub par when compared to the afore noted. However, his harp playing does help to give the music a distinct blues vibe that's missing in Pugh's aggressive searing "keep the wah peddle floored" playing.

Armageddon made only this album before quickly disbanding, but it's not a big loss, as Relf was better at setting trends then he was at following them.

SteveG | 2/5 |


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