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The King Of Hell / Sins Of The Past (2CD) Limited Edition, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (10 Jun. 2008)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: AFM Records
  • ASIN: B001F4VNFG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I'm so old I remember Helstar the first time out. At the time, many thought they would be one of the breakout bands of mid-eighties metal but, despite albums like "Burning Star" and "Remnants Of War", it just wan't to be.

They faded away ingloriously along with the eighties and despite a half-hearted nineties attempted comeback, it seemed they were destined to be mere footnotes in metal history. But the 21st century saw the band reconvene for live shows and a re-recorded best of, "Sins Of The Past". So far, so nostalgia.

But here they are with a brand new studio album, and what do you know. It rocks like a complete and utter bandit! Arch screamer James Rivera can still hit notes to send small animals scurrying for cover, and the riffs doled out by Larry Barragan and Rob Trevino are furious and fast as a platoon of sharks. Their thrash / power metal crossover sounds better than ever, thanks to a fulsome production.

Songs like 'Pain' are crushing in their intensity, and even the power ballad 'In My Darkness' surges along in devastating fashion. An unlikely comeback, but a winning one.
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With the thrash metal resurgence that has gripped the world over the last few years, many of the old luminaries like Testament, Death Angel, Lääz Rocket and Exodus have returned and recorded some of their most excellent work to date. The latest band to re-surface are seminal speed thrashers Helstar, who have been musically inactive for close to 15 years now, but in 2009 have released their latest and strongest opus, `The King of Hell'. Unfortunately, Helstar were a band never destined for the bright lights and big time, despite having a loyal fan following during their heyday by spending much of the 1980's/90's skirting around the outskirts of the American thrash movement that denied them the exposure they rightly deserved.

Well hopefully the cards have turned in their favour with this new release, with old fans getting a new album to get eager about, whilst new fans that missed them the first time round will have the opportunity to embrace the magical essence of Helstar's music. After their break-up a decade and half previously, most of the band became involved with other less known bands. Most notably was vocalist James Rivera contribution, as he garnering a steady reputation for himself by adding his vocal talent to other bands, like Jack Frost's Seven Witches among many. Besides this, he also formed the mighty Destiny's End who sadly had a promising future, albeit short lived and subsequently became another casualty of the music business.

With Destiny's End untimely demise, they produced two superb albums, `Breathe deep the Dark' and `Transition'.
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This review is about the packaging and NOT about the music. There is nothing special about this release even though its listed as limited edition. All it is, is the two cds in their individual cases, as in the normal releases, just wrapped in one plastic. No special packaging, its just two individual releases for the price of one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the South Metal Attack 5 Nov. 2008
By Dons Word - Published on Amazon.com
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Good CD. Nowhere near as intricate as 'Nosferatu' but the CD packs a hel of a heavy punch. The sound is pretty raw, Rivera sounds very good and at times piercing, the drum lays a nice underbelly for the heavy guitar attack with more double bass driving tracks than on previous releases.
I will say it isn't perfect, but I dig it. Glad they are back and some of the shredding guitar work is excellent. It is more heavy than it is progressive, but it has its progressive moments. It is not a disappointment whatsoever for the later Helstar fans. Sounds like 'Remnants of War' more than it does 'Nosferatu', Ill put it that way. Which is just as well because I consider 'Remnants' their best.. Enjoy it, god only knows when we will see another Helstar Disc.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a triumphant return 11 Feb. 2009
By D. SCHROEDER - Published on Amazon.com
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WOW!!!! After all these years the metal gods from texas have returned, and can still produce top notch heavy metal as if they had never been apart. Helstar are as superb today as they were back when they started over 25 years ago... still writting imaginative lyrics, fast, heavy, brutal music that draws you in and makes you come back for more. If you enjoyed Nosferatu, A Distant Thunder, Remnants Of War, or Burning Star, than The King Of Hell is a must have. If you enjoy great heavy metal, than The King Of hell is a must have. Rivera still has what it takes to make your ears bleed and deliver the goods, as he's proven in all the other bands he's fronted since Helstar folded. Returning members Larry Barragan on guitar, and Jerry Abarca on bass prove they can still melt your brain and make your head explode. Helstar: the progressive speed thrash metal masters... WELCOME BACK!!!

The first edtions of the US cd have bonus tracks listed on the tray art; however, they are not on the actual cd itself. It seems the company used the same tray art for the US release as they did for the European edition which actually does have the bonus tracks on the disc.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised 9 May 2009
By Thomas C. Weghorst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I picked this cd up with mixed feelings after listening to the samples, when i first listened to it i was unsure of the order, but on the second listen with my ear phones i was amazed at how fast and heavy this album was, the voice range rivals Halford (not nearly as amazing). Intense!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Album 1 July 2009
By FelixtheMetalcat - Published on Amazon.com
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Not being completely familiar with Helstar back in the 80's, I am aware of James Rivera & his godly vocals. On this album he has his usual great range. The album is lyrically very well written. Just check out Wicked Disposition as an example.
As for the music, it completely hammers from beginning to end. The first 3 songs come right out of the gate just like a buzzsaw. Fast,catchy, with great guitar solos. There is a bit of sameness in the riffing at times, but tunes like The Plague Called Man,Tormentor, Wicked Dispostion, & In My Darkness (the only slower song) are all fine grade A, classically sounding metal tunes.
Although released in Europe in 2008, it wasnt available in US until January 2009, so this surely sits in my top 10 for the year end.
This album will stand the test of time for years to come, great job!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars \m/ The Kings \m/ 23 Mar. 2014
By Deimos - Published on Amazon.com
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Intense powerful vocals, amazing riffs, skull splitting drums and awesome lyrics with menacing cover art, this is the way thrash was ment to be heard. This is truly a perfectly album and Helstar seem to be getting better with each release. Again as with Glory Of Chaos I can listen to this from beginning to end and not want to skip over any song, you would sware this cam straight out of the 80's thrash scene. Hail to to god's of metal Helstar \m/\m/
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