"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".
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.
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”
Six years after „Lucifer’s Fate“, A TORTURED SOUL returns with their fourth studio album “On This Evil Night”, packed with 10 great new songs. Originated in Milwaukee Wisconsin, the quintet is ready to conquer the world again.
If there's a single phrase that could be used to described metal music in the late 80s, it would be "a total mind job", and not merely because of the up and coming progressive strain that was being forwarded by the likes Fates Warning and a few others. Left and right (though mostly left) were thrash metal bands that shifted from freaking out the masses with their dark imagery and horrific lyrics to pontificating about politics and the environment, and perhaps further hastened the ongoing generational divide between thrash and death metal. But if there was a single album that truly embodied both the musical and lyrical shift that was underway at the close of the 80s, it's Toxik's widely lauded sophomore effort "Think This"…
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.