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There are three versions of this, a triple LP edition, and a Deluxe 2 CD edition. Both feature a lavish booklet and a poster. There is also a bare-bones low priced version as well. I have the Deluxe 2 CD version, ordered directly from the manufacturer, it arrived on 2-19. It is full of rare never before seen pictures, reproductions of the original cassette tape covers, and a brief excerpt from the forthcoming book "Only Death is Real - The Illustrated History of Hellhammer and early Celtic Frost"
When Hallhammer released it's only official album "Apocalyptic Raids" the band had already been broken up, that album was regarded as one of the heaviest albums at the time. These songs show the progression of the band and how they would mature into Celtic Frost.
This is a good listen to hear the beginning of what would eventually become doom metal, thrash metal, black metal and death metal.
Everyone always had good things to say about Hellhammer. Countless bands have said that they had been heavily influenced by, to me, this elusive band. Mayhem, Emperor, and Burzum, aka: Count Grisnacht or Varg Vickernes if you want to get technical. Those bands that I just mentioned were coming up in the early and mid 90's. During that time, black metal was the new craze in the heavy metal underground. The funny thing about Hellhammer though is that they were playing in the style of black metal almost 10 years earlier. 1982, 83' to be exact. Black metal as a style on the metal family tree was just germinating at this time with Venom's second album titled "Black Metal" which was released in 1982. But Venom was more than a black metal band. They were thrash, speed, death and black metal. (Sorry I'm using the phrase: black metal too much but, what else can you call it?) Hellhammer on the other hand was pretty much the prototype "black metal" band. It really blows me away that there was music this fierce and heavy so early into the genre of heavy metal.
The first disc of this 2 cd set is called "Satanic Rights." An incredible recording from the embryonic period of Celtic Frost. For example: "Buried and Forgotten" turned into "Necromantical Screams" on Frost's album "To Mega Therion" from 1985. It's a little different in parts but it's definitly there.Read more ›
Disc 1 is the real treasure [Satanic Rites] By this point Hellhammer was about as good as they ever were gonna get. This is basically a full-length Hellhammer album containing such familiar classics as 'Third of the Storms' 'Messiah' 'Revelations of Doom' and an amazing rendition of "Triumph of Death"
'Triumph' is not the only Hellhammer epic however, as there are two other songs that clock over the 6-minute mark. 'Satanic Rites' and 'Buried and Forgotten' which is an early version of "Necromantical Screams"
If you thought Apocalyptic Raids was too short, then definitely check out this release!
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P.S It is also worth mentioning the infamous black metal band MAYHEM borrowed quite a few Hellhammer songs titles for use as their pseudonyms:
Members of Mayhem:
and on "Live in Leipzig" I'm pretty sure Dead tells the audience "Only Death is Real!"
Disc 1 is their "Satanic Rites" demo and is outstanding. The music sounds like a raw and faster version of Celtic Frost and it is quite unique and breathtaking. Punk, black metal, death metal, doom metal, and proto-thrash are all apt descriptions and the record is filled with great riffs and abrupt tempo changes. Every single track is excellent but my favorites are "Messiah", "The Third Of The Storms", Euronymos", and "Crucifixion". Later versions of "Messiah", "The Third Of The Storms", "Triumph Of Death", and "Revelations Of Doom" appear on Apocalyptic Raids as well but the versions here are faster and more aggressive, the drumming in particular is brought out more loudly and clearly in the mix. It is too bad that Tom G. Warrior did not include a remastering of Apocalyptic Raids on this disc, that would have made the collection complete.
Disc 2 includes the earlier "Death Fiend" and "Triumph Of Death" demos and is not as good as disc 1 but still quite fascinating. Songs are short, often 2 or 3 minutes, and include primitive versions of "Maniac", "Triumph Of Death", "Reaper", and "Cruxifixion". Audio quality is relatively poor, the songs are not well constructed, and Tom G. Warrior had not yet developed his trademark vocal style.Read more ›
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Too many bass guitar-less demos, but good as a historical reference.Published 13 months ago by Music Expert
This has the two classic Hellhammer demos compiled onto two separate discs. An inexpensive way to own a good portion of their music...Published 22 months ago by Jason A.
Tom gabriel fischer is an amazing artist that knows the truth behind creating beautiful music even if its horrific and traumatic in nature, in fact the more extreme the music the... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by chriso
this typical album is heavy and ok--but,dont waste yor money on this 2 cd set!!!the songs are not very melodical,and nothing is special--only true fans of hellhammer should buy!Published on December 23, 2010 by Anthony W. Waddell
The Hellhammer demos and the ep were very good. Demon Entrails is 10 out of 10, a black metal opus. This will definitely please fans of Celtic Frost, Venom, Bathory, Mercyful Fate,... Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by Rob C.