Helstar released their new single, “Black Cathedral”, on April 8th via iTunes. Taken from the band’s new album Vampiro – due later in the year via Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group – and mixed by Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Armored Saint, Sacred Reich, W.A.S.P.), Vampiro is another opus in the vein of Helstar’s classic late 80’s release Nosferatu; telling tall tales of Dracula and vampires set to a blistering speed/power metal soundtrack.
Formed in Houston in the early ’80s, Helstar cut their teeth playing backyard parties and small club gigs and it soon became apparent that Helstar had the potential to hit the big leagues. Subsequently, Combat Records snapped up the band and released Helstar’s debut, Burning Star, in 1984. Next came Remnants of War, followed by Helstar’s superb breakthrough album, A Distant Thunder, in 1988. The success of “A Distant Thunder” ultimately set up Nosferatu and while Helstar may never have reached the giddy heights their output deserved they have remained a revered cult band to this day.