Helker – “Somewhere In The Circle”

Helker – “Somewhere In The Circle” (AFM Records)

South American metal bands are fairly common place these days, especially those from Brazil – but I gotta admit Argentina is a somewhat overlooked country, not sure why as spawning champion footballers and race car drivers you’d think adrenaline fueled music would be their thang – well, get ready for Helker! Formed in 1998, they are already well known in the region having toured with Gamma Ray and Hammerfall with this being their 4th release. Musically it’s a mixture of Dio in Diego Valdez’s rich, soulful vocals and 90s Priest with heavy crunching riffs, twin guitar solos and a piston rhythm on songs like ‘No Chance To Be Reborn’, ‘Still Alive’ and ‘Modern Roman Circus’, all eleven of which were co written with Mat Sinner who also produced the album! With Tim ”Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest) and Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) both guesting as vocalists alongside Valdez, who in turn has guested on the latest Tarja release, Helker look well placed to now take their lofty ambitions into the international arena!

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