Origin: Houston, TX, USA
Genres: Power Metal, 80's Metal
official site MySpace

Helstar  


Helstar was one of the classic American power metal bands of the eighties. Though superstardom eluded them, their five albums garnered critical praise and they were a fan favorite throughout their career, in addition to being an influence on many a nineties band. The band broke up following the departure of the sole remaining original member, vocalist James Rivera, who went on to front several quality bands in his career.

Throughout the intervening years sporadic reunion gigs would take place, amidst frequent rumors of a full-blooded comeback. As of May 2006, that comeback is apparently on, as the lineup below intends to function once again as a regular band. That lineup released Sins Of The Past, featuring re-recorded tracks from their past alongside two new songs, with a new full-length album set for summer 2008.

Current Members

James Rivera

vocals (Distant Thunder, Destiny's End, Killing Machine, Malice, Seven Witches, Vicious Rumors)

Larry Barragan

guitars

Robert Trevino

guitars

Jerry Abarca

bass

Michael Lewis

drums

Former Members/Guests

Aaron Garza

guitars

Tom Rogers

guitars

Andre Corbin

guitars

D. Michael Heald

guitars

Paul Medina

bass

Hector Pavon

drums

Rene Luna

drums

Frank Ferreira

drums

Russel DeLeon

drums


Discography



Burning Star 
1984 Combat
  1. Burning Star
  2. Towards the Unknown
  3. Witch's Eye
  4. Run with the Pack
  5. Leather and Lust
  6. Possession
  7. Shadows of Iga
  8. Dracula's Castle
  • James Rivera
  • Larry Barragan
  • Tom Rogers
  • Paul Medina
  • Hector Pavon
1984 BNR Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer  Metal Forces 



Remnants Of War 
1986 Combat
  1. Unidos Por Tristeza
  2. Remnants of War
  3. Conquest
  4. Evil Reign
  5. Destroyer
  6. Suicidal Nightmare
  7. Dark Queen
  8. Face the Wicked One
  9. Angel of Death
  • James Rivera
  • Larry Barragan
  • Robert Trevino
  • Jerry Abarca
  • Rene Luna

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



A Distant Thunder 
1988 Metal Blade
  1. The King is Dead
  2. Bitter End
  3. Abandon Ship
  4. Tyrannicide
  5. Scorcher
  6. Genius of Insanity
  7. (The) Whore of Babylon
  8. Winds of War
  9. He's a Woman, She's a Man
  • James Rivera
  • Larry Barragan
  • Andre Corbin
  • Jerry Abarca
  • Frank Ferreira

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Nosferatu 
1989 Metal Blade
  1. Rhapsody in Black
  2. Baptized in Blood
  3. To Sleep, Per Chance to Scream
  4. Harker's Tale
  5. Perseverance & Desperation
  6. The Curse Has Passed Away
  7. Benediciton
  8. Harsh Reality
  9. Swirling Madness
  10. Von Am Lebem Strum
  11. Aieliaria and Everonn
  • James Rivera
  • Larry Barragan
  • Andre Corbin
  • Jerry Abarca
  • Frank Ferreira




Multiples Of Black 
1995 Massacre
  1. No Second Chance
  2. Will It Catch Again
  3. Lost To Be Found
  4. When We Only Bleed
  5. Reality
  6. Good Day To Die
  7. Beyond The Realm Of Death
  8. Save Time
  9. Black Silouette Skies
  10. Last Serenade
  • James Rivera
  • Aaron Garza
  • D. Michael Heald
  • Jerry Abarca
  • Russel DeLeon




Twas The Night Of A Helish X-Mas 
2000 Metal Blade
  1. Swirling Madness
  2. The King Is Dead
  3. Evil Reign
  4. Abandon Ship
  5. Baptized in Blood
  6. To Sleep, Per Chance to Scream
  7. Harker's Tale
  8. The Curse Has Passed Away
  9. Scorcher
  10. Angel of Death
  • James Rivera
  • Larry Barragan
  • Andre Corbin
  • Jerry Abarca
  • Frank Ferreira




Burning Alive 
2006 Perris

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 



Sins Of The Past 
2007 AFM
  1. Burning Star
  2. Suicidal Nightmare
  3. The King Is Dead
  4. Evil Reign
  5. Baptized In Blood
  6. WItch's Eye
  7. Tyrannicide
  8. Harker's Tale
  9. Angel Of Death
  10. Dracula's Castle
  11. Face The Wicked One
  12. Tormentor
  13. Caress Of The Dead
  • James Rivera
  • Larry Barragan
  • Robert Trevino
  • Jerry Abarca
  • Russel DeLeon

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



The King Of Hell 
2008 AFM
  1. The King of Hell
  2. The Plague Called Man
  3. Tormentor
  4. When Empires Fall
  5. Wicked Disposition
  6. Caress of the Dead
  7. Pain Will Be Thy Name
  8. In My Darkness
  9. The Garden of Temptation
  • James Rivera
  • Larry Barragan
  • Robert Trevino
  • Jerry Abarca
  • Russel DeLeon

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Rising From The Grave  BOXED SET
2010 Metal Blade
  1. CD A Distant Thunder
  2. CD Nosferatu
  3. CD Twas the Night of a Helish X-Mas

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 



Glory Of Chaos 
2010 AFM
  1. Angels Fall To Hell
  2. Pandemonium
  3. Monarch Of Bloodshed
  4. Bone Crusher
  5. Summer Of Hate
  6. Dethtrap
  7. Anger
  8. Trinity Of Heresy
  9. Alma Negra
  10. Zero One
  • James Rivera
  • Larry Barragan
  • Robert Trevino
  • Jerry Abarca
  • Michael Lewis

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground 



30 Years Of Hel 
2012 AFM




This Wicked Nest 
2014 AFM
  1. Fall of Dominion
  2. Eternal Black
  3. This Wicked Nest
  4. Souls Cry
  5. Isla de las Muņecas
  6. Cursed
  7. It Has Risen
  8. Defy the Swarm
  9. Magormissabib


home
bands
labels
genres
releases
updates

top tens
tournaments

history
faq
about bnr


Follow us on Facebook!