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Helstar

Formed: 1982
From: Houston, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Helstar News

Below is our complete Helstar 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Helstar Streaming New Track "Eternal Black"

U.S. metal act Helstar is streaming the new track "Eternal Black." The track appears on the band's new album "This Wicked Nest," which was just issued in North America yesterday via AFM Records.

Check out "Eternal Black" here:

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Helstar Posts Preview For "This Wicked Nest"

U.S. metal legends Helstar are set to release the band's new album "This Wicked Nest" on April 25th (EU), April 29th (US) via AFM Records. The band posted a new preview clip for the album, which can be heard in the player below.

"This Wicked Nest" is the ninth full length studio album in the band's 33 year history. The band will celebrate its history at the Warriors of Metal Festival in Columbus, Ohio in June (for information, head over to this location). The track list for the new release is:

1. Fall of Dominion (streaming here)
2. Eternal Black
3. This Wicked Nest
4. Souls Cry
5. Isla de las Munecas
6. Cursed
7. It Has Risen
8. Defy the Swarm
9. Magormissabib

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Helstar To Headline Warriors Of Metal Fest VII

The Warriors of Metal, Inc., a non-profit organization, has announced that Texas Power/Speed Metal legends Helstar will headline the Saturday portion of the upcoming Warriors Of Metal Fest VII at O'Sheckys in Columbus, Ohio on June 27th-28th.

Vocalist James Rivera states: "Here I go again; round three for me to appear at Warriors of Metal Festival, at its new location O'Sheckys live in Columbus, Ohio! My first time performing at WOM was when Helstar headlined the fest in 2012 along with Manilla Road at its former grounds in Pataskala, Ohio. The band and I had an awesome experience our first time around, we were treated very well by the organizers Datis & Lea Alaee and their organization and given a warm welcome by the fans. Due to overwhelming popularity in the Midwest U.S. region and with veteran WOM festival goers, I was invited back as the headliner in 2013 to premiere my solo project, James Rivera. Once again, I received unbelievable treatment and to say the least, I'm always overly flattered by the kindness of everybody involved in WOM. Now I'll be returning for the seventh edition of WOM Fest with Helstar headlining on Saturday, June 28th, and there's no better time to have us back. We have a new album coming out on April 29th entitled 'This Wicked Nest,' which will be on the streets for two months by the time we hit the stage at WOM. I feel it's the strongest Helstar record to date and will embrace all Helstar fans, old and new, throughout the decades. We even went as far as writing an instrumental to please the neoclassical metal admirers, which features guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Loomis (Nevermore, Sanctuary, Conquering Dystopia). More...

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Helstar Streaming New Song

Today the first song from the upcoming Helstar album "This Wicked Nest" has been released on the public. Check out "Fall Of Dominion" in the player below. "This Wicked Nest" is due for release on April 25th, 2014 and follow 2010's "Glory of Chaos."

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Helstar Names New Album, Reveals Artwork

U.S. metal veterans Helstar announced that the band's ninth full length studio release will be entitled "This Wicked Nest." The album will be released on April 25th in Europe via AFM Records. The artwork for the album can be seen below.

The album is the first studio album of new material since 2010's "Glory of Chaos." More information is expected shortly.

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70000 Tons Of Metal Posts Final Lineup

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.

The complete lineup is as follows:

3 Inches of Blood
Anaal Nathrakh
Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ektomorf
Ensiferum
ETECC
Evergrey
Fatal Smile
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween
Helstar
Holy Grail
Immolation
In Flames
Inquisition
Kreator
Lacuna Coil
Lizzy Borden
Metal Church More...

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Helstar Recruits Fill-In Bassist Mike LePond

Helstar has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live activity and recruiting Mike LePond as a fill-in bassist:

"It's been a few months since we've issued an update and there are several news items we'd like to share with you HEL-Raisers on what to expect in 2013!

"As many of you know, early in the new year we will set sail from Miami onboard the largest floating heavy metal festival '70,000 Tons of Metal'. We are proud to have been invited and look forward to this awesome opportunity, but why stop there? Since we'll be in the area, we decided to schedule several onshore gigs in Florida as well! Our first stop is the city once described as the 'damnedest town this side of Hell' a.k.a. Tampa, at the legendary Brass Mug on Saturday, January 26th, followed by the Metal Cruise Pre-Party (also featuring FLOTSAM & JETSAM) at Miami's Grand Central on Sunday, January 27th. After we return from the high seas of metal, we're heading southeast of Orlando to the city of Melbourne, where we'll wrap up on Saturday, February 2nd at The County Line Saloon.

