What a shame that I've gone so long without posting about San Francisco's native sons, the medieval wizard-warriors known collectively as BROCAS HELM. Sure, I posted their low-budget masterpiece Black Death all the way back in December of '08, but C'MON! TWO FULL YEARS WITHOUT BROCAS HELM? How have I managed to be SO LAME for SO LONG?
Into Battle was the Helm's debut album, and due to conflicts with their record label regarding cover art (see examples, above and below) had trouble finding the light of day. As with Black Death, Into Battle's engineering and production are highly questionable. But the songs contained herein are quite simply beyond criticism, much less human analysis. Let it just be said that Brocas Helm built the castle that the mighty Slough Feg later inherited--a dank, stony place full of elves and the odd goblin, a place of black magic and sorcery, a place built of only the hardest and most solid ROCK beknownst to man--nay, to the very GODS.
Unsheath your broadsword, Commoner, and march forth into battle with the tempered steel of a Bay Area legend. Our banner is tattered and stained with the blood of the fallen, but the banner must be held aloft nonetheless. Join us or be slain.
Q: Who looks cooler than BROCAS FUCKING HELM?
A: NO ONE, that's who.
(Except for maybe BLACK DEATH, ironically enough.)
THE 'STACHE JUDGES YOU
PS Anyone else notice how things have slowed down quite a bit here at IC in the last week? There's a good reason for that. And while we're on the subject of Bay Area Metal, I don't mind revealing that said "good reason" involves METAL and the BAY AREA. Keep your earballs peeled for a big announcement from IllCon soon in regards to these topics...