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Below is our complete Helker news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
3:45pm - September 12, 2015
It’s surreal….I stand on the ramp looking out Dragonland performing “Starfall,” minutes before I make my stage debut. Nerves, excitement, tension….all wrapped up as I stood with my friend Tommy to unleash “The Black Mare” with one of my favorite bands. I sang along to practice…
“The sign of truth – starfall lights in your eyes
The wish it hides – is in your mind
The hope of life – when astral angels cry
Truth and lies – starfall eyes”
Hey…I felt strong! Excitement flowed as I banged my head thinking…this is going to be awesome! Its back! My voice was back!
Far cry from this morning…… More...
ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Andorra's Persefone is the latest band to be cancelled from the 2015 roster, in part due to visa issues. The USCIS has reared its ugly head causing the most issues since 2009 for the annual festival.
Harveston explains: "Unfortunately, this situation is not a simple as the Morgana Lefay cancellation, although the visa process is once again at the root of things. It is no secret now the USCIS center in Vermont is running 4-6 weeks behind their normal schedule assuming there is no RFE (request for evidence). We technically still have three weeks we can wait to receive these visas and then schedule the mandatory interviews. However, Persefone booked a European tour in June with the assumption they would have completed the interviews prior to kicking off their tour. They cannot complete any interviews while on tour. I requested they wait until after the tour and then complete the interviews as there was still possibly time. I was informed the day job of one of the band members prevents him from traveling to Madrid during that time frame, especially with no specific date to schedule currently. Thus, I am left with no choice but to cancel the band now.
"I know these types of explanations are frustrating to you, the fans. There is simply nothing that can be done. In the immortal words of the great American poet, Jimmy Buffett, 'Breathe in..Breathe Out..Move On.' Please know that there is no animosity between the band and myself. I truly understand and empathize with their situation. I wish the band nothing but the best and will continue to support them in the future."
Within hours of the announcement, Canada's Unleash the Archers was added to the bill. The latest roster list is as follows: More...
Legendary hard rock/metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, T.S.O., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) has been confirmed for the sold-out ProgPower USA festival this year in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing Sweden's Morgan Lefay, who became the latest victim of the USICS Visa System. In a special performance, Jeff will celebrate his entire 30 year career at the festival performing songs from many of his bands along the way, including Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Pell Rudi, W.E.T., Rock Star, as well as his solo releases.
Jeff stated: "Having known about the ProgPower USA fest for years, I'm proud to be invited to present the ONLY US show this year with my 30th anniversary show! Me and the boys couldn't be more excited to rock Atlanta!"
Promoter Glenn Harveston added: "I’m honestly still in awe Jeff has graciously stepped up to the plate to help us out at the last minute. I can say I have never had such an amazing and quick conversation with an artist when it comes to booking a band. That is not only a sign of a true professional, but someone wanting to perform for our festival audience. Nothing fires up this crowd more than knowing a legendary name like Jeff Scott Soto actually wants to be in Atlanta. I'd also like to thank Sun Hill Management for the great response time."
Jeff Scott Soto recently took part in the sold out T.S.O./Savatage two stage spectacle at Wacken this past weekend. His latest solo release "Inside the Vertigo," under the monikor Soto, was released by earMusic back in January. More...
The annual ProgPower USA Festival held in Atlanta, Georgia announced the lineup for its 16th year just after Seventh Wonder's set (featuring the world premiere of the live performance of "Mercy Falls" in it's entirety) on Friday, Sept 12th. The festival will be held from September 11-12, 2015.
Among the special sets include the final live performance of Falconer!
The lineup was revealed to be:
Friday (September 11, 2015)
Voyager (Australia) (Fans Pick Setlist)
Falconer (Final Performance Ever)
Saturday (September 12, 2015)
Royal Hunt ("Padadox" in it's entirety)
Angra ("Holy Land" in it's entirety) (Headliner)
Argentinian metal act Helker posted a new music video for the the track "Flying." The song is from the band's latest album "Somewhere in the Circle," which is available now via AFM Records.
Check out "Flying" here:
Argentinian traditional/power metal act Helker posted a preview, which features clips from the tracks on the band's fourth full length LP "Somewhere in the Circle." The album is due for release tomorrow, February 15, 2013, via AFM Records. Helker features Triddana vocalist Diego Valdez (Ex-Lethal/Ex-Skiltron).
The band recently issued a new music video for the the track "No Chance to be Reborn," which can be viewed over at this location.
Check out the preview here: More...
Argentinian traditional/power metal act Helker posted a new music video for the the track "No Chance to be Reborn." The song is taken from the band's upcoming new LP "Somewhere in the Circle," the band's fourth full length studio effort, which is due for release on February 15, 2013 via AFM Records. Helker features Triddana vocalist Diego Valdez (Ex-Lethal/Ex-Skiltron).
The track list for "Somewhere in the Circle" is as follows:
1. Modern Roman Circus
2. Just Be Yourself
3. No Chance to Be Reborn
4. Begging for Forgiveness
5. Wake Up
6. At the End of the Journey
7. Ghosts from the Past
8. Still Alive
10. Inside of Me
11. Dreams More...
Helker recently signed with AFM Records and will be releasing new album "Somewhere in the Circle" this coming February 15th, 2013. A preview of a new song to appear on the album has now been posted online and can be heard below.
Argentina's Helker is happy to announce the band just singed a worldwide recording deal with AFM Records for new album "Somewhere In The Circle," along with a management & booking deal with Level 10 Music & ITM Agency.
”Somewhere In The Circle” will be released on February 15th, 2013 through AFM and a video clip for the track "Wake Up" can be viewed below.
The new album includes 11 tracks and was produced & co-written by Mat Sinner and mixed by Achim Koehler at Indiscreet Audio studios. Tim ”Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest) and Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) are featured as guests on the album, sharing the lead vocals with Diego Valdez on the epic "Begging For Forgiveness." European audiences might know Diego Valdez from his appearance on the latest Tarja Live DVD/CD as guest vocalist on the song "Phantom Of The Opera."
The band states: “We are excited and grateful to have the opportunity to work with AFM Records and Level 10 / ITM. This is the beginning of a new era full of new challenges and growth for HELKER! Thank you all!” More...