"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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 Announces European Tour

American heavy metal act Helstar has revealed the dates for its forthcoming European tour in support of its latest album "Glory Of Chaos."

Dec. 10 - The Rock Temple - Kerkrade, Netherlands
Dec. 11 - Metal City Festival - Lünen, Germany
Dec. 12 - Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany
Dec. 13 - Gala Hala - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dec. 14 - Viper Room - Vienna, Austria (with BLAZE BAYLEY)
Dec. 15 - Rock City - Uster, Switzerland
Dec. 16 - Eiche - Crailsheim, Germany
Dec. 17 - Eindhoven Metal Meeting Festival - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Dec. 18 - Little Devil - Tilburg, Netherlands

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Mob Rules To Appear On "All For Metal II" Set

Mob Rules has issued the following statement about their video clip for the song "Astral Hand" appearing on an upcoming compilation CD/DVD set:

"Our brand new video clip 'Astral Hand' will be featured on the 'ALL FOR METAL II' compilation, to be released on October 9th (also the release date of our 'Astral Hand' EP). 'All For Metal II' is a DVD+CD compilation which will be sold for a special low price (suggested retail price is 9,99 euro)."

The track listing for "All For Metal II" will be as follows: More...

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The Exalted Piledriver Confirmed For Headbangers

The Exalted Piledriver has issued the following statement about playing at the 2009 Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany:

"It gives us great pleasure in our pants to announce that we will be returning to Europe next summer with our "UNSUCK THE CONTINENT TOUR" in support of our new album "METAL MANIFESTO". We have our first confirmed festival date: HEADBANGER'S OPEN AIR!!!

"There are many awesome bands on this bill including our metal-bro's RAZOR, the ever- powerful ENFORCER, the stunning JACOBS DREAM horde, the freakin' RODS!, the influential Tankard, the pounding Manilla Road, and classics Helstar and Angel Witch amongst other incredible bands. . . and it is our esteemed honour to share the stage with all of 'em!

"We'll keep you posted when we discover which day and time we'll be on at HOA, and continuing updates as we receive more date confirmations to post for our 'UnSuck The Continent' EuroTour '09."

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Helstar's "The King of Hell" Contains Misprint

Texas metal band Helstar brought up an important detail concerning a misprint on the booklets of their new album:

"It has come to our attention that the Locomotive Records North American release for the new album, 'The King of Hell,' contains a misprint. The CD booklets and back track listing include the following Bonus Tracks: 10. White Witch, 11. Tormentor (Sins of the Past version), 12. Caress of the Dead (Sins of the Past version). These songs are not on the Locomotive Records CD itself. Only the AFM Records European release was packaged with the three bonus tracks.

"Helstar apologizes to its fans for the mistake, although the error was on behalf of Locomotive Records and beyond the band's control.

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Helstar Signs Onto Intromental Management

Texas power metal band Helstar has just announced that they've been signed on to Intromental Management. "The first step in our cooperation will be the booking of a European tour for Helstar to take place in May 2009. More than half of the shows have now been confirmed and we will soon announce the dates."

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Helstar Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Houston metallers, Helstar, issue 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" and if you're reading this you've already seen the cover! 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. The track listing for the new CD is:

1. The King of Hell
2. The Plague Called Man
3. Tormentor
4. When Empires Fall
5. Wicked Disposition
6. Caress of the Dead
7. Pain Will Be Thy Name
8. In My Darkness
9. The Garden of Temptation"

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Hellstock 2008 Details Announced

This year's HELLSTOCK is to take place at State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday August 9th.

The show features the first time ever appearance in Florida by the legendary HELSTAR, which features vocalist James Rivera of Flotsam and Jetsam/Seven Witches/Vicious Rumors fame. Also on the bill are Dark Balance Records' goth metal band Menna Brinno, Tampa metal act My Evil Side, and Queensryche tribute band Jet City. Another band is soon to be announced.

Tickets cost $13 in advance, $15 day of the show.

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Forbidden and Sebastian Bach Drop off TMT Festival

Upstate New York's TMT festival has been temporarily postponed. The organizors have issued the following update:

"Due to an unagreeable situation that has arisen with the venue, we are forced to postpone - TEMPORARILY this event. We are currently spending every waking moment searching for a replacement venue that will satisfy both our needs and please all of the bands and fans. The lack of basic cooperation on the part of the venue is what has prompted this decision. We tried in vain to make every effort necessary, but in the end - they failed us."

"There will be two lineup changes - Forbidden had a problem between management and booking, they decided to play another gig that weekend. Metal Mike contacted us when Sebastian Bach decided to go on tour, this tour conflicted with the concert date. We wish both bands good luck in their endeavors."

