On April 28 Brian Rademacher of RockEyez conducted an interview with vocalist James Rivera of Texas-based metal veterans HELSTAR. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
HELSTAR released its new studio album, "This Wicked Nest", on April 25 via AFM Records. It was made available on CD and vinyl.
Rivera recently stated about "This Wicked Nest": "We finally created the right Frankenstein album, the right HELSTAR album to embrace all HELSTAR fans, because there is a difference between old HELSTAR and new HELSTAR."
Audio samples of all nine tracks that appear on the album can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
"This Wicked Nest" track listing:
01. Fall Of Dominion
02. Eternal Black
03. This Wicked Nest
04. Souls Cry
05. Isla De Las Munecas
07. It Has Risen
08. Defy The Swarm
The song "Fall Of Dominion" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
Bassist Jerry Abarca is taking an extended break from the HELSTAR for health reasons and was temporarily replaced for some of the band's recent shows by Mike LePond of SYMPHONY X.
HELSTAR released "30 Years Of Hel", a DVD containing footage of the band's March 24, 2012 30-year-anniversary hometown show at Warehouse Live in Houston, on October 2, 2012 in North America (August 31, 2012 in Europe) via AFM Records. The DVD+2CD set includes footage of the band performing songs spanning its entire career, including material from the often-overlooked "Multiples Of Black" release. The package also features interviews with each bandmember, as well as with the entire group, conducted by "Robb's MetalWorks" and focusing specifically on this milestone.
HELSTAR released its last album, "Glory Of Chaos", in November 2010 via Germany's AFM Records.
Formed in Houston in the early '80s, HELSTAR cut its teeth playing backyard parties and small club gigs. It soon became apparent that HELSTAR had much more to offer then its contemporaries. Combat Records snapped up the band and released HELSTAR's debut, "Burning Star", in 1984. Next came "Remnants of War", followed by HELSTAR's breakthrough album, "A Distant Thunder", in 1988. The success of "A Distant Thunder" ultimately set up HELSTAR's most critically acclaimed album, 1989's "Nosferatu".