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Helicon-“Helicon”(Self Titled)

And like an ancient painting the sun peaks through the high aired fog. We collectively stare off into the culmination of work no one ever had any intention of admiration. Each one of us must follow a path. Whether it be by our decision or another we follow. The idea that we’re in front is false.
Helicon takes on the dark abyss of nothingness with their self titled debut. Droning guitars with almost take on a wave like nature pummeled into your psyche masquerade themselves until they permeate your existence.
Beginning with “Devil On Your Tongue” I notice each one of their instruments perfectly falls into your head until its end leave you jarred and molded to what they think it ought to be. This hypnotic nature continues with the Indian influenced “Valmiki” which bleeds seamlessly into “Seraph”. The later adding a hopeful nature to your present situation. Vocals whimsically distorted bring your to another realm. Bringing nearly apocalyptic levels of crushing riff is “Drinking Of You”. Each chord is littered with glacial beats so dirty you can’t help with become even more engrossed and give up another aspect of control. At this point I notice the album’s art. Is this figure real? Have they been watching me this entire time? Have they always been there. The distant chanted vocals ease my troubled mind. Finishing off everything is the lovely titled “Ring the Albanian”. It take each aspect heard previously. All the filth. All the beauty and acts like a perfect coda for what I have just experienced.
By the this end of all of I’ve decided, no realized, that whatever nefarious purpose Helicon will lead me to will be where I’m meant to be.
Richard Murray Pow Magazine

I've been interested in music since a very young age. I was prone to ear infections when I was a baby and after long sessions with a doctor it was determined I would be deaf at a very early age from scar tissue. As a result my mother when play avant-garde music to me so I could hear a myriad of different sounds before that happened. Much to everyone's dismay, I could hear perfectly after the ear infections ended. But, my mom had inadvertently been put on a path of musical enlightenment. At 14 my 20 year old sister was attending Modest Mouse in Omaha, Nebraska with The Shins as an opener. I begged her to take me with her and she decided that would be my birthday present and took me. I was completely blown away by the experience. I wanted more and more of any live music I could find. But...living in Wellington, Kansas my options were a tad limited. I attended Weezer, Nine Inch Nails, Ladytron, Placebo shows but I was getting bored with everything mainstream. But everything changed when The Kills rolled through Kansas City. Seeing their dirty, smoke filled performance at The Midland Theater led me to look up more bizarre bands and further down the rabbit hole to finding newfound favorite such as Wolf Eyes and Slint. I began studying how exactly each genre made me feel. How each song sets a mood and tells a story. When I was about 26 I began writing for The Burning Beard. A doom, sludge, and heavy metal magazine based out of America and England and began my writing career. I met Dennis Gonzales at the 2014 Austin Psych Fest and we made a friendship centered around music. The next year we met again at the same festival and which led me to telling him about how I'd begun writing. He was interested to read my stuff and after a very short conversation he decided to let me on as a writing for POW! Magazine. Through his guidance my music spectrum as broadened significantly and I look forward to what I can hear in the future.