HellHammer
Demon Entrails


4.5
superb

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
February 9th, 2013 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More than essential.

As a fan of black metal, death metal and thrash metal, no other band encompasses the starting point and key accomplishments like Hellhammer did when they pumped out early demos way the hell back in 83/84. Just take a moment and try to comprehend how many bands you listen to within any of the subgenres mentioned above. Makes you head spin thinking about it, huh? You name it, Hellhammer did it. Before Century Media turned into a metal purists worst nightmare, they acquired every single Hellhammer demo and remastered as well as re-recorded a few songs into Demon Entrails; a two disc, nauseating historical repertoire that captured an era a long, long time ago. Whether Century Media acquired these demos under circumstances given the way Celtic Frost self-financed Monotheist and had it internationally distributed by Century Media (there might have been some owing, we will never know), it’s still presented here in fine fashion without any of the dirt and grit removed.

Disc one explores their longest demo called Satanic Rites that was recorded in December of 83. Rightfully so, this was the definitive version of the band as they cranked out twelve songs of proto black metal with a strong thrash leaning. Looking through the track listing, about half of the songs are indeed re-recorded versions from disc two (which are from their first two demos). Regardless, the remainder are originals where the dust was blown off and put onto disc. Disc two is a much more raw affair, exploring the bands first two demos entitled Triumph of Death and Death Fiend. Thomas G. Fischer and company began as a more proto-black metal band with hints of death metal and punk influence before their full on thrash attack. What’s strangely odd is that not one song off these demos is re-recorded given the age and fragility that some of these master tapes can be. The amount of riffs borrowed off these demos to heighten Celtic Frost’s first three albums (after Hellhammer split to begin a more experimental version of themselves) is insane and shouldn’t go unnoticed. It’s interesting that a lot of these riffs have lasted this long and carbon copied to no end with great lasting power.

Calling this double disc compilation essential is an understatement. This is a groundbreaking set of demos that opened up the door for not one, but three different subgenres. Hellhammer and Thomas G. Fischer were and still continue to be a lifeline throughout all of these genres and hopefully inspiration for many generations of metalheads to come.



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Wizard
February 9th 2013


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just felt this needed a review so I did a short writeup. Just like the band, review is straight to the point. Hope you all enjoy.

Also, can one of the mods erase the other Demon Entrails album entitled Demon Entrails Remastered?

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MoosechriS
February 9th 2013


5017 Comments


cool review dude, been meaning to pick this up for ages.

pissbore
February 9th 2013


9935 Comments


SATANIC RI HI HIIIIIIIIIIIITES

CaptainDooRight
February 9th 2013


29386 Comments


production is true nod vox delayed can cans swirt and dam art doesn't hold back

love da drum but I wished they jazzed besides standard but snare gets worked well so pos on da al and pos on da u

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pissbore
February 9th 2013


9935 Comments


yeah bout time this got reviewed now i can add it to the queue of daily bumps, pos

HSThomas
February 9th 2013


668 Comments


Great review dude. Just one thing though dude, what's the story behind Hellhammer, Frost and Century Media?

Also album rocks.

pissbore
February 9th 2013


9935 Comments


"about half of the songs are indeed re-recorded, probably due to the quality and condition of the actual original recordings themselves."

lol dude the "re-recorded version" tags on the satanic rites songs just signifies that they're different versions than the ones on death fiend/triumph of death. there was no re-recording of anything done for this release

Wizard
February 9th 2013


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah, I will edit that tomorrow, I didn't realize that.

Edit: I fixed it. Sorry about the glaring factual mistake pissbore. Thanks for pointing that out.

what's the story behind Hellhammer, Frost and Century Media?

It's kind of hazy and I remember reading an interview with Fischer about 6 years ago when Monotheist was released and he said something around the lines of Century Media accussing Frost not fufilling their contract or something around those lines, probably resulting in Hellhammer allowing to releasing this comp as some type of fulfillment. Not exactly sure, just a speculation.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7046 Comments


A karl review? Yay boi

Wizard
February 11th 2013


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still review once in a blue moon.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7046 Comments


cant you review like once a month or something man? You need to rev more

evilford
February 11th 2013


22651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet, nice review pos'd, these dudes rock hard

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666Micrograms
February 14th 2013


923 Comments


gonna have to check this.

fastnbulbus
April 4th 2013


3 Comments


Can't count how many times I've got drunk to this, cause I never went to school.

pesbiros
June 19th 2013


547 Comments


fuck yeah

oltnabrick
June 22nd 2013


30904 Comments


hellhammer m/

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pesbiros
June 22nd 2013


547 Comments


SATANIC RI HI HIIIIIIIIIIIITES [2]


pesbiros
June 22nd 2013


547 Comments


why in cunt's fuck is the second h capitalized in the band name

Wizard
June 22nd 2013


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Take it up with the mods.

pissbore
July 4th 2013


9935 Comments


just ordered the "only death is real" book off amazon as well as terence mckenna's "food of the gods"

im fuckin stoked, i mean im sure theyre pretty much the same book but fuck it

double truth rules [2]

blaaaaaaaaaaack magic musssssshroooooooooms



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