Houston, Texas-based HELSTAR have always been on the lips of die hard
metalheads. Anyone who remembers the band’s start in the early ’80s has
always referred to them as one of the best metal bands of that era.
All the powerful
HELSTAR trademarks are present on Glory of Chaos, based around
Rivera’s distinct high-pitched vocals and the fierce, chunky riffing
style of Larry Barragan and Rob Trevino. Melody and harmony are interlaced with
aggression on all 10 tracks.
Compared with 2008’s King of Hell’s robust mix, Glory of Chaos’
full bass sound and great guitar tone takes it to another level as
HELSTAR continue being themselves - die-hard metalheads and a dedicated
metal band. They take their ’80s metal influences and meld them together
with power and thrash metal chords that give HELSTAR’s technical speed
metal a distinct sound.
whole album doesn’t let up for a second. The heavy riff, melody and
vocal delivery of “Summer of Hate” will have you headbanging furiously.
There are some tempo changes and variation, most notably the melodic
interlude in “Trinity of Heresy,” but mostly it’s a pummeling speed
metal fest of songs that will keep you fist pumping through the whole
disc. “Pandemonium” has a heavy thrash driven riff and fast double bass
drumming that really pummels the listener. Rivera’s distinctive
falsettos gloriously marching together with a raspy growl, and at times
sounding almost Halford-like, as on “Bone Crusher.”
HELSTAR’s Glory of Chaos is a great slab of thrash/speed metal
that brings back great memories of when heavy/speed/thrash metal first
started in the early ’80s. If this doesn’t grab you, then I don’t know