|CD REVIEW Helstar|
Somewhere around 1981 in Houston, Texas, at the tender age of 16, Larry Barragan knows he wants to form a band that is special; one whose members would all compliment his burgeoning writing and playing skills to create a musical monster! He forms Helstar with members of his previous band, Black Rose.
In 2006, for the first time in over 15 years, James Rivera and Larry Barragan reunited and Helstar was officially declared musically active again. Along with Abarca, Rivera and Barragan, also reunited with the Remnants of War album were guitarist Robert Trevino and Eternity Black drummer Russell De'leon.
And now a couple years later the band has its 30 years old anniversary and released a live album (with a DVD). Well it are their greatest hits and it's live, so this is definitely a win-win situation. But to be honest these power metal gods could have provided a better production of the record. There aren't any big mistakes or something, but it sounds a bit dull and powerless. Certainly in comparison to the other great live records that have been released this year.