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Merciless Death Announce New Album Release Date

MERCILESS DEATH annihilated the unsuspecting masses in early 2007 with their scorching debut "Evil in the Night". Eager to keep fans banging their heads, thrash metal purveyors MERCILESS DEATH have set a release date for their highly anticipated sophomore effort entitled "Realm of Terror", which will be unleashed on May 20. Gracing the cover of "Realm of Terror" will be artwork be legendary metal artist Andreas Marschall, whose talents have been displayed on classic albums by such bands as SODOM, KING DIAMOND, DESTRUCTION and OBITUARY. And once again Heavy Artillery Records will be pulling out all the stops with limited edition vinyl featuring a full color gatefold jacket, inner sleeve, deluxe 24” x 24” poster and limited colored vinyl.

MERCILESS DEATH will land on European soil for the first time with an exclusive appearance at the upcoming Keep It True X festival on April 4. This historic event marks the tenth installment of the legendary festival and is celebrated with exclusive early material sets by JAG PANZER, MANILLA ROAD, HELSTAR, OMEN, TITAN FORCE, and ATTACKER, amongst others.

For more information, visit their MySpace page.

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Helstar Vocalist Checks In

Vocalist James Rivera (HELSTAR, SEVEN WITCHES, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, VICIOUS RUMORS) has posted this message on his MySpace page:

"I hardly write blogs, but felt compelled to do so, since I have never smiled so much in my life. The guys (my band mates) have even noticed it in pictures. The momentum of HELSTAR is probably at its peak right now and rising!

We just got back from doing the Play It Loud Festival in Italy, which was an awesome show!! The fans were in a complete frenzy! Great venue, all of the bands were exceptional, and the hospitality was unbelievable without a doubt. Guiliano, the promoter, has the right idea and will go long way with this festival.

Before that we did a run through Austin, TX, and Juarez, Mexico, which were our first shows of the year. Again, what can I say? Austin gave us a very warm welcome after so many years. Took us back to the old days! Room 710 was very nicely packed, which made me feel really good since their staff are extremely nice and easy to work with, thus we got to pay them back with a good show! All I can say is it's all in the HELSTAR name baby!!!

K.P. productions brought us to Juarez for the home run! It was HELSTAR's first performance there and what a surprise to see such die hard fans. Some said they have waited for 20 years to see us and asked why it took so long? Our answer is that we never encountered the right promoter. And when I say the right promoter, I mean the most professional, thorough guy I have ever met. His business tactics will make him king promoter for the Juarez Metal market. Thank you Kenneth!!!!

As I move forward, I'm looking forward to my tribute show with SABBATH JUDAS SABBATH this Saturday, March 1 at the Concert Pub, followed by a HELSTAR performance in Houston at FBI Rock Club on March 29, and three more festivals HELSTAR is scheduled to play so far this year: Keep It True - Germany, Rock Hard Festival - Germany, and Total Metal Television (TMT) Metalfest - New York.

I just wanted to share my inner feelings at this moment. Now that several of the shows have passed and I'm feeling normal again after the tiresome traveling, I opened my eyes to see how blessed I am to be back home where I've always belonged. In the driver's seat of a war machine called HELSTAR!"

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Forbidden To Play At New York's TMT Metal Festival

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers FORBIDDEN have been added to the TMT Metal Festival, set to take place July 18-20 at the Skyview Drag Strip in Tioga Center, upstate New York. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

DEATHRIDERS (feat. Neil Turbin)

FORBIDDEN has already announced several West Coast dates and European festival appearances. Russ Anderson (vocals), Craig Locicero (guitar), Matt Camacho (bass) and Glen Alvelais (guitar), along with special guest drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL) will bring something that so many of their peers, old-school fans and especially the younger generation of fans that never got to see FORBIDDEN live have been asking for: a FORBIDDEN reunion!

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Amorphis Confirmed For Rock Hard Festival

AMORPHIS and THE CLAYMORE are the latest acts confirmed for next year's Rock Hard Festival which will take place May 9th - 11th, 2008 at the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.


More bands will be announced soon.

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Exodus Confirmed For Burning Star Metal Fest

EXODUS, HELSTAR and VICIOUS RUMORS are among the confirmed bands for the Burning Star Metal Fest 2007, set to take place August 4-5 at The Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, California. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Saturday, August 4 (show starts at 2:00 p.m.)


Sunday, August 5 (show starts at 1:00 p.m.)


These shows are open to all ages through 10:00 p.m., which includes all bands but PATHS OF POSSESSION, DARK FAITH, and RISE TO MOURN.

Tickets are available pre-sale at www.thejumpingturtle.com for $20 ($25 day of show). A ticket to one of the days gets you in the other day for only $15.

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Krucible Seeks Drummer

American Power/Melodic/Metal band Krucible is seeking a killer drummer. Those interested should leave a message at the
Krucible myspace

Krucible features:

LANCE KING (Balance of Power, Pyramaze) on vocals
ERIC HALPERN (Leatherwolf, Helstar) on guitar
SHANE DuBOSE (promoter of showcase night at ProgPower USA) on bass guitar
DON LaFON (Six Minute Century) on guitar
ADAM RAWLINGS (Victim, Mindcrime) on keyboards

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Helstar Debuts New Song, New CD In The Works

The reunited "Remnants of War"-era lineup of HELSTAR shared the stage with TESTAMENT Tuesday, March 27, at the Scout Bar in Houston, Texas.

