Azrael is a black metal band from Minnesota, USA, formed by Lord Samaiza and Algol in 1999. In 2000, their first demo tape entitled "Virulent Darkness" was self-released by the band. In 2001, their second demo tape "Unto Death" was self-released. In early 2002 Azrael released an extremely limited rehearsal demo consisting of improvised ambient/noise experimentation simply entitled "Noise". In late 2002, "Obdurate" was released on Desastrious Records. In 2003, "Into Shadows Act 1: Denial" was released on Moribund Records. "Into Shadows Act ll: Through Horned Shadows Glimpse" was released in 2004 on Moribund Records. Azrael contributed an exclusive track entitled "Illumination" to the "Destroyers From the Western Skies compilation cd on Killzone records. In early 2007 Azrael released a double-cd entitled "Act III-Self....Act IV-Goat" on Moribund Records. Azrael re-released both the "Obdurate" and "Unto Death" demos as a single cd through Moribund records in August 2008.