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Apocalyptic Raids - Hellhammer

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Death Metal / Artist: Hellhammer / Import / Audio CD released 1999-04-06 at Sanctuary

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      18.07.2008 19:02
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      Hellhammer's first E.P. (1984).

      Tom G. Warrior's Hellhammer is essentially the primordial version of what would later become Celtic Frost, one of the pioneers of black metal in the eighties, but taken on its own merits, the material doesn't live up to the legacy. This four-track E.P. was the only official release the band ever put out, outside of later demo compilations, and although its evil atmosphere is quite impressive, the overall sound is rather slow and monotonous, sounding like an unexciting mash-up of Venom and doom metal.

      The production quality is intriguing but also a little annoying, as the guitars carry the same fuzzing note all the way through, and the drums are hidden away in the background, the whole thing sounding oddly quiet even when played at loud volume. The riffs of 'Third of the Storms' and 'Massacra'are straightforward punk-derived thrash riffs played at a steady tempo, and become overly repetitive after a while. 'Triumph of Death' is the most distinctive song for its extremely slow speed that stretches the song out to nine minutes, and while it isn't the most effective doom metal song out there, the croaking vocals exude a nice sense of dying. 'Horus/Aggressor' is a suitably mediocre finale, building up with sound effects for the first minute before it's back to the same old steady riffing for a few more.

      1. Third of the Storms (Evoked Damnation)
      2. Massacra
      3. Triumph of Death
      4. Horus / Aggressor

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Third of the Storms (Evoked Damnation)
    2 Massacra
    3 Triumph of Death
    4 Horus/Aggressor
    5 Revelations of Doom
    6 Messiah