HELSTAR – Vampiro

HELSTAR - Vampiro
  • 7.5/10
    HELSTAR - Vampiro - 7.5/10


eOne / SPV
Release date: August 22, 2016

User Review
8/10 (1 vote)

Armed with a new label and Metal mixing veteran Bill Metoyer, Helstar’s new release Vampiro is an ear-pleasing mixture of old school headbanging and modern, face-melting production.

With a line-up consisting of mostly long time members, notably vocalist James Rivera and guitarist Larry Barragan, Helstar know exactly what their fans want and precisely how to deliver their trademark sound. With fitting, albeit expected lyrical themes of vampires, witches, werewolves and evil priests, Vampiro delivers a solid chunk of Thrash Metal meets Power Metal that long time fans will enjoy, while still being accessible enough to attract the younger generation of Thrash addicts. Helstar have stayed true to their sound and message over the years and have resisted the urge to follow in the footsteps of more commercial groups by watering down their metalhead attitude.

Highlights include the album opener, “Awaken Into Darkness”,  “To Their Death Beds They Fell” and “Repent In Fire”.


  • Maxxxwell Carlisle

    Maxxxwell was a reviewer and the host of The Maxed Out Metal Hour here on Metal Express Radio. He is the current lead guitarist for LA based metal veterans Hellion. In addition to his ongoing role in Hellion, he has also released 5 albums as a solo artist and appeared as a guest writer and soloist on Michael Angelo Batio's Intermezzo album, named one of the Top 5 shred albums of 2014 by Guitar World Magazine. He continues to collaborate with various Metal musicians and teaches guitar technique and Metal composition via Skype. Additionally, he is a former competitive bodybuilder and enjoys a lifestyle based around health, fitness and Metal.

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