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Defender of the Crown

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Released no less than 16 years after their second album, Defender of the Crown (2004) finds the fantasy metal godfathers picking up where they left off in 1988. Specifically, hammer-on guitars on top of hammer-on guitars, open-throated, mead-hall vocals and songs Iron Maiden would have no issue calling their own. As is characteristic for the band, a wry sense of humor tempers the earnestness and Bobbie Wright's guitar playing is never less than riveting. Interestingly, such (now) contemporaries as Dragonforce and Greece's Firewind have made Brocas Helm's particular take on metal more relevant today than it was when Wright and drummer Jack Hays first launched the band in '82. The album collects together two of Brocas Helm's impossible-to-find 7-inch releases, a 1989 demo called Helm's Deep, and features "Children of the Nova Dawn" which, although the band's first ever song, had never been recorded before Defender of the Crown. "Cry of the Banshee" and "Drink the Blood of the Priest" were both featured in the metal-themed video game Brutal Legend, starring Jack Black.

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I don't believe it! It's finally here! I couldn't find this album anywhere, now it's here! Brocas Helm Rules!! \m/


Geeze it took Itunes long enough. These guys are A-freaking-mazing. Each song is Epic, and drenched in Heavy Metal Glory. The first time I had ever heard about them was when I saw they were on Brutal Legend. So I looked them up, and they hae been around since the 80's!! How have they not gotten more publicity! This is some of the best Power Metal ive ever heard. Dont even get me started on the INSNE talent that they all have. So go.......BUY IT NOW if you love METAL \m/


Finally, Brocas Helm is available on Itunes.


Formed: 1982 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Even though they came into existence at around the same time and place (1982, the Bay Area) as the speed metal movement, San Francisco originals Brocas Helm shared only a few thrash-like tendencies with neighbors Exodus, Metallica, et al. Instead, like similarly overlooked contemporaries 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,...
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