If Celtic Frost
's first three albums served as the musical Lord of the Rings for hundreds of European kids who later wound up in black metal bands of their own, then Frost
's main man Tom Warrior's first band -- the ultra-primitive Hellhammer
-- surely represented The Hobbit. With Warrior
on vocals and guitar, Steve Warrior (no relation) on bass, and Bruce Day
on drums, the trio was only active, off and on, for close to a year between 1983 and 1984. But their Apocalyptic Raids
demo left a lasting impression nonetheless, doing the rounds in Europe's underground tape-trading networks long after the band had disintegrated and given birth to the much more ambitious Celtic Frost
. Despite their crude sound and dubious quality, the demos were eventually released by Noise Records with the title Apocalyptic Raids 1990 A.D.