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Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby johnthebrucelee » Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:40 am

You guys heard of Helstar? Omg, they are really good. In my opinion, they are better than Metallica. Don't get the wrong idea I hate Metallica... So hard to find live vids for Helstar... Anyways, what do you guys think of this band?

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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby RandyRhoadsRules! » Thu Jan 05, 2006 3:50 am

neva heard of em

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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby PoetsandMadmen » Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:37 am

johnthebrucelee wrote:You guys heard of Helstar? Omg, they are really good. In my opinion, they are better than Metallica. Don't get the wrong idea I hate Metallica... So hard to find live vids for Helstar... Anyways, what do you guys think of this band?


I've heard of Helstar. If I'm not mistaken the original lineup is from Houston. I'm not too familiar with their music though. I have a close friend that's from Houston, so he was familiar with them before they broke through in the 80s. He said that they did a tour with Stryper called, The Heaven and Hell Tour. I'm assuming he knows what he's talking about...

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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby mrmetal » Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:51 am

Houston is my hang-out and you are correct Madman. I saw Helstar not too long ago with Agent Steel. They put on a hell of a show.

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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby PoetsandMadmen » Sun Jan 08, 2006 10:39 am

mrmetal wrote:Houston is my hang-out and you are correct Madman. I saw Helstar not too long ago with Agent Steel. They put on a hell of a show.


Cool! I've heard that Agent Steel can tear up as well.

Are you a fan of Fates Warning? Those are some cool Houston boys too! I love Fates!

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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby mrmetal » Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:48 pm

Oh yeah...I am a bit partial to the John Arch era though.

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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby PoetsandMadmen » Mon Jan 09, 2006 7:55 am

John is great. I've recently bought the new Awakening the Guardian Package that they've re-issued. It's good stuff! John Arch's recent EP was great too, if you haven't checked that out.

I saw Fates Warning open for Queensryche and Dream Theater in 2003 in Atlanta. Let me tell you, Ray Alder will win you over live if you're not totally convinced with their studio efforts. He blew me away dude!

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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby mrmetal » Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:28 am

I think Ray is outstanding and I still purchase new Fates Warning cds when they come out. I know what tour you are talking about and I missed that one. My friends went and one of them ended up with one of the Dream Theater set list they had on the floor for each memeber. They had them signed and everything. Pretty cool, too bad I missed it.

I am just partial to John Arch because that is the Fates Warning I grew up with and first discovered. Plus, John has that unique vocal sound.

You're right about the EP, that is a great disc. I hope John does another one soon. He was kind of like Jake. He pretty much gave up on music and was running his contractor business.

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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby MetalHead » Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:34 am

would you guys consider Vader as an underground band ?! :roll:
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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby mrmetal » Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:25 am

MetalHead wrote:would you guys consider Vader as an underground band ?! :roll:


I wouldn't per say, some might...I just consider them metal.

You ought to check out Torchbearer. :twisted:

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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby MetalHead » Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:58 am

is that some powermetal band ? ;)
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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby mrmetal » Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:22 am

MetalHead wrote:is that some powermetal band ? ;)


No. Brutal-ass death metal. :twisted:

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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby Hell_Tanner » Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:24 pm

I first heard Vader in 1993/94 and last time I heard they were a death metal band, I don't think they've changed that much...
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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby MetalHead » Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:46 pm

their cover of Raining Blood is kinda cool though :twisted:
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Re: Good old underground metal, Helstar...

Postby PoetsandMadmen » Mon Jan 09, 2006 2:35 pm

mrmetal wrote:I think Ray is outstanding and I still purchase new Fates Warning cds when they come out. I know what tour you are talking about and I missed that one. My friends went and one of them ended up with one of the Dream Theater set list they had on the floor for each memeber. They had them signed and everything. Pretty cool, too bad I missed it.

I am just partial to John Arch because that is the Fates Warning I grew up with and first discovered. Plus, John has that unique vocal sound.

You're right about the EP, that is a great disc. I hope John does another one soon. He was kind of like Jake. He pretty much gave up on music and was running his contractor business.


That is cool about the setlist! We weren't able to meet any of them or anything, because we had a 5 hour drive ahead of us.

I agree, John needs to do a full-length disc with Portnoy, Matheos, and Vera.

I like the latest Fates Warning disc, X. I actually like it a little better than Disconnected, but I believe I'm in the minority among the fans.

It's sad to see one of the most technical drummers in the genre, Mark Zonder, move on to other things isn't it?

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