GRIDE “Hluboká temná modř”

“Hluboká temná modř”
(L’inphantile collective)

Battle Helm Rating

Grindcore is nothing I got hooked on. I have tried it in various shapes but nothing has really stuck with me. I’ve tried Napalm Death, Agathocles, Terrorizer, Nausea, Exit 13 and Nasum but nothing really seemed like my thing. I am not saying that GRIDE are bad. In fact they are bloody marvelous at what they do. And in small doses this is something that I can listen to. Like on a 7”. But a full CD of their recorded works. It is a nice introduction to the band and I am glad that I got to make their acquaintance. It would not have liked to be totally clueless. As a grindcore record this is perfect. You get everything you could imagine. And you get plenty of it too. Anders Ekdahl

PERFECITIZEN “Humanipulation”

(L’inphantile collective)

Battle Helm Rating

If you want to be totally blown away by a musical force you need to put this one on. I don’t normally go for this kinda chaos but I have to say that this totally surprised me. Chaotic grindcore played the most extreme way possible on a Sunday seem to be my kinda medicine. I cannot stop listening to this, how off it is from what I usually listen to. But as I said, there is something about this that intrigues me in ways I didn’t think possible. This one is one of my biggest liking surprises. And that says a lot about how much I have come to like this. Anders Ekdahl

AMMYT “New Perspectives”

“New Perspectives”

Battle Helm Rating

I know that there are people out there that don’t like Amon Amarth because they have become too big. Which to me is total bullshit. Amon Amarth are good whether or not they are successful. I am a huge fan. I have no idea if I’ll be as big a fan of AMMYT in the future but I do like what I hear on this album. This is not a pure melodic death metal album. I do hear traces of other things too, like trad heavy metal. But that just makes this one so much broader in sound. Not having any greater expectations on this, I gotta say that it left me with a feeling of joy. It made me happy. Perhaps an oxymoron when you listen to death metal. Anders Ekdahl

YARGOS “The Dancing Mermaid”

“The Dancing Mermaid”

Battle Helm Rating

I have totally missed out on the previous records by YARGOS. Which seem to be my operandi modus. So many acts and so little time to check them all out. This one totally knocked me from the very first note. This is goth metal and then some. From the first note I got swept into a world that is as beautiful as it is ugly. It is a real rollercoaster ride listening to this album. an album perfect to listen to with headphones on, or at full volume in the middle of the night. This one has easily turned into my latest fave album of 2020. So bloody good that it is almost criminal. Anders Ekdahl

ONCE UPON A DREAM “Cruciamenthum”

(Alcyone Records)

Battle Helm Rating

Here’s another one I am not all familiar with. What a shocker, right? Reading all the band names that gets dropped in association with this band I realize that there is a whole world of metal out there that I have totally missed out on. But then again I haven’t paid too much attention to modern metalcore. But hearing this 5 track EP I kinda realize that there might be something out there too for me in metalcore. Because I really like what I hear on this record. It is heavy an aggressive without being too chest pounding. This needs to be further investigated. Anders Ekdahl

SEWN MOUTH “The Narcissist”

“The Narcissist”
(Alcyone Records)

Battle Helm Rating

The jury is still out on what I think of the band name. This is a Greek metalcore, modern metal, atmospheric metal band. It all sound good on paper but what does it sound like in reality? I gotta say that despite what they supposedly play I like what I hear. It might seem like I am very anti metalcore but I am not. I just need to hear more of it and especially hear the right bands to fully get the grips of it. And SEWN MOUTH is to me a fine way to start my exploratory journey into metalcore/modern metal. This one is a keeper for me. Anders Ekdahl

CROWN OF GLORY “Ad Infinitum”

“Ad Infinitum”
(Fastball Music)

Battle Helm Rating

I am not too proud to admit that I have enormous problems with remembering names and faces. And that it takes me ages to remember people I’ve met. So when a band with any sort of Crown pre-fix come my way I must think both a second and third time to be sure if I have heard of the band or not. And with CROWN OF GLORY I have come to the conclusion that they are new to me. Hailing from Switzerland they have something to live up to when it come to melodic hardrock/metal. One thing that struck me immediately was how much this reminded me of Michael Kiske Helloween. But once I had come over that first impression I could start to enjoy this album on its own merits. This is an album that will appeal to the melodic metal fans out there. If you like me like melodic metal bands like Battle Beast, Beast in Black and the likes you will like this as much as I do. Anders Ekdahl

=fudge= “Dust To Come”

“Dust To Come”
(fastball Music)

Battle Helm Rating

You can always question a band’s choice of name but some are questionable than others. You got bands like f x Chinchilla. What were they thinking? I am not the greatest fan of fudge. It is a bit too sugary for my taste. At least when it comes to candy. Hopefully the band =fudge= will be more of my taste. I have no idea what synth metal is. Perhaps listening to this will make me wiser. I do know that in the 80s synths and metalheads didn’t really get along.
It was like comparing apples with pears. Listening to this I have no idea what synth metal means. To my ears this is metal. Plain and simple metal. There is a thrash element to this that I like. The chugga chugga riffing of thrash mixed with some serious heaviness. What I do know is that I really like what I hear. This album turned out to be a really cool one. Anders Ekdahl

RAVEN BLACK NIGHT “Run With The Raven”

“Run With The Raven”

Battle Helm Rating

I will willingly admit that I used to own an album by this band that I never got round to listening to before I sold it off. Perhaps a major mistake from my side. Or perhaps not. This Aussie band are supposed to be some sort of epic doom metal band. And since I love epic metal this really should be up my alley. As I listen to this is I am totally convinced that this is to my liking. I sit here and discuss it with myself. One side of me wants to like this. The other side of me want to write it off totally. If I have to mediate between the two sides I have to say that there are parts of this that I really, really like. And then there are parts that don’t convince me that much. This album feels like one of those that needs time to grow on me. Anders Ekdahl