Music » CD Reviews

Hellhammer

Demon Entrails (Century Media)

by

comment
1929022.t.jpg

Among '80s headbanger gods, Switzerland's Celtic Frost is the only one that can be called arty. Granted, it's an odd tag for the singular — and sometimes symphonic — seminal sludge that influenced countless black-, death-, and thrash-metal groups. But before they settled on the Celtic Frost moniker, the guys played as Hellhammer — an evil-obsessed coven that mined the genre's underground for sounds. This two-disc compilation gathers a trio of oft-bootlegged demos from 1983. Newly remastered, the dungeon tapes sound cleaner than ever while retaining their grit. In songs like "Bloody Pussies" and "(Execution) When Hell's Near," frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer and guitarist Martin Eric Ain conjure tones that recall iron files scraping against battle-ax blades. All punk speed and metal clunk, some of Demon Entrails' tracks come off as sloppy Venom-worshiping sessions. Others, however, stand as worthy companion pieces to Frost's landmark 1984 album Morbid Tales.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.