Perran Helyes

Born in London, grew up in Cornwall, currently in Cheshire studying music journalism. Hungarian ancestry means my surname is sadly not actually pronounced “Hell yes”. Aside from the odd Motörhead song in the car on the way to school, I was properly exposed to metal by Evanescence (which I presume played a part in my enjoyment of gloomier metal as opposed to if it had a more bone-headed and less mopey radio rock band), further indoctrinated by Iron Maiden and Metallica, and then dragged into the violent dark underbelly where I’ve primarily resided ever since by Cannibal Corpse and Watain at the age of 13.

I listen to essentially every sub-genre of metal in some shape or form and happily share my enthusiasm for any of them, from Burzum to Bullet for My Valentine to Blind Guardian, but extreme metal is my real passion, black, folk, death, doom and thrash my bread and butter. Tom. G. Warrior is the greatest musician to have ever done it. Also I don’t pigeonhole myself into just metal, dabbling in everything from pop punk to gangsta rap. Known for valiantly defending St. Anger, Swansong, Cold Lake, Illud Divinum Insanus and a bunch of other less than popular albums, nerding out over horror films, spending too much money on vinyl and too much time on World of Warcraft.

Articles by Perran Helyes

Blood Incantation – Starspawn

There are clear influences in the likes of Gorguts, Morbid Angel and ‘Human’-era Death, but Blood Incantation have a freakish touch all of their own, and in ‘Starspawn’ they’ve made a record which can go toe-to-toe with the leaders. – By Perran Helyes

Aborted – Termination Redux

For the most part, ‘Termination Redux’ is business as usual for the Aborted of the 2010s, but it’s a more than welcome reminder than this band are simply exceptional at what they do, and that the album later this year promises to rip our heads off. – By Perran Helyes

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Noeth Ac Anoeth

For a debut album, ‘Noeth ac Anoeth’ is a very promising start for an outfit who have managed to craft their own sound right out of the gate with less than twelve months together as a band. What is more exciting is the room for them to grow. – By Perran Helyes

Satan’s Satyrs – Don’t Deliver Us

‘Don’t Deliver Us’ seems like a logical progression for a band quietly evolving while staying true to their original mission statement, capturing the violent and sordid spirit of the late 60s and early 70s in a way only really matched by a band like Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and in a very different way. – By Perran Helyes

Interview: Hiran Deraniyagala from Battlecross

Battlecross guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala spoke to Perran Helyes on the new album Rise to Power’s creation, their shape as a live band, and which Slayer records don’t get their full dues.

Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard (Reissue)

‘Prowler in the Yard’ really proved that far from being a one-dimensional exercise in noisy savagery, grindcore could be as ferociously imaginative and boundary-pushing as any other style. – By Perran Helyes

Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed

‘What Should Not Be Unearthed’ is another show of deity-like strength from a band who after reinvigorating the death metal scene nearly twenty years ago seem set to annihilate any cynicism based upon their previous effort, remaining as powerful as they’ve ever been. – By Perran Helyes

Battlecross – Rise to Power

In a metal landscape where we have plenty of bands pushing boundaries or bringing listeners along on those enveloping emotional journeys, it’s reassuring that bands like Battlecross continue to thrive and provide that dependable ferocious crunch. – By Perran Helyes

Cradle of Filth – Hammer of the Witches

‘Hammer of the Witches’ melds the nocturnal, but colourful Cradle of Filth of old with the more direct and muscular recent works, feeling almost like both a culmination of the past decade for the band and the dawn of another new and exciting period. – By Perran Helyes

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