Commented HELSTAR bassist Jerry Abarca: "This show was GREAT!!! Sold out... You had to walk on top of people just to get anywhere. If you missed it, maybe next time. HELSTAR made an official announcement last night. HELSTAR will be recording a new album. This year!!! And will be shopping for a great label. We did play a new one for the crowd and it was a frenzy of madness. To be all honest it was it was a madhouse and of course I had to come to work today. I was well worth it. Thanks for everyone's time and we hope to see you in the near future..."

HELSTAR's current lineup includes Abarca, guitarists Larry Barragan and Rob Trevino, vocalist James Rivera (also in VICIOUS RUMORS, KILLING MACHINE), and drummer Russell DeLeon.

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Helstar Reunion Audio Posted Online

Nine songs from the first reunion show of the "Remnants of War" lineup of HELSTAR have been posted exclusively at TexasMetalUnderground.com for streaming or download. The soundboard-quality recordings were made during the 4th annual Robb's MetalWorks Showcase, which took place at the White Rabbit in San Antonio on June 10, 2006. The site also features exclusive live photos. Songs available include for download and/or streaming include:

01. Evil Reign
02. Destroyer
03. Suicidal Nightmare
04. Dark Queen
05. Face The Wicked One
06. Angel Of Death / Burning Star
07. Witches Eye
08. The King Is Dead
09. Baptized In Blood More...

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Vicious Rumors All-Star Lineup For CD and Tour

Vicious Rumors, are in the studio recording their 9th studio album scheduled for release in May 06. Laying down the tracks on this release will be an all-star, veteran lineup: Geoff Thorpe (guitars), Brad Gillis (guitars), James Rivera (vocals), Dave Starr (bass) and Larry Howe (drums).

Brad Gillis (Ozzy, Night Ranger) returns to metal with Vicious Rumors for their new cd and tour. Brad entered the metal scene in 1982, stepping up to replace the late, great, Randy Rhoades on Ozzy’s “Diary of a Madman” tour. Brad left Ozzy following his electrifying performance on “Speak of the Devil – Live” and went on to multi-platinum success with Night Ranger. There is no doubt that Brad’s guitar work is sure to be a formidable addition to the VR guitar assault.

James Rivera (Helstar, Flotsam & Jetsam, Seven Witches) brings a true metal spirit to Vicious Rumors. With his powerful and dynamic voice, James has recorded and toured with many legendary metal outfits and now finds a new home in VR for their 2006 release and tour.

Dave Starr, VR’s original bass player, has rejoined the band. Dave performed on VR’s earliest releases including, “Soldiers of the Night”, “Vicious Rumors” self-titled album, “Welcome to the Ball” and “Plug in and Hang On – Live”. With Dave’s return, the band is now 3 original members strong reforming the very nucleus that originated VR’s classic style and sound.

“This is truly a very exciting time for VR. The chemistry between the five of us is very wicked!” says band founder, Geoff Thorpe.

Vicious Rumors is planning a worldwide tour in support of their new CD following its release this spring.

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"Monsters of Metal" Show Details Revealed

The first annual "Monsters of Metal" show hits Salt Lake City, Utah. The show is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th at "Club Vegas" in Salt Lake City for this one time appearance by Helstar, Agent Steel, Katagory V and Avenger of Blood. Ronny Munroe, lead singer of Metal Church, will be making a special appearance as the emcee and will be hosting this special metal show. "Salt Lake City has a big following of Metal music and is a perfect place to put this show and that's why we are bringing this here," states Jeff Baker of Loud Production Co. of Las Vegas, Nevada who is putting this show on along with Salt Lake City promoters Mr. Toast/Triamid Productions. Legendary frontman James Rivera of Houston, Texas band Helstar is excited by this show because Salt Lake City has always treated him well and has a loyal following of fans there. We are also hoping to get people from all over to come to this event. You can view the poster/flyer at metalchurch.com.

Tickets are $18 in advance and are available at 24tix.com, SmithsTIX.com, The Heavy Metal Shop, Tease and Keys and at Club Vegas. Visit www.Utahmetal.com and www.clubvegas.org for more information and soon to be launched loudproductionco.net. For traveling information and hotel accommodations visit, visitsaltlake.com.

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Helstar, Cage To Perform In San Diego

Reunited '80s classic heavy metal legends Helstar, featuring vocalist James Rivera (Destiny's End, Flotsam And Jetsam, Seven Witches, Distant Thunder), will be playing in San Diego, California on Friday, January 14, 2005 at the Brick By Brick club. Also appearing on the bill will be special guests Cage, Broken Foundation (featuring ex-Psychotic Waltz drummer Norm Leggio) and Wither.

Brick by Brick is located at 1130 Buenos Aires Avenue in San Diego, California. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.00.

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