CYDIA “Victims Of System”

CYDIA
“Victims Of System”
(Metal Scrap)

Battle Helm Rating

I know that this is no excuse but I get to hear so many great records that I can’t really remember them all, let alone albums that were released years ago, but I do remember the name CYDIA. Unfortunately I only little recollection of what they sounded like. For some reason I came to think of Face Down when CYDIA started blasting through my speakers. This is the beat your chest kinda metal that done with pure conviction is some of the best metal in the world. CYDIA are really good at what they do. I feel the anger and aggression through the speakers. This is the lkind of album you need to blast loud. Anders Ekdahl

DAN DEAGH WEALCAN “Fragmented Consciousness”

DAN DEAGH WEALCAN
“Fragmented Consciousness”
(Another Side)

Battle Helm Rating

This is an artist I have no clues about. This could end being anything. So it is with wide open ears that I take this one on. And since I have no idea what to expect I kinda feel that this could go any which way it wants. But hey, if I can take Naked City I’ll be able to get this too, hopefully. For some reason I get the impression that this could have been one of the numerous Devin Townsend projects that circulates out there. But this Russian/Ukraine constellation isn’t as weird as I first thought they’d be. Sure, it takes a bit more focus to listen to this but is still very listenable. Anders Ekdahl

DIESEAR “Ashes Of The Dawn”

DIESEAR
“Ashes Of The Dawn”
(Total Metal)

Battle Helm Rating

I’ve been trying to figure out how to pronounce this bands name and what kind of word play it is but with no luck really. So instead of wrecking my brain on that enigma I’ll concentrate on the music instead. Hopefully it’ll prove less of a challenge. This Taiwanese band plays a sort of melodic death metal that is easy to take in. no strange time changes or break beats. Just full speed ahead melodic death metal. Perhaps not something we haven’t heard before but they do it with such conviction that you easily forget that you’ve heard this sound before. A really good death metal album. Anders Ekdahl

MIND AFFLICTION “Into The Void”

MIND AFFLICTION
“Into The Void”
(Metal Scrap)

Battle Helm Rating

I really don’t wanna know what afflicts my mind. I might not like I’ll see. But that apart I get prog feelings from this band based on the name. Like Fates Warning/Dream Theater in a brutal crash. I could be totally wrong and this could end up a full on death metal blast fest. And I was totally wrong. THIS IS a total black/death metal fest. This is another Polish outfit that yet again prove that this is a country full of really talented black/death metal acts. This is as technical as you might expect from a polish extreme metal band yet you’re never lost in an overly technical wizardry that could easily be the case. Another cool Polish metal release. Anders Ekdahl

PEODOPHILE PRIESTS “Dark Transgressions of the Soul”

PEODOPHILE PRIESTS
“Dark Transgressions of the Soul”
(Metal Scrap)

Battle Helm Rating

This gotta be a really blast based on the name. I kinda expect a borderline grindcore blast from this lot. So it is with great expectations that I’ll start this one. With the hope of being blown away. If not I’ll be mightily disappointed. The Poles are really good at this extreme death metal thingajing and while this isn’t the blast I had so high hopes for it is still death metal in the Decapitated/Behemoth school. Technical yet brutal these Polish dudes prove that they too want to be talked about. For those of you who like your death metal more on the technical side. Anders Ekdahl

SHADOW REBELS “Oversleep Hurricane”

SHADOW REBELS
“Oversleep Hurricane”
(Another Side)

Battle Helm Rating

SHADOW REBELS sound like a classic hardrock band by way of name alone. I know that I shouldn’t judge the band by its name but it is a fun game to play just to see if you’re right. But when you read the description of this Israeli band’s music I for one gets confused. Hopefully this isn’t as crazy in real life as the description suggests. But when you mix progressive with grunge with hardrock you could end up with absolutely anything. But this is really grungy progressive hardrock. I find myself comparing this to a less chaotic Mindfunk or a more controlled System Of A Down. You might get the picture. Anders Ekdahl