Label: EMP Label Group
Release Date :26th August 2016
Metal Icons Helstar return with “Vampiro” an Album full of tales about Vampires , Dracula and the many Creatures of the Night. This is not the first time this influential Metal Beast has touched on this subject, wind back to 1989 and the acclaimed album “Nosferatu” which saw the Band hit the heights worldwide and the anticipation could and should be the same for “Vampiro” Helstar have recently signed to Megadeths Dave Elleffsons label EMP this Powerhouse label could be exactly the right tonic to see these Houston Metallers Name back on everyone’s lips again in 2016.
“Awaken The Darkness” Opens with an eerie introduction that builds into a ferocious beastie as the twin guitars ignite and the unmistakable vocals of James Rivera cut through the room like a crystal ball that has smashed it's many shards cut deep and awakens you to the Blackest nights of Hell.
The excellent head banging and brain cell destroying “Bloodlust” explodes into life , firing up some Thrash inspired Metal Insanity to please you , then knock you senseless, its damn heavy and spins you into a full speed Metal Meltdown of gigantic proportions.
“To Dust You Will Become” Gallops like a steed escaping from a tsunami of rabid, bloodthirsty villainous monstrosities.
One of the Highlights for me is the catchy, crowd pleasing “Off with His Head” this is gonna have the crowd singing along and shouting “Off with His Head”!! as Rivera’s deliriously athletic vocals take you through this number you can’t help but be spellbound by the pummelling hell for leather deliverance by these Metal veterans.
Mikey Lewis Drums thunder beating you senseless with their unforgiving force, on “From The Pulpit to The Grave” it's bruising , splitting your skull then slowing down as the guitars chug , executing some delirious riffs courtesy of Larry Barragan and Andrew Attwood, while Garrick Smiths Bass booms and wakes the undead. “To Their Death Beds They Fell” sees the band continue to work their magic as they tear into your Metal soul.
“Malediction” is an instrumental which includes a choral effect from the deepest Abyss of Satan’s locker.
“Repent The Fire” follows and is another one that has to be played live with crowd participation a must, this is another highlight for me on this opus. “Abolish The Sun” has a doomy feel that envelops you , drawing you deep into it's tale as does “Black Cathedral” running just short of eight minutes this epic opens slowly then builds into something captivating and heroic. “Dreamless wraps up this album with a sombre , melancholic feeling that makes you just want to start the whole Album again! Helstar already have a huge fan base and I can see this release drawing in many more fans, and see them slaying the world with their energetic assault on your senses.
Review Written: 23rd August 2016
1.Awaken Into Darkness
3.To Dust You Will Become
4.Off With His Head
5.From The Pulpit To The Pit
6.To Their Death Beds They Fell
8.Repent In Fire
9.Abolish The Sun
Band Line up:
James Rivera - Vocals
Larry Barragan - Guitars
Mikey Lewis - Drums
Garrick Smith - Bass
Andrew Atwood - Guitar