Armageddon came together in the early eighties while initially under the moniker Second Chance. A group originating in the Washington D.C. area, Second Chance started out as a project when vocalist Mike Vance and guitarist Robby Lee met through an ad placed in a local newspaper. The duo soon joined forces with bassist and drummer Mark Miley and began work on the material that would make up the Second Chance demo tapes. After placing the track “(Liberation From) The Blazing Wasteland” on the East Coast Metal compilation in 1988, the band permanently changed its name to Armageddon before signing with Talkingtown Records the very next year. The Money Mask, Armageddon’s full length Talkingtown debut, came out in 1989 but subsequently went out of print several years later. A hard to find and highly sought after collectors item, The Money Mask was re-issued in late 2007 by Retroactive Records with a bonus disc made up of rough mixes of six tracks, two rehearsal outtakes and the bands demo material, which includes two unreleased songs in “Get In Line” and “In Your Face”.