Brocas Helm
Defender of the Crown


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainHadouken USER (22 Reviews)
March 20th, 2013 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brocas helm reminds us why metal can be ridiculously fun.

This have been a long time coming. Brocas Helm deserved a review, and it is about time they got one. So who is Brocas helm? Well read the band description. No point wasting time in giving a long history here. If you want a short summary then they were formed in 1982 during the ever-growing bay area thrash community. Since then, Brocas Helm went to release three albums: Into Battle in 1984, Black Death in 1988, and then 14 years later, this album, Defender of the Crown in 2004. They never gained mass popularity or acclaim such as other bay area bands. Listening to this album, it is hard to see why. Perhaps they were just the short stick on the draw, or maybe label issues. Enough about the history as to keep it short. Let us dive into the album.

Brocas helm has nothing to prove when it comes to their skill. This album is technically amazing. From the opening bass line in Cry of the Banshee alone, you know this is going to be a pretty epic album. Every song on this album has very precise musicianship. The member's twenty plus years of playing obviously has been paying off. Cry of the Banshee, Helm's Deep, and Juggernaut all showcase Brocas helm at their best. Nearly every track on here does a fine job of that, but those are just some examples to go off of. If anything the album also ends with quite a bang. Children of the Nova Dawn is just one hell of a way to close. That song just sounds like a epic metal track should.

Defender of the Crown, has a fun "Power-Thrash" feel to it. It is reminiscent of early Iron Maiden. Brocas Helm shows only minor influence, and this album seems to be one of their own. The best way to describe Defender of the Crown would be that of a cool fun 80's power metal record. The fact being that is how it sounds for most of the album. On another note, the album is very well structured. Every track is consistent and does more than enough to keep the attention of the listener. There are some points it has a noise problem and it can be hard to hear the vocalist. This occurs on one or two tracks, however, other than that the album is well-produced.

Brocas helm are not your role models, or maybe they are. The lyrics for a lot of songs are just out there, though they are humorous. Drink and drive is one, and Skullf**ker is another. Blood Machine has the notion about having you balls chopped off and bleeding to death. This is on the border of hilariously cool and just terrible. This means having a song called SkullF**ker was not enough . As bad and cheesy as some of the lyrics are, most of the them do kind of work. In a way its just fun to listen too. There might have been some "cheese" moments during certain songs.

Love them or Hate them, Brocas helm reminds us why metal can be ridiculously fun. This album is quite the experience, and it was a fun ride on Defender of the Crown. So if the time is right, pop in this album. In can bring out a very fun vibe out, as cheesy power-metal always does. Just press play, and ask if you can hear the banshee scream.

Recommends

-Cry of the Banshee
-Juggernaut
-Helm's Deep
-Children of the Nova Dawn



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CaptainHadouken
March 20th 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude, i am not too sure, perhaps a family tree may need to be viewed.

Panzerchrist
March 20th 2013


135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cry of the Banshee is god-tier NWOBHM. Rest are pretty solid as well. Glad to finally see this reviewed.

CaptainHadouken
March 20th 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yup, I really enjoyed this, guess someone didn't enjoy the review though haha

illmitch
March 20th 2013


5429 Comments


well, no offense, but the review has some problems. you take a very conversational tone ("So who is Brocas helm? Well read the band description.", "Brocas helm are not your role models, or maybe they are.", and the whole paragraph about how the lyrics are kind of offensive), which doesn't really work here. try to take on a more academic or authoritarian tone. also, you don't really do much description - you SAY that a song "sounds like an epic metal track should", but why does it sound that way? is it the guitars? the bass? the vocals? i don't really learn that much about brocas helm from your review, except that they kinda sound like iron maiden. finally, you have a few grammatical errors - using the wrong "its" in "its just fun to listen to", and for some reason you choose to not capitalize the "helm" in "Brocas Helm"

hope this helps, i like brocas helm a lot and would like to see a good review of them

CaptainHadouken
March 21st 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its really not about how the lyrics are offensive, just making a point. I don't even think i said the lyrics were offensive, In fact i wrote at the end of that:

"As bad and cheesy as some of the lyrics are, most of the them do kind of work. In a way its just fun to listen too. "

I mentioned How it sounded earlier on, though i suppose for those who don't know what power or thrash metal sound like i could describe it better.

Thanks for the advice and opinions though.


InFlamesWeThrash666
October 4th 2014


1414 Comments


Cry of The Banshee is so good

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