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Helstar

Helstar was one of America's better kept heavy metal secrets throughout the 1980s, composing a string of consummate LPs that earned the band many critical accolades, but failed to sell in large quantities. Most likely, the band's constant dealings with unreliable independent labels, combined with incessant personnel turnover, were the chief deterrents. Formed in Houston, Texas, in 1982 by vocalist James Rivera and guitarist Larry Barragan (the only guaranteed mainstays over the years), Helstar was soon making waves in underground tape-trading networks with their very first demo and, by 1984, released their debut album, Burning Star, for Combat Records. Produced by Rods drummer Carl Canedy (also responsible for Anthrax's first platter), the disc contained high-end classic metal and featured second guitarist Tom Rogers, bassist Paul Medina, and drummer Hector Pavon -- all of whom would be jettisoned by the time of 1986's Remnants of War follow-up and replaced by Robert Trevino, Jerry Abarca, and Rene Luna, respectively. But that album, too, failed to bolster the band's popularity, and feeling increasingly out of place amid Combat's thrash-dominated roster, Helstar relocated to Los Angeles and signed with Metal Blade for their next two efforts, 1988's A Distant Thunder and 1989's Nosferatu. Both of these featured new guitarist Andre Corbin and drummer Frank Ferreira and saw Helstar gathering more fans while touring both America and Europe with the likes of Tankard and Yngwie Malmsteen. This was not enough to keep their motivational fires burning, though, and a subsequent return to Houston soon led to a long period of inactivity, interrupted by intermittent reunions like 1995's distinctly Barragan-less Multiples of Black and a 1989 live recording released in the year 2000 as T'was the Night of a Helish Xmas. The group became officially active again in 2007, releasing Sins of the Past, a collection of 11 revamped classics and two new songs, via AFM Records. It was followed in 2008 by King of Hell, an all-new collection of original material. In 2014, the band issued their ninth studio long-player, This Wicked Nest, which would be their last outing for AFM Records. 2016's Vampiro saw Helstar moving to Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's EMP Label Group. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 30 Years Of Hel

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Track List: Sins Of The Past

1. Burning Star

2. Suicidal Nightmare

3. The King Is Dead

4. Evil Reign

5. Rhapsody In Black / Baptized In Blood

6. Witcha*S Eye

7. Tyrannicide

8. Hackera*S Tale (Mass Of Death)

9. Angel Of Deathe

10. Draculaa*S Castle

11. Face The Wicked One

12. Tormentor (New Song)

13. Caress Of Dead (New Song)

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The baddest band to come out of Houston!
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I played burning star at my highschool talent show in 84 helstar will forever be part my life glad to here them again should've downloaded Pandora sooner-sikvi k
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Oh forgot to mentioned Helstar is still rock in !!!! Not like other pretty 80s bands Lol
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This guys should of been up there with Metallica megadeaths anthrax A Huevo Vato !!!!!!!
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I'm glad they were a secret. Wish they still were so Pandora didn't put this garbage on my station
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They should be included in the whole, "the big (enter number here)" debate.
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best metal band ever
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Awesome group
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Helstar rocks s side san anto !!
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Grew up listening to and admiring all of their work. Hanging with the band after several shows, i learned that they were the most grounded and down to earth musicians in the industry. One can only identify with their struggles and mishaps as they should have gained by now enough prestige to be an internationa l headline act!
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rob_marrs
I worked with James and Helstar for 3 years ... it was a cool ride but glad its over
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Best heavy metal I have heard grew up in the same city and neighborhood as James the vocalist N.S htx.
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I bought Burning Star in hellish College Station, TX when it first came out, '84. I'll Never go back to TX, but I got Helstar out of it. I love them.
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I have the first two albums on vinyl. Classic stuff!
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im glad i grew up in the same city as these guys, not only that my dad grew up with these guys and even jammed with em!
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james90364
What would make Pandora rad is if they put in two of the greatest speed metal albums ever in- Nosferatu and A Distant Thunder.
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Never heard of them, but they rock. This is what makes Pandora cool.

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