Arma Angelus

Arma Angelus (formerly known as Novena)[2] was a metalcore band from Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1998 and disbanded in 2002. Members of the band were Pete Wentz[3] (vocals, now bass guitarist and backing vocalist in Fall Out Boy), Tim McIlrath[3] (bass guitar, now lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Rise Against), Jay Jancetic (guitar, last played guitar for the Chicago "Holy Roman Empire" and Harm's Way), Daniel Binaei (guitarist, formerly of Racetraitor), Adam Bishop (guitarist, now an English teacher at San Dieguito Academy High School in Encinitas, California) and Timothy Miller (drums, Last played drums for Arizona-based punk band Last Action Zeros & now owner of Immortal Art Tattoo & Body Piercing, located in Scottsdale, Arizona).

Arma Angelus
Also known asNovena
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresMetalcore, hardcore punk[1]
Years active1998–2002
LabelsEulogy, Let It Burn Records
Associated acts
Past members


After McIlrath left to form Rise Against, he was replaced in 1999 by Christopher Gutierrez. Gutierrez was a touring author and spoken word artist[4] and founded and runs The Catcade in Chicago.[5] Gutierrez was replaced as bass guitarist for one tour by Joseph Trohman (also a guitarist in Fall Out Boy and in The Damned Things). He was replaced mid-tour when the band flew Chris Gutierrez out to New York for the final half of their tour, including a stop at CBGBs.[2] In the last Arma Angelus concert, (which also had Fall Out Boy billed) Patrick Stump played drums, Pete Wentz sang and Joe Trohman played guitar, along with Adam Bishop, and Christopher Gutierrez on bass guitar.[citation needed]

Musical styleEdit

AllMusic described the band's style as "dark and metallic hardcore".[6] Heather Weil of Verbicide Magazine stated the band "is one of the handful of metal-influenced hardcore bands that actually know what they’re doing, and how to pull it off".[7] Under the Gun reviews described their sound as "Sending out posi vibes to kids fighting in the crowd during the band’s last set, Pete screams his sober heart out while Joe Trohman filled in on guitar and Patrick Stump took role of drummer".[8] In reference to their sole studio album, said that "Where most bands in this space use death and thrash metal devices to create a sense of heaviness missing in traditional hardcore, Arma Angelus’ thick, angular attack comes from a rock and roll sense of composition that’s every bit as heavy as their metal-infused counterparts. True, elements of Where Sleeplessness is Rest from Nightmares do delve into death metal territory (vocals, tuning), the majority of Arma Angelus’ material pummels to the tune of catchy, head-bashing song structure."[9] Upon their disbandment, the members stated that "the goal of Arma Angelus was to express and stimulate discourse within the punk and hardcore community and to express our distaste for apathy and uncaring, which we felt had become ideals with in the community"[10]

They have cited Damnation A.D. as their biggest influence.[2]

Band membersEdit



Studio albums
Extended plays
  • The Personal Is Political (Demo) (2000)
  • The Grave End of the Shovel EP (2000), Let It Burn Records, Happy Couples Never Last Records
Guest appearances
  • Things We Don't Like We Destroy: Let It Burn Sampler (2002), Let It Burn Records


  1. ^ "Arma Angelus – The Grave End of the Shovel EP". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Welch, Ben. Fall Out Boy - Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name of This Book So We Wouldn't Get Sued.
  3. ^ a b Rise Against Wish Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco Would Educate Crowds MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Gutierrez's publishing company =
  5. ^ "About". The Catcade. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  6. ^ Apar, Corey. "Arma Angelus". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  7. ^ Weil, Heather. "ARMA ANGELUS – Where Sleeplessness Is Rest From Nightmares". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  8. ^ Tender, Jacob. "LIVE VIDEO: ARMA ANGELUS (PETE WENTZ HARDCORE BAND)'S LAST SET; 2002". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  9. ^ Dick, Chris. "ARMA ANGELUS". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Arma Angelus calling it quits". Retrieved 3 April 2020.

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