"On a more somber note, after several years of enduring a stomach-related illness, our bassist, Jerry Abarca, continues to fight an unrelenting battle to regain his health and will take an extended break from the band for the foreseeable future. We had all hoped that he would have fully recovered by now, but the reality is that he is still very ill. This was made painfully obvious to us on our recent tour of Europe when he had to be hospitalized again and missed the biggest show of the entire run. More...

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Delain And Heidevolk Confirmed For 70K Tons Cruise

Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:

Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ensiferum
Evergrey
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween More...

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Tiamat And Evergrey Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The heavy metal cruise 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this coming January 28th, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL. The organizers of the cruise have now announced both Tiamat and Evergrey as the latest confirmed bands. For more info and to book a cabin, head over to this location.

So far the following 23 out of 40 total acts have been announced:

ANACRUSIS
ANGRA
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
ENSIFERUM
EVERGREY
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
GOTTHARD
HELLOWEEN
HELSTAR
IMMOLATION
IN FLAMES
KREATOR
LACUNA COIL
METAL CHURCH (Reunion Show)
NILE
RAGE and LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
SABATON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TIAMAT
TURISAS
TÝR

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Tyr Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Tyr for the 2013 edition:

"After crossing the North Atlantic 70,000 Tons of Metal stopped at the Faroe Islands to pick up some of their good old friends. Please welcome TÝR on board The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! Now they continue their journey into the Norwegian Sea, course East South-East. And what are their Scouts on the European mainland doing... how far East will they go?

"Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!

"And they also spare no expense to remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you really like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...

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Angra To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Angra:

"Have you prayed enough to get news from the ship? So long that you all became a little bit Angra? Yes! Please welcome Angra, who will play their first show with a new singer on board 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. They're now sailing North along the South American East Coast...

"...when will you hear from them again? Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!"

The following 20 out of 40 bands have already been announced: More...

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Sanctus Bellum Performing Special Show

Houston, Texas doom band Sanctus Bellum, who recently released its album "The Shining Path," has announced a December 22nd gig it will be playing with members of Helstar and Pentagram. The event, The El Birthday Metal Fest II, will take place at Rudyard's British Pub in Houston on December 22nd.

The two sets the band will perform will be the Sanctus set with James Rivera performing underground metal classics, and the Sanctuary set with Bobby Liebling, playing 70's Pentagram songs. Sanctus Bellum will also be performing at Skatestock on October 20th and at Warehouse Live on December 1st opening for Helstar.


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Helloween And More To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands for the event:

"No news from the ship? But news from 70,000 Tons of Metal's scouting party in Germany: They didn't want to wait until Helloween so they went to the country in the South: Switzerland. But there was too much traffic at the Gotthard and they decided to go back to Germany to meet their Kreator! Three more heavy hitters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!

"So are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location. and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!

"And unlike others they also remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...

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Helstar Issues Tour Recap

Helstar has checked in with the following recap of recent 30th anniversary shows and announcement about working on new material:

"Now that the dust has settled, we would like to thank all of our Hel-Raising fans we had the pleasure of playing for during our 30th anniversary tour of Europe. Without you we could not have accomplished the success we have enjoyed throughout the years.

"Thank you for allowing us to do something that many people only dream of doing. We would also like to thank our brothers and sister in The Order of Chaos and Emerald. You guys brought it every night! We will never forget the great times and friendship we have built over the course of the tour. What an honor to have the opportunity to tour with such amazing musicians!

"And now a look forward, we will be doing a few Texas dates to close out the year; Dallas on 10/12/12 at O'Riley's and San Antonio on 10/13/12 at Fitzgerald's Bar & Live Music and Houston TBA. Of course we will be doing the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise to begin 2013.

"More importantly Helstar is in the process of writing a new album. We can promise you one thing. Helstar will write and deliver the best album we can produce within our power. We hope to begin recording in the spring of 2013. Cheers to you all!"

Helstar will also be releasing the "30 Years Of Hel" 2CD + 1DVD set on October 2nd in North America. The package will contain concert footage of the band's 30 year anniversary hometown show at Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas on March 24th, 2012.

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Helstar Posts Live Clip From 30th Anniversary DVD

Helstar posted a clip from the band's upcoming 30th Anniversary DVD entitled "30 Years Of Hel." The clip features the live performance of "Toward The Unknown," a song from the band's legendary 1984 debut album "Burning Star." The DVD features footage from the band's 30th Anniversary hometown show at Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas on March 24th, 2012.

"30 Years of Hel" is available now in Europe and is scheduled for an October 2, 2012 release date in North America through AFM Records. Check out "Toward the Unknown" here:

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Flotsam and Jetsam Confirmed For 70k Tons Of Metal

Flotsam and Jetsam is the latest confirmation for the upcoming 2013 edition of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise.

