Formed in 1982 in Switzerland and disolved in 1984 the band had a short career, but still it managed to make a huge impact on what would be known as the Black Metal scene, and Hellhammer is still ranked as one of the most influential bands of the genre. Apocalyptic Raids is the only record the band released during it’s active days, they had prior to that released three demos and appeared with two songs on the legendary Death Metal compilation Lp, a compilation wich also included Helloween‘s two first recordings amongst other.
In Hellhammer‘s music you can hear alot of influences of bands such as Venom, Motorhead and Discharge. It’s like… some records you put on to demonstrate and get the full listening experience out of your stereo, turntable and speakers, you want details and quality sound… i would like to say that this album is the exact opposite to that, the sound of the recordings are very necro to say the least, with Tom G Warrior’s screams above a layer of “sound”. This could very well be the sound of eternal rotting in hell! Now don’t get me wrong, this is a really good album, one of it’s better that came out that period of time, this is a album on wich you just simply relax and enjoy the music itself, and not the details.
After the band broke up back in 1984 Tom and guitarist Martin went on to form Celtic Frost, another very influential band. In 1990 the Noise label re-released this Mini-Lp in Cd with two additional bonustracks, the two songs featured on the Death Metal compilation Lp. The album got released with new coverart and under the title Apocalyptic Raids 1990 A.D. Here is a little what Tom G Warrior had to say about the breakup of the band “The material was even darker and more radical than on the final demo Satanic Rites. But this extremity made us feel trapped. We were only starting, yet Hellhammer‘s “music” and concept touched limits already. Where would we go after “Triumph Of Death” (the song)? So, despite our love for the absolute brutal heaviness of HH, three weeks after the recording sessions, Martin and me left the band.”
Side A: The third of the storms, Massacra
Side B: Triumph of death, Horus/Aggressor