Good news arrive from the Helstar camp today. The veteran group is currently working on the pre-production for their upcoming new album and successor to Glory Of Chaos. For now, eight songs are done, with just a few more to go. You can expect their new offering to be unleashed in 2014.
As previously reported, US speed metal band Helstar will release a 30th anniversary DVD. The tracklist of the concert, which has been filmed in Houston (Texas) on March 24th, can be viewed below. The official double live CD and DVD containing the entire performance will be released in the fall by AFM Records.
US speed metallers Helstar have announced that they will be celebrating the band's 30 year anniversary by recording an upcoming show for a DVD. The band issued the following: "Happy new year everyone! Can you believe that 2012 marks 30 years since the formation of Helstar? This calls for an epic celebration!"
Helstar will be touring Europe this December in support of its latest effort, "Glory of Chaos", released on November 5, 2010 in Europe via AFM Records. Helstar's European headlining tour will kick-off on December 10th in Kerkrade, Netherlands, and will conclude on December 18th in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Helstar December 2010 European Tour Schedule:
10-12 The Rock Temple - Kerkrade, Netherlands
11-12 Metal City Festival - Lünen, Germany
12-12 Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany
13-12 Gala Hala - Ljubljana, Slovenia
14-12 Viper Room - Vienna, Austria (with Blaze Bayley)
15-12 Rock City - Uster, Switzerland
16-12 Eiche - Crailsheim, Germany
17-12 Eindhoven Metal Meeting Festival - Eindhoven, Netherlands
18-12 Little Devil - Tilburg, Netherlands
Helstar is without a doubt one of the originators of American Heavy Metal. Metal Blade will now release the Rising From The Grave boxset which includes remastered versions of the A Distant Thunder and Nosferatu albums. The boxset also includes the brand new DVD Twas The Night Of A Hellish Xmas. The Rising From The Grave cover art] boxset will be released the 2nd/5th of July 2010 in Europe.
The DVD was recorded live at the Backstage Club in Houston, TX on December 25th 1989 and features original Helstar members James Rivera on vocals along with Larry Barragan and Jerry Abarca. It's the first authorized Live Video recording by 80's Power Metal icons Helstar. Mastered by Ty Tabor (King's X) and James Rivera.
Today (Tuesday, January 06, 2009) Helstar presents the first ever Helstar music video: "Pain Will Be Thy Name"!!!
The band recorded the live video footage on December 6, 2008, in Baytown, TX. The official video release date for "Pain Will Be Thy Name" is January 6, 2009.
The full music video will debut on Robb's Metal Works January 2009 episode, which also features an interview with Helstar guitarists Larry Barragan and Rob Trevino. The program airs on Sunday, January 18th at 10:00 PM on San Antonio, TX, Time Warner Cable channel 50.
US metallers Helstar have issued the following update:
"Yeah we know, we suck! We haven't kept up with the site, but hey we've been in the studio! That's right we have a new CD completed! The title is "The King Of Hell". The European release date is set for September of this year. The US release should be about 3 months later. Don't ask why, we don't even know. Keep checking back for a sneak peak of some of the new songs and for upcoming European Tour dates!"
"The King Of Hell" cover] tracklisting:
01. The King Of Hell
02. The Plague Called Man
04. When Empires Fall
05. Wicked Disposition
06. Caress Of The Dead
07. Pain Will Be Thy Name
"The new Helstar album "Sins Of The Past" will be released on November, 23! The guys around singer James Rivera re-recorded some of the old classics from the first Helstar records to put them on this album. This is for sure not just another best of album! All the old songs will come with an outstanding new sound and the album will also include 2 brandnew Helstar tracks! The first edition of "Sins Of The Past" will come in a special CD layout. Furthermore, a limited picture vinyl version will be available."
Here is the tracklist of "Sins Of The Past" cover]:
01. Burning Star
02. Suicidal Nightmare
03. The King Is Dead
04. Evil Reign
Founded 1982 in Texas, Helstar went to a legend of the US Metal scene with such albums like "Burning Star" (1984), "Remnants Of War" (1986), "A Distant Thunder" (1988) and "Nosferatu" (1989). After the split in the beginning of the nineties, James Rivera played in bands like Vigilante and New Eden before Helstar did a reunion and the album "Multiples In Back" in 1995. After the album, the band split again.
Afterwards, Rivera released 2 outstanding records named "Distant Thunder" and "Killing Machine" before he joined Vicious Rumors and did the recordings of their latest album.
After playing with Vicious Rumors on this years "Bang Your Head" Festival, Rivera signed a long dated contract for Helstar with AFM Records.