ATTACKER - Battle At Helms Deep 12" Vinyl LP Album

- RoadrunneR Records

"Battle At Helms Deep" is "Attacker's" first (debut) album. This is the version with the original album cover art with the "Green Monster" by Attacker, Steven Carr, and Ken Pontac. Later issues of this album have an album cover with a brownish monster over an open fire (which was most likely the very first album cover design)

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"Battle at Helms Deep" Album Description:

New Jersey's Attacker made waves in the mid-1980s with their debut album "Battle at Helms Deep". Released in 1985 on Roadrunner Records, the album stands as a testament to the raw, unbridled energy of the burgeoning American heavy metal scene.

The Age of Steel

Attacker emerged in a period when heavy metal was evolving rapidly. Bands like Metallica and Slayer were pushing the boundaries of speed and aggression, while traditional heavy metal acts like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden maintained their dominance. Attacker's sound drew inspiration from both camps: their songs were fast and furious but retained a strong sense of melody and classic song structure.

Unleashing the Fury

"Battle at Helms Deep" explodes with raw power. Tracks like "The Hermit", "The Wrath of Nevermore", and the title track showcase the band's blistering guitar work, pummeling drums, and the soaring vocals of frontman Bob Mitchell. Mitchell's voice possesses a unique grit and intensity, adding another layer of aggression to Attacker's sound. The album's lyrics often delve into themes of fantasy and battle, a staple of the era.

Production and Controversy

While the album's production is purposefully rough around the edges, reflecting the DIY spirit of the underground metal scene, this also became a point of contention for some listeners. The rawness of the mix added to the album's charm, while others found it lacking in polish compared to larger label releases of the time.

ATTACKER Band Description:

Before they unleashed the sonic fury of "Battle at Helms Deep," Attacker's story began in the tight-knit music scene of Old Bridge, New Jersey. Guitarists Pat Marinelli and Jim Mooney were the band's driving force, their shared passion for heavy metal sparking the initial flame.

Bound by their love of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the duo knew they had to create their own brand of aggressive, melodic metal. Enter vocalist Bob Mitchell, whose powerful voice infused the band with its unique intensity. The addition of drummer Mike Sabatelli brought rhythmic thunder, solidifying Attacker's core.

The band's chemistry was undeniable. Marinelli and Mooney's guitar work intertwined seamlessly, their riffs a relentless assault with surprising melodic twists. Sabatelli's thunderous drumming propelled the songs forward with relentless energy. And then, of course, Mitchell's vocals soared above it all, equal parts gritty and soaring.

Early demos gained them attention in the underground tape-trading scene. Their music, raw and passionate, embodied the DIY spirit of the time. Roadrunner Records recognized their potential, signing them and leading to the pivotal release of "Battle at Helms Deep".

The Core of the Storm

While the band experienced lineup changes over the years, the core that shaped Attacker's early sound and established their legacy was:

Pat Marinelli (Guitar): A riff-master whose work fueled Attacker's aggressive yet melodic attack.

Jim Mooney (Guitar): Complemented Marinelli perfectly, adding depth and complexity to the guitar onslaught.

Bob Mitchell (Vocals): The band's fiery frontman, his powerful vocals were critical to Attacker's signature intensity.

Mike Sabatelli (Drums): The relentless backbone of the music, providing a thunderous rhythmic foundation.

Album Fact Sheet: ATTACKER - Battle At Helms Deep

Music Genre:

Heavy Metal

Album Production Information:

The album: "ATTACKER - Battle At Helms Deep" was produced by: Attacker, Glenn M. Taylor

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Glenn M. Taylor

This album was recorded at: If Walls Could Talk, Passaic, NJ

Mastered by Jack Skinner at Sterling Sound, New York City

Jack Skinner, a revered mastering engineer, has made significant contributions to the music industry through his work at Sterling Sound Studio in New York City. Sterling Sound, established in 1968, is one of the most prestigious mastering facilities globally, known for its state-of-the-art equipment and top-tier engineers.


Skinner's career at Sterling Sound spans several decades, during which he has mastered albums for a wide range of artists. His portfolio includes work with iconic names such as Metallica, who benefited from his mastering expertise on their groundbreaking debut album "Kill 'Em All" (1983) . This album, often credited with helping to define the thrash metal genre, features seminal tracks like "Seek & Destroy" and "Whiplash." Skinner's mastering played a crucial role in its raw and powerful sound, contributing to its lasting impact on the metal scene.

Another notable project in Skinner's illustrious career is Raven's "Live at the Inferno" (1984). This live album captures the raw energy and intensity of the band's performance, and Skinner's mastering work ensured that the live recording translated effectively to the final product. His expertise helped to achieve a powerful and dynamic sound that captured the essence of Raven's live shows, further cementing their place in heavy metal history.

In addition to his work with metal legends, Skinner has also mastered albums for diverse artists across various genres, demonstrating his versatility and broad appeal. His ability to enhance the sonic quality of recordings, ensuring they sound their best on all playback systems, is highly regarded in the industry.

Skinner's approach to mastering involves a blend of technical skill and artistic sensitivity. He uses a combination of analog and digital equipment to achieve the desired sound, often employing tools such as equalizers, compressors, and limiters to shape the audio. His keen ear for detail allows him to make precise adjustments that bring out the best in each track.

Beyond his individual projects, Jack Skinner has also contributed to the legacy of Sterling Sound by mentoring up-and-coming engineers. His guidance has helped to nurture the next generation of mastering talent, ensuring the continued excellence of the studio.

Album cover artwork: Ken Pontac

Album cover photography: Diane Aguiar


Record Label Information:

 Roadrunner Records – RR 9750

Album Packaging:

This album includes the original custom made inner sleeve (OIS) with album production details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos

Record Format:

 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1985 Holland
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: ATTACKER - Battle At Helms Deep
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Bob Mitchell - Vocals
  • Pat Marinelli - Guitar
  • Jim Mooney - Guitar
  • Lou Ciarlo - Bass
  • Michael V. Sabatini - Drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "ATTACKER - Battle At Helms Deep"

The detailed tracklist of this record "ATTACKER - Battle At Helms Deep" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. The Hermit 4:24
  2. The Wrath Of Nevermore 4:35
  3. Disciple 3:35
  4. Downfall 5:14
  5. Slayer's Blade 3:0
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Battle At Helmes Deep 3:58
  2. Kick Your Face 4:44
  3. Dance Of The Crazies 5:03
  4. (Call On) The Attacker


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