aaronmcm99, on june 03, 2013 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: This a truly epic album, and Brocas Helm are the definition of a cult metal band. 3 albums in 20 years, with lawsuits, and a sh-t ton of demos released from First Strike records in 1984, the band sounds like Manilla Road and Cirith Ungol (if you don't know who they are, they're effectively a more obscure Iron Maiden) guitars and bass are all pleasantly cohesive and very well played. Drums are above average but Brocas Helm have never amazed me in the drumming department, but it gets the job done for the most part, but the sound is very melodic and epic. // 9
Lyrics: The singer has a very British sounding voice despite being American, and for some reason reminds me of Rotting Christ's lead singer, the lyrics are VERY cliched and stereotypical medieval swords and fantasy affair, about death, witches and metal. They actually remind me of an early 3 inches of blood, in a good way, but at times the lyrics don't seem to fit in well with the lyrics at all at times, like in metallic fury it sounds like two different songs were made and just spliced it together in the studio. // 7
Overall Impression: The tracklisting is as follows:
01. "Metallic Fury" - a clusterf--k of an opener.
02. "Into Battle" - the fairly decent title track.
03. "Here to Rock" - one of the better tracks on the album.
04. "Beneath a Haunted Moon" - very strong song with good atmosphere.
05. "Warriors of the Dark" - not very good at all.
06. "Preludious" - Fairly good, buts its a rather short instrumental.
07. "Ravenwreck" - best song on the album.
08. "Dark Rider" - amazing track.
09. "Night Siege" - a classic Brocas track.
10. "Into the Ithilstone" - a fantastic closer.
It's starts off rocky but is saved by the last four tracks. I'd recommend to any fantasy metal fans.