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Sunday Old School: Apollyon Sun

Often in the world of music, the most respected performers were the ones who were willing to take risks, whether they payed off or not. Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will always be known as the Metal God, despite the negative reaction to his band, 2wo, John Lennon will forever be regarded as one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century, despite mind crushingly abysmal, "Two Virgins" album and Tom Fischer (aka Tom G. Warrior) is considered by thousands of metal fans to be one of the most artistic composers in the genre, regardless of Celtic Frost's, "Cold Lake" record. However, "Cold Lake" wasn't the only risk Fischer released throughout his career, following the first dissolution of Celtic Frost, he formed a new band named Apollyon Sun, which was named after the album Celtic Frost were working on before they broke up. The band differed from Celtic Frost greatly in that it was strongly influenced by electronic music, resulting in a sound which was as much trip hop as it was metal.

Following the recording of their debut EP, "Industry Demonstration," the group were noticed by Sanctuary Management and began a working relationship with Rod Smallwood, who is best known as the longtime manager of Iron Maiden and before long were signed to Mayan Records. Through the label, the band released another EP entitled, "God Leaves (And Dies)" which caught the attention of British television executives, resulting in the songs, "God Leaves" and "Relinquished Body" being used in the BBC show, "City Central." Apollyon Sun then began work on their first full length album, for which they worked with producer Roli Mosiman, who had previously produced a variety of artists from Faith No More to Bjork. It took two years but finally, in the year 2000, the group's debut album, "Sub" was released. The release of the album allowed the band to begin touring internationally and were considered by many to be the stand out performance at that year's Kerrang Awards in London.

"Sub" was by no means a commercial success but was well received by critics and fans alike. Apollyon Sun continued to work with the BBC after this, contributing more music to be used in television shows, as well as Fischer and guitarist Erol Unala taking part in Probot, the metal super album put together by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Following these collaborations and contributions, the band began work on a new album, "Flesh," for which a number of songs were written and recorded, including a cover of the Celtic Frost classic, "Procreation Of The Wicked," but the album was never finished owing to the reformation of Celtic Frost. Once Frost reunited, Fischer invited Unala to become the band's new second guitarist, effectively ending Apollyon Sun. Since then, Celtic Frost have once again parted ways, with Fischer forming a completely new band called Triptykon instead, and has gone on record to say he has no intention of making music under the Apollyon Sun banner again. Although the band are largely forgotten by many metal fans and are overshadowed by the legacies of Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, they are a key part in the history of Fischer's career, music and artistic growth and a band which deserves alot more recognition than they receive.

Apollyon Sun - Dweller

Apollyon Sun - Feeder

Apollyon Sun - Slender

Apollyon Sun - Messiah (Second Coming)

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. Gytrash writes:

IMHO, never being a massive fan of Celtic Frost, I really took to Apollyon Sun. At the time, I never considered it to be the then fashionable 'Industrial' project it was labelled, being well aware of what was current in that field. I just really fixated on the quality electo-metal doominess and the songwriting qualities. I REALLY got how great Tom G was... and is through this band, even if it is more PC to cite Celtic Frost or Hellhammer as his prime claim to fame.

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2. hellrat writes:

fvck ya Oz...do you know why yer the best? because of sh!t like this, brother

the Sun is fvcking killer, an amazing project, epic....i always thought it sounds like the perfect blend between 'Frost, 9" nails, Ministry, white zombie, and depeche mode...

warrior has taken 4-5 major risks in his career (completely disregarding fvcking cold lake), and each time the results have always proved to be of the highest standard...a true underground pioneer

it continues to amaze me how so few even know ANYthing beyond the name Celtic Frost...its a tragedy common to the times i guess

anyway, thanks oz...excellent choice

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