"Vampiro" is the band’s ninth studio album, and it keeps alive a trend Helstar started when they came back from a hiatus at the end of the last decade. That trend being the release of one high-energy, high-quality heavy metal album after another. It’s been more than 30 years since the Helstar debut and the band sounds just as vital and inspired as ever. Revisiting the "Nosferatu" theme definitely seemed to help here, giving the band a classic frame of reference as well as a sinister subject to go with the wicked riffs found on "Vampiro".
James Rivera, THE voice of US metal, has been involved in many bands and projects over the years. But his true love always was HELSTAR, the band he fronts since more than 30 years, the band that created a very own, unique sound and that enjoys a magnificent reputation in the worldwide metal scene.After returning from a 11-year break in 2006, the “nucleus” of HELSTAR’s classic line-up reunited and brought back the characteristics of Texas’ finest. An album with re-recorded classics followed and today we look back on two more great studio albums and a Live DVD/CD.2014 sees Rivera and his band deliver another stunning release, “This Wicked Nest”. It’s a little more melodic compared to its successor “Glory Of Chaos” and reminds of HELSTAR’s 80’s classics, without copying the band’s rich legacy. Songs such as the epic opener “Fall Of Dominion” perfectly combine the band’s characteristic sound with the thrashy approach known from their latest album “Glory Of Chaos”
For most heavy metal fans Helstar of course needs no introduction. With albums such as ‘Burning Star’, ‘Remnants Of War’, ‘A Distant Thunder’ and ‘Nosferatu’ has delivered a few classic albums and has reached a legendary status in the worldwide heavy and power metal scene. The band fronted by vocalist and metal veteran James Rivera (also known from Vicious Rumors, Destiny’s End and Seven Witches) reached its thirtieth anniversary this year. To celebrate this event the band gave a special concert for their hometown audience in Houston, Texas, and filmed and recorded it for a live DVD and double live album that appeared in August.
Led by guitarist Jack Frost (SAVATAGE, BELLADONNA, THE BRONX CASKET CO., METALIUM, SPEEED), SEVEN WITCHES has been one of America's best classic '80s-inspired metal bands — specializing in American traditional power metal, reminiscent of bands such as HELSTAR, MANOWAR and METAL CHURCH. And on September 18, the group will issue its latest album, "The Way Of The Wicked", via the ILS Group. Mixed and mastered by Joey Vera of ARMORED SAINT and FATES WARNING.
Majesty (also known as Metal Force between 2008 and 2011) is a heavy metal band from Germany. The band is heavily influenced by Manowar both musically and lyrically, and even had former Manowar guitarist Ross "The Boss" Friedman appear on their second album, Sword & Sorcery. They call their music True Metal (which is a common term in the Heavy Metal scene for traditional heavy metal or power metal with idealized, traditional and fantasy based lyrics and stage-appearance) and the band is usually dressed in leather. The band leader Tarek Maghary also the author of the Dawnrider project, a metal concept album featuring many other musicians like Rob Rock, Ross The Boss, Michael Seifert (Rebellion). Other contributors are from Manilla Road, Wizard, Helstar and Paragon. In March 2015 the band's ninth studio album, "Generation Steel" was released via NoiseArt Records.
RAZORWYRE - the brand new sensation from New Zealand - have now unleashed their debut album on INFERNO Records (CD Version) and UNDERGROUND POWER Records (Vinyl version) ! This is nothing less than a totally MUST-HAVE release if you're into classical heavy-power-speed metal and dig bands like Iron Maiden, Riot, Judas Priest, Saxon, Helstar, Mortal Sin to name a few ! This band combines the best of Heavy-Metal, Power & Speed Metal like no one !!! This album includes 11 songs that will definitely drive you MAD!
On Call Upon The Wicked, songs range from classic Judas Priest to a touch of Rainbow. There’s even an epic song with female vocals, a new step in the Seven Witches chapter. Call Upon The Wicked includes experts such as James Rivera (Helstar) and Mike LePond (Symphony X). Jack Frost and the guys created a masterpiece with Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) handling the mixing.