Hellhammer was an influential early 1980s extreme metal band from Switzerland. They are regarded as a key influence on black metal, and frontman Thomas Gabriel Fischer stated they "would later be credited as being among the founders of death metal." Two ex-members went on to form the equally important Celtic Frost in 1984.
Apocalyptic Raids was originally released in 1984 as a 12" EP; it is Hellhammer's first and only official record. Boasting four tracks, this record has served as an influence to such varied and respected bands as Napalm Death and Sepultura, both which recorded cover versions of "Messiah". Hellhammer would split up only three months after recording this EP, and later regrouped as Celtic Frost. Apocalyptic Raids would be reissued six years later, boasting new artwork and two bonus tracks.
Please note, even with the bonus tracks this is a short album at little over 27 minutes.
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