HELLHAMMER (1982–84). Tom G. Warrior (vocals/guitar), Steve Warrior, aka Urs Sprenger (bass, replaced by Martin Eric Ain), Pete Stratton (drums, replaced by Bruce Day).
Hellhammer were an early version of the band that went on to become Celtic Frost. Although they did not last long or leave much of a recorded output, they are revered by many in the black metal scene for their innovation and are a major influence on both the black and death metal scenes. The band was started by Tom Warrior in 1982 in Zurich, Switzerland, and Urs Sprenger (Steve Warrior) as Hammerhead before changing their name to the more provocative Hellhammer and recording the Triumph of Death and Satanic Rites EEPs, which sound like a cross between Venom and what Celtic Frost would become a few years later. The foursong Apocalyptic Raids record was released in 2004 but only hinted at the possibilities of the band and what was to come in Celtic Frost. Ain and Warrior never performed under the name Helhammer again, although the band’s influence on death and black metal is considerable. In 2008, Century Media finally released the authorized collection of the complete demos and compilation releases as Demon Entrails.
Discography: Demon Entrails (Century Media, 2008).