is well known by 80's metal fans as one of the prototypical
bands of that decade, one of the bands that defined American
metal for the era and one that has been quite influential on
any number of bands since their reign.
Though there have been frequent reunion gigs in recent times
(and, as of this writing, the band is indeed back in action),
but there were times where the band was dormant.
So, vocalist/founder James Rivera,
desiring to make music,
decided to do the next best
thing to reforming Helstar,
that being forming a new band to carry on the Helstar
Thus was born Distant Thunder (named, of course, for the
1988 Helstar album), perhaps as much a Rivera solo project as
a real band, but nonetheless an outlet for Rivera to continue
the Helstar legacy.
The music is solid 80's-inspired American metal, with Rivera
as always in top form -- his is a classic metal voice, able
to hit Halford-style high notes but always under control and
he keeps those high notes to a minimum, unlike others who
tend to overdo the wailing 80's vocal style.
Welcome The End
is a top choice for 80's metal purists.
vocals (ex-Destiny's End, Helstar, Killing Machine, Malice, ex-Seven Witches, ex-Vicious Rumors)
guitars (ex-Destiny's End, ex-Leatherwolf)
bass (ex-Cauldron Born, Death Dealer, ex-Eternity's End, Ross The Boss, ex-Seven Witches, ex-Sleepy Hollow, Symphony X, ex-Them)
Welcome The End
- The Day Upon You
- I Welcome The End
- Souless Inventions
- Hopeless Creator
- Fire In The Skies
- Distant Thunder
- Beyond The Black Field Of Stars
- Lost In Time
- Finding My Way
- Run With The Pack
- Restless And Wild