Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Believe it or not, there was a time before Celtic Frost. In this black swirling abyss of history, the forces of evil began to coalesce and would form the roots of basically every single kind of extreme metal everywhere. Of course, the most evil, twisted, and deviant of all of these was a band of three half man, half goat, all foul bastards from the pleasant hills of Switzerland under the name of Hellhammer. Inspired by playing Venom's "In League With Satan" 45 single at 33.3RPM and probably drinking a shit ton, these fuck ups made some of the bestworst deviant mindmelting noisetrash ever to plague our planet. The riffs are the equivalent of a crack baby with with down syndrome, the drums are about on rhythm as high school sex, the bass tone is something akin to a case of ex-lax, and the vocals. Oh god, the vocals. Fucking hell amazing.
Shit dude, this band is easily the best representation of "man it was a time and a place." One of those, "Fuck I wish I'd been in that basement" kind of groups. Anyways, if you want to hear what the band who got famous for literally being "the worst band in metal" yet somehow went on to form one of the most formidable, interesting, bands in hardrock history sounds like get this. Only released on cassette demos, these are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd demo tapes. A bunch of these (aka Demon Entrails) were re-released last year and sound about 400x better than their 8 generation cassette forefathers.
Shit dude, I don't care who you are, if you can't bang your head to Hellhammer you're a fucking dick.
Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids
Hellhammer - Demon Entrails