Hellhammer ” Bloody Insanity ” 7 ” ep
Made in multiple colors / Picture disc / gatefold 7 ep jacket
This recording was to be the original EP of the NWOBHM style releases of the day ( 1984 ! ) But other albums and compilation appearances and Celtic Frost came to be…
The Red dot indicates a – limited to red vinyl – release
Recorded on mobile eight-track on June 10 and 11, 1983 at the Grave Hill Bunker, Birchwil, Switzerland.
Picture 7″ / 500 copies
Silver 7″ / 300 copies (Century Media exclusive)
White 7″ / 300 copies (Nuclear Blast exclusive)
Clear 7″ / 300 copies (High Roller exclusive)
Transparent Red 7″ / 600 copies (this)
Black 7″ / 1000 copies
with copies split between US distribution and European.
Track # 1 ‘ BLOODY INSANITY ” contains vocals from STEVE WARRIOR , not TOM G , ( he sings on b side ‘ MANIAC ‘ )
These `1st generation masters are interesting , because beyond sounding pretty much the same or worse then several other Hellhammer boot releases , the track MANIAC on side B of the record stays in your face for the 1st half of the song , then dies into the tape – drop soup.
The record was repackaged for 2016 public , but we opened it up and actually listened to both sides several times it was hard to find MANIAC being an new and improved version….I have a volume knob so I used it, shouldn’t heavy metal be played at top volume ? I can assume these versions might be the original scratch tracks that never saw the light of day…. But also no forum cry of sound quality….guess you weak thrashing MANIACS leaving the sticker , and shrinkwrapped attached to the record and never playing it, one might never know…!!!
If you were a huge fan of the earliest form of death metal this is a glimpse into the genesis of that sound / style. HELLHAMMER riffs were top notch and copied by death and black metal bands till this very day of August 2016
Celtic Frost of course took that sound ( and recording quality ) up about 11 times better , but this look into the past is a very intimate one by the good old Tom G Warrior.
Demos like ” DEATH FIEND “,” TRIUMPH OF DEATH ” and ‘ SATANIC RITES ” seem far and few today in the metal scene , but the style of playing has stuck around. The quality was raw and very unknown to the public in 1983 and probably did not actually catch on till the LP release of ‘ APOCALYPTIC RAIDS ‘ release, and rise of the Celtic Frost Lps of course!
It was a nice surprise to have Steve ‘ SAVAGE DAMAGE ‘ Warrior taking the headliner spot on the good old tracks like ” Bloody Insanity ” . His vocals made some of the tracks from the demos and the bass of course , which is a highlight of the great Hellhammer sound….I see the SLAYED NECROS had a band called GRAVE HILL in 1981-1982 , now I wonder what that is about !
There are some samples of band demo from 1984 Køtsen – Attack Of The Savage Horde – and Yes you know those vokills !!! PAIN COMPLETE !!!!!!!