One of my absolute favourite albums is the third album of the Texas Gods of HELSTAR. An album which has everything to go as a perfect album into the Metal history. One little disfigurement to mention is surely the laughable coverartwork, but who cares... It counts the music and the music is absolutely powerful.
Introduced is the album with the jaunty and hymnal "The King Is Dead", a song whose chorus even will hunt you in your dreams. This is also a song, which should be played at funerals! "Bitter End" follows, a power rocksong with an ingenious chorus. "Abandoned Ship" is more rhythmical and slower in its tempo but still heavy as fuck. James Rivera can gleam again with his God-like voice. "Tyrannicide" is more progressive but always plausible. "Scorcher" is hymnal again with ingenious hooks and another killing chorus: "He's The Scorcher in the Night...", I'm often trolling that one, "Genious Of Insanity" is an anti-Hitler song in a Metal sort. Also very complex, that tune!
With the wonderful intro "The Whore Of Babylon", it's introduced the absolute highlight of the album, "Winds Of War", an insane great epic semi-ballad in the tradition of FATES WARNING in their "Awaken The Guardian" period. Whose, who describe themselves as Epic Metal fans and don't know this monumental work, shall be punished with 10 years of permanent HAMMERFALL and SKYLARK.
So, that the record is offered with a Nice Price, it would be a shame if you don't buy it. I would be contented if I have waken the curiosity of someone. HELSTAR are a special band and they will always be. Of course, I can also recommend their records "Burning Star", "Remnants Of War" and "Nosferatu", except "Multiples Of Black", which has a very bad sound. If you have some interest for that record, you rather should buy "The James Rivera Legacy", which was released last year by Iron Glory Records. There you can find the whole "Multiples..." material with a fine sound, whereby the material were VIGILANTE songs. (VIGILANTE had been the name of a part of HELSTAR for a short time). (Online October 27, 2002)