Apocalypse was the most important heavy metal outfit to emerge from Switzerland after Celtic Frost. Comprising Carlos R. Sprenger (vocals), Julien Brocher (guitar), Pierre Alain Zurcher (guitar), Jean Claude Schneider (bass) and Andre Domenjoz (drums), their central influence came from speed metal bands such as Slayer. Formed in 1984, a series of short-lived line-ups ensued before stability was achieved and they secured a contract with Under One Flag. Their debut album was mixed by Metallica supremo Flemming Rasmussen and featured high-energy power metal, although the sound was ultimately flawed by insubstantial vocals. They should not be confused with any of the several other pop and rock acts who have used the name Apocalypse.
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