The band's references date back to the late 1970's, when sons of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal VENOM appeared. Uniting KISS' theatrics, to the heaviness of BLACK SABBATH, and the aggression of MOTÖRHEAD and Hardcore Punk, they took Metal to the next level, creating the Power/ Speed/Thrash/Death/Black Metal subgenres. Great genre-defining bands followed in the years 1982 - 1987,
such as HELLHAMMER, BATHORY, SODOM, ONSLAUGHT, MASTER, POSSESSED, and in Brazil VULCANO and DORSAL ATLÂNTICA, among many others.
That golden age of Metal is often refered to, but seldom completely understood. The bottom line is that good Heavy music has no expiration date.
APOKALYPTIC RAIDS was formed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1998, by fans who lived that history. Some songs date back to 1985.
Fast and visceral, yet heavy and introspective. Vintage and careful production. Simple, rustic, yet not easy to reproduce. Lyrics dealing with obscure, fantastic, existential, pessimistic, niestszchean themes.