CHILDRENN ”International Exit”

”International Exit”
(Mighty Music)

Battle Helm Rating

I am not gonna say that I have always been a great fan of Danish music but ever since I got into metal in 1982 I have had some great musical moments with Danish bands. I am not sure that CHILDRENN will be my next great Danish music endeavour. To be honest I have no idea what to expect from this band. There is a voice telling me that this could be anything between heaven and hell. And listening to this album I am divided. There is a part of me that really like what I hear. Then there is a part of me that wonders “what the hell is going on”. If I expected anything it was a melodic hard rock album but this is much more “experimental” than that. Perhaps not my new fave album but it is an interesting one to say the least. Anders Ekdahl


”Castle Of Ice”
(Arkeyn Steel Records)

Battle Helm Rating

I don’t think I ever stumbled upon DESCENDING FATE back in my fanzine reading days. And if I did I do not remember them at all. This CD collects the band’s three demos from 93, 94 and 96. Musically this is heavy/power metal in the early Queensryche school. It is very 90s sounding. But somehow it still works today. There is a quality to this that I like. I might not have been the biggest fan in the 90s if I had come across them then but today I like what I hear. This is a great document of a band that did not make it big. Anders Ekdahl


”Death Supremacy”
(Hammerheart Records)

Battle Helm Rating

Västevik in Småland, Sweden is best known for its Visfestival. But that might change now with another new black metal band following in the footsteps of Blodsrit. This is black metal in the vein of Marduk. The full force kind. I can’t remember the last time I heard an album like this. It is not all about speed. This is a really well structured album. A lot of thought has gone into writing the songs. Or so it seems. That this is a debut album might surprise some because it is very competent. I do miss out on an all out speed black metal album but this is not too bad. I like what I hear. Anders Ekdahl


”Evade Your Soul”
(Soulseller Records)

Battle Helm Rating

I am not complaining but I find it funny how labels that started out as basically extreme metal labels now branch out and release album by for example bluesy hardrock acts. Not that it matters to me as I like most of this stuff that that they release. LEWIS AND THE STRANGE MAGICS s a Spanish heavy psyched out rock band. And that they are listening to this album. But it still grooves in a way that makes it hard to resist. If you like acts like Blues Pills you might like this too. There is a vibe to this that is so funky that you will dance on the spot. Cool. Anders Ekdahl

MALLEN “This Dream”

“This Dream”

Battle Helm Rating

I have been aware of the name MALLEN for some time now but I think this is the first time that I actually get to hear any recorded music. I would describe this as modern metal. Modern in that it mixes different genres into one. But if I were to put my finger on what this sounds the most like I would fail miserably. It is nothing I haven’t heard before yet it feels fresh enough to impress me. I would like to say that this reminds me of a harder edged Halestorm or Flyleaf but I am not sure I do MALLEN any favours by doing so. What I do know is that I like what I hear. Anders Ekdahl