Upon viewing the name of the band, album, and album art, what is the first influential extreme metal band that pops in your head? Did you guess Metallica? Guess What? YOU ARE FUCKING RETARDED AND YOU NEED TO HIT THAT X IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER. Yes, Apokalyptic Raids is a full fledged Hellhammer worship band. Does that make them bad? Fuck No! If you have anything negative to say about this band it is because you wish you were the first person to come up with being a Hellhammer worship band, even though Sepultura’s Morbid Visions did it first before anyone else. That sentence is the main reason I consider Morbid Visions to be a proto-black metal album. There is a reason I mention that, Apokalyptic Raids also comes from Brazil. Brazil loves “Hell-Frost” so that should not come as a surprise.
As the name and reference suggests The Third Storm- World War III is Apokalptic Raids’ third album. The reference is a Hellhammer track called “The Third of the Storms (Evoked Damnation)”. For those playing the home game, “The Third of the Storms (Evoked Damnation” is from the 1983 demo Satanic Rites and was re-recorded for their 1984 followup E.P. Apocalyptic Raids. For all you people that Hellhammer is unknown to, if you were paying attention to this paragraph it should all make sense to you now, you also should listen to some Hellhammer.
Now that we got all the elitist ranting out of the way about how much you probably don’t know about Hellhammer but Celtic Frost is one of your favorite bands, we can focus on Apokalyptic Raids. The Third Storm- World War III is a solid album that was originally released limited to only 1666 copies. Those copies are long gone but luckily Hells Headbangers Records has re-issued this sick album as a 12″ LP.
Despite Apokalyptic Raids clearly worshiping the ground that Tom G. Warrior walks on, they are not a note for note direct translation of Hellhammer. In my opinion the musicianship of Apokalyptic Raids is greater than that of the bold primitive nature of Hellhammer. One of my favorite tracks on this album is “I’m a Metal Head / Revelations Of Doom”. The original part of the song is a slower chanting anthem kind of song and then at the end it just goes straight into the speed of Hellhammer, making a kick ass original song that leads into a cool cover.
The term worship is always frowned upon when it comes to metal. It is synonymous with the term cover band. I think it is redundant for there to be two bands that exist at the same time where one has been an established act for years and a new one arises that blatantly is not only influenced by them but is them. Hellhammer has been long gone and was never THAT successful monetarily. We need a band like Apokalyptic Raids to fill the shoes. What is redundant is for there to be Metallica who is still around and bands like Avenged Sevenfold running around and being praised though they are just shitty fanboys who suck at even picking the right kind of band to worship.