Apollyon Sun

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Apollyon Sun - Sub ©2000 Sanctuary
1. Dweller (subhuman Remix)
2. Reefer Boy (John Fryer Remix)
3. Feeder
4. Messiah (second Coming)
5. Naked Underground
6. Slender
7. Human III
8. R.U.M.
9. Mother Misplaced
10. Concrete Satan

Oh, puh-leeze.

So ten years after the last proper Celtic Frost album and quite a few years of promises, ballyhoo and hints, Tom Gabriel Fischer (no longer deserving of the "Warrior" title) finally has released his "visionary" new project Apollyon Sun. You'd think with lineage and musical heritage being derived from the likes of Celtic Frost and the severely underrated Coroner that Apollyon Sun would have a little more going for it. But as it stands, Tom Fischer may indeed just be trying to vindicate Celtic Frost's monumental 1988 career misstep of Cold Lake by proving glam is not the only genre his music was unable to survive in. This extremely bland and intensely uninteresting stab at techno infused industrial metal could possibly be, without question, the worst thing this man has ever released. At least a few tunes on Cold Lake were worth their weight in flimsy CD plastic. This dud, on the other hand, is entirely a waste of the forty-five minutes it takes to complete. Chances are you will not be rewarded back these forty-five minutes when you pass away. In fact, I can find many other tasks that would be better spent in that three-quarter of an hour period. There is that toilet in my bathroom needing a scrubbing. Out of the ten tracks presented here, but one is even remotely worth mentioning. "Slender" is a quietly orchestrated piece that breaks up the monotony of the rest of the album. Had the other nine tracks not been quite so horrendous, "Slender" might not be as good as it seems. But a dandelion in a patch of cow manure does tend to be the only remotely beautiful thing there. Fact of the matter is that a mix of low tuned guitars playing generic castaway riffs over somewhat restrained techno and electronic influences does not immediately make one "visionary", as the liner notes might suggest one to believe. From the mumbled and disinterested vocals to the extremely limp performance to the grand lack of innovation, this is truly one of the biggest disappointments I've heard in ages.

At this point, it would seem the mind behind the classic and wildly influential early Celtic Frost albums was indeed either a fluke or tapped out of ideas over ten years ago. Sub is indeed subpar.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2000

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