Power of Metal.dk Review

This Wicked Nest
Style: U.S. Power Metal
Release date: 25 April, 2014
Playing time: 51:28

Helstar, the band with James Rivera and Larry Barragan releases their eighth album. The band started in 1982 and their debut album 'Burning Star' is still one I can listen to without getting bored. At the end of the nineties the band had a silent period of about 11 years to return in the metalscene with 'The King of Hell'. Since their return this is their third album in a row. On their 2010 album 'Glory of Chaos' the band showed their heaviest stuff leaning towards thrash. I was very curious about the music on this new album.

I have to conclude that it is a little less thrashier than on the predecessor, but still a very very heavy album. You can say that it is a kind of mix of their 2008 album 'The King of Hell' and their 2010 record 'Glory of Chaos', the melody of their earlier albums with the thrash approach, or should I just call it speed metal. James' typical voice: screams, shouts and sings everything together, still sounding like the ADHD version of Halford. I like his vocals, but sometimes he exaggerates a bit and then he misses a bend.

The tempo of the songs is high most of the time, the only big exception is "Cursed", a slower track with big doom influences. With "Isla de las Munecas' there is an instrumental track in which they show that the band consists of excellent musicians. Like on the other songs, the guitar duo Larry and Rob Trevino shows that they are real riff masters. In "Defy the Swarm" James uses an aggressive singing style, which isn't really my cup of tea. The strongest track with the strange title "Magormissabib" refers to the bible and means something like 'fear on every side' (long live wikipedia). Together with the instrumental and "Souls Cry" it is one of my favorite tracks because both songs remind me the most of their eigthies period.

All in all Helstar shows that their combination of melodic U.S. power metal with some thrashy stuff still works, at least for me. Oh and before I forget to mention something about the hard pounding excellent drums, here it is.

01. Fall of Dominion
Eternal Black
This Wicked Nest
Souls Cry
Isla de Las Munecas
It Has Risen
Defy the Swarm
09. Magormissabib
Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 25 April, 2014
Website: www.helstarmetal.com