70000 Tons Of Metal will sail Monday, January 28, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty Of The Seas from Miami, FL to Grand Turk (of the Turks and Caicos Islands), and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, February 1, 2013.

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$299 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service.

The initial confirmations are as follows:

Anacrusis
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Flotsam and Jetsam
Helstar
Immolation
In Flames
Lacuna Coil
Nile
Sabaton
Subway To Sally

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Helstar To Release "30 Years Of Hel"

The ultimate anniversary album for all Helstar fans, "30 Years Of Hel," will be made available as a special 2CD + 1DVD set on August 31st in Europe and October 2nd in North America. The package will contain concert footage of the band's 30-year-anniversary hometown show at Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas on March 24th, 2012.

This is the band's only official live release and includes a unique twenty-song performance featuring material spanning the entire Helstar discography, plus behind the scenes extras, interviews with each band member, photography, and more. Helstar also has an upcoming run of 30th anniversary tour dates starting in late August.

The "30 Years of Hel" track listing is:

DVD
01. Angels Fall To Hell
02. Toward The Unknown
03. Suicidal Nightmare
04. The King Is Dead
05. Burning Star
06. To Sleep Per Chance To Scream
07. The Plague Called Man
08. Evil Reign
09. Monarch Of Bloodshed
10. Winds Of War
11. Good Day To Die
12. Wicked Disposition
13. Pandemonium
14. Bitter End
15. Harker's Tale
16. Angel Of Death
17. Baptized In Blood
18. Alma Negra
19. The King Of Hell
20. Run With The Pack More...

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Dragonforce Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Dragonforce for the 2013 edition:

"After a short visit to the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games, London, they are now sailing under Dragonforce through The Channel. Their Course: West-Southwest.

"Round 3 of 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, went on public sale on Tuesday July 10, 2012 at 12PM noon Eastern Time.

"Imagine starting the year in style: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go once again to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime?

"Make no mistake, this is not one of the cruises where you share the ship with regular cruise guests... and don't get intimidated by copy-cats! Unlike others we remove the seats in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, featuring the biggest Open Air Stage to sail the open seas. Enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, our infamous Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!"

The following 13 out of 40 bands have already been announced:

ANACRUSIS
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
ENSIFERUM
HELSTAR
IMMOLATION
IN FLAMES
LACUNA COIL
NILE
SABATON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TURISAS

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Helstar Finalizes 30th Anniversary Tour Dates

After announcing an upcoming 30th anniversary tour earlier this month, Helstar has now finalized the tour routing and lineup. The band commented:

"This summer Helstar returns to Europe to mark its 30th Anniversary as a band on the '30 Years Of Helstar Metal Tour.' Support acts for the tour are Canadian Power thrashers The Order of Chaos and Switzerland's Emerald. All tour dates are now complete and can be found below.

"The band is also proud to announce that bassist Jerry Abarca will be joining them for the trek! Abarca was diagnosed early last year with a stomach-related illness, which forced him to take a temporary leave of absence from live performances, including the previous Helstar European tour in August/September 2011.

"No doubt this will indeed be a triumphant reappearance for Helstar in Europe with Abarca back in the fold, in addition to a celebration of the 30-year milestone occasion!"

Thu 30 Aug The Rock Temple Kerkrade, Netherlands
Fri 31 Aug Turock Open Air Essen, Germany
Sat 01 Sep Thunder & Lightning Festival Siegburg, Germany
Sun 02 Sep Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium (w/Lillian Axe)
Tue 04 Sep Meisenfrei Bremen, Germany
Wed 05 Sep Exit Club Prague, Czech Republic
Thu 06 Sep Conrad Sohm Dornbirn, Austria
Fri 07 Sep Live Music Hall, Weiher, Germany
Sat 08 Sep De Pit Terneuzen, Netherlands (w/ Tim Ripper Owens)
Sun 09 Sep Rock City Uster, Switzerland
Tue 11 Sep Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
Wed 12 Sep Club 202 Budapest, Hungary (w/ Lillian Axe)
Thu 13 Sep K17 Club Berlin, Germany
Fri 14 Sep The Mekan, Istanbul, Turkey
Sat 15 Sep Rock Hard Festival, Milan, Italy More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise Announces First Bands

The organisers of the highly successful 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise have announced the first ten bands to be confirmed for next years edition of the floating extravaganza. 70000 Tons Of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival will sail Monday, January 28, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty Of The Seas from Miami, FL and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, February 1, 2013.

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$299 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service.

The initial confirmations are as follows:

Anacrusis
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Helstar
Immolation
In Flames
Lacuna Coil
Nile
Sabaton
Subway To Sally

Pre-booking promo codes for those who have attended the past years' cruises will be sent out soon.

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