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03 Jan

BEST OF THE BEST 2016

Published in WILDSIDE

It’s usual at the end of each year to make a review, a flashback of the previous 365 days. In a year with many great losses for the rock and metal world there were some moments that stood out that of course are not the same for everyone of us. Below, Rockpages.gr team tackles the painful task to come up with the absolute best ten albums and the gig of the year in Greek soil. The lists are all over the place, titles get written and then deleted while everyone is trying to appreciate their impressions and memories…

Finally, just for the shake of a top 10 we rate the editors’ choices with the Eurovision system (No.1=12 points, No.2=11 points and so on) in order to have the final ranking. However, you shouldn’t pay too much attention to numbers, the posirions and the ranking. What matters above all is music! Happy New Year!

1.    Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct

 

The band’s performance is flawless and despite the fact that Hammett hasn’t written a single note on “Hardwired…”, he absolutely shines on the album as his guitar solos are undoubtedly impressive. Another characteristic of “Hardwired…” is the fact that there are many scattered guitar riffs throughout the album that sometimes “save” an indifferent tune like “Halo On Fire” as after the 3.00 mark, the song is transformed into a sonic juggernaut due to Hetfield’s and Hammett’s awesome guitar work.

Sakis Nikas

MetallicaHardwired

2.    Fates Warning – “Theories Of Flight”

 

The first thing that is really striking with “Theories…” is the up-tempo character of the majorities of the songs and their aggressive attitude; something quite unusual for Fates Warning. Also, there is a clear optimistic mood and a sense of escapism in most of the tracks while the familiar (for Fates Warning) melancholic climate is present in the majestic prog opus of “The Ghosts of Home”. Ray Alder is perfect behind the mic, Bobby Zarzombek is as stomping as ever on the drums, Joey Vera is tight and groovy as ever while Jim Matheos is flawless and unique. Frank Aresti’s presence is small and discreet…yet always significant!

Sakis Nikas

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3.    Rotting Christ – Rituals

 

It is obvious that on this album, more so than ever before, mainman Sakis Tolis prioritized and emphasized on the vibe of each individual composition, to the point of ‘sacrificing’ some of the band’s classic traits in order to accomplish a personal, esoteric vision. ‘Rituals’ is a rewarding result. How many bands can successfully incorporate Euripides, Blake and Baudelaire in their music? What other artist pays tribute to important parts of Greek musical heritage the way Sakis does in ‘Tou Thanatoy’ and ‘The Four Horsemen’?

Romanos Terzis

 RottingChristRituals

 4.    Anthrax - For All Kings

 

“For All Kings” carries on really where “Worship Music” stopped but it is enriched with some modern traces here and there while the pure thrash moments are considerably fewer in number. The albums opens with quite possible the best cut which is called “You Gotta Believe” and it reminds of the good old days. This is classic Anthrax at its very best. The follow up “Monster At The End” might not be of the same caliber or quality level but nevertheless is a remarkable moments which shows Anthrax borrowing influence by Disturbed (in the verse) and late Machine Head (at the chorus).

Sakis Nikas

 AnthraxForAllKings

 5.    Testament - Brotherhood Of The Snake

 

Californians thrashers are back fiercely after an absence of four years. Modern relentless thrash metal and I have the impression that the degree of technical complexity has increased in the compositions, and this is easy to understand when in the lineup super players like DiGiorgio and Gene Hoglan are involved.

Konstantinos “2112” Konstantinou

 TestamentBrotherhood

 6.    Opeth – Sorceress

 

It would be bizarre, if an artist with such an array of influences and a taste as eclectic as Mikael Åkerfeldt’s would keep on making the same type of music, insisting, among other things, on singing in a very specific and restrictive style. Furthermore, no one could ever accuse him of not having explored or evolved the irresistible progressive – death metal combination that made Opeth famous, in the fullest degree.

Romanos Terzis

 

 OpethSorceress

 7.    Innerwish- “Innerwish”

 

It is a complete work with a perfectly clean and "full" production.  "InnerWish" follows the classic stamp/sound that the band has outlined throughout the years and manages to "walk" into new territories such is heavier style and Epic tunes. My personal opinion, is that the band has made the correct choice with Giorgos as his voice matched the bands' new musical direction.

Jason Kasioptas

 InnerwishST

 8.    Avantasia – Ghostlights

 

Every time Tobias Sammet gets ready to unleash a new studio album with Avantasia, there is naturally a buzz in the metal community as it’s not that often nowadays to be treated with such prestigious releases that feature a parade of special guest stars.

Sakis Nikas

 AvantasiaGhostlights

 9.    Gojira – Magma

 

After 2012’s amazing ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’, brothers Duplantier took their time, and, now living in Brooklyn, searched – and found as it turns out – the way to make their music a little more accessible without sacrificing its particularities. Their mother passed away during the writing process for the new record, and this has given an even more powerful sentimental substance to ‘Magma’.

Romanos Terzis

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 10.    Helstar - Vampiro

 

Helstar’s trademark power/thrash outbursts are wonderfully blended with a technical atmosphere that is not tiring at all and takes “Vampiro” to another, higher level! The presence of two new members –Andrew Atwood on guitar and Garrick Smith on bass- has breathed new air to the band while Helstar’s founders Larry Barragan and James Rivera are having the time of their life with the latter being right at home with the whole vampire theme of the album.

Sakis Nikas

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Kostas Voulgarelis


1. Monkey3 - Astral Symmetry
2. Opeth - The Sorceress
3. Black Mountain - IV
4. Hexvessel-When We Are Death
5. Messa - Belfry
6. Goatess - Ii Purgatory Under New Management