Armoured Angel weren't just one of the first Australian death metal bands, they were one of the genre's first exponents anywhere on the planet. Formed in the city of Canberra in 1984 by bassist Glen Luck, the band struggled to make headway throughout the 1980s, only managing a few demos and a semi-decent local following for their troubles. The arrival of guitarist Matt Green and his singing drummer sibling Joel Green in the early '90s finally set Armoured Angel on course for two EPs, namely 1992's Stigmartyr and 1994's Mysterium. The band went on to tour America and Europe in 1995, but disintegrated the following year when their plans to record a full album with Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman producing suddenly fell through.
Against all odds, Luck would resurrect Armoured Angel yet again a few years later with the assistance of Yuri Ward (guitar/vocals) and Steve Luff (drums), and after signing with local Warhead Records, the full-length Angel of the Sixth Order was released in 1999. Unfortunately, the album failed to attract much attention with its somewhat dated and uninspired death metal, leading to another, seemingly final breakup by 2001.