Helstar – “30 Years Of Hell”

Helstar – “30 Years Of Hell” DVD / 2CD (AFM Records)

Well, as you can guess from the title, its 3 decades since the formation of Texan 80s power metal band. And what a better way to celebrate it than with a big concert in your hometown of Houston? This mighty 20 tracker captures material right from Helstar’s beginning with their very first song ‘Burning Star’ thru to ‘Baptized in Blood’ (from “Nosferatu”) right up until their latest stuff like ‘The King Of The Dead’. Still fronted by James Rivera (Vicious Rumors, Seven Witches and Destiny´s End) who clearly has lost none of his charisma, not to mention his incredibly powerful voice, there are times when the sound is slightly distorted as the live mix can’t cope lol, so this is a both a true live album and also true to their legacy as an underground band, having being one of the original bands signed to Combat Records, also the home of Megadeth and Exodus. Whilst Helstar never made it as big as their peers, they have still made their mark and without compromising their style in favour of commercialism – “30 Years Of Hell” is a true testament to that achievement!

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