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Brocas Helm

Even though they came into existence at around the same time and place (1982, the Bay Area) as the speed metal movement, San Franciscooriginals Brocas Helm shared only a few thrash-like tendencies with neighbors Exodus, Metallica, et al. Instead, like similarly overlookedcontemporaries such as Manilla Road and Warlord, Brocas Helm members Bobbie Wright (guitars/vocals), Jim Schumacher (bass), and Jack Hays(drums) blazed a less popular trail closer to traditional metal powers like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and, of course, Black Sabbath, before them. Thispurist's philosophy quickly translat ...read more

Even though they came into existence at around the same time and place (1982, the Bay Area) as the speed metal movement, San Franciscooriginals Brocas Helm shared only a few thrash-like tendencies with neighbors Exodus, Metallica, et al. Instead, like similarly overlookedcontemporaries such as Manilla Road and Warlord, Brocas Helm members Bobbie Wright (guitars/vocals), Jim Schumacher (bass), and Jack Hays(drums) blazed a less popular trail closer to traditional metal powers like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and, of course, Black Sabbath, before them. Thispurist's philosophy quickly translated into a contract with Germany's Steamhammer label, which released Brocas Helm's medieval-minded debut album,Into Battle, in 1984, but to little critical acclaim. Fact is, band and label were separated by too great a distance to work together effectively, andthe demos that would become Brocas Helm's second album, Black Death, would languish unreleased for nearly four years before finally coming to lightin 1989, and then via the band's own Gargoyle imprint. By then, the group (now augmented by second guitarist Tom "T-Bone" Behney) had become atruly underground enterprise, and would issue nothing but demos (1994's "Ghost Story," 1997's "Time of the Dark") until giving up their battle at lastin the late ‘90's. Brocas Helm's retirement was short-lived, however, and when Greek promoters invited them to tour that metal-mad country, theyeagerly re-formed and issued a single entitled "Blood Machine" to coincide with their live dates. Perhaps even more surprisingly, 2004 finally saw therelease of a third Brocas Helm LP entitled Defender of the Crown. « hide

Similar Bands: Manilla Road, Slough Feg, Cirith Ungol, Warlord

LPs
Defender of the Crown
2004

3.7
13 Votes
Black Death
1988

3.4
9 Votes
Into Battle
1984

3.1
7 Votes
EPs
Ghost Story
1994

3.5
1 Votes
Live Albums
Black Death In Athens
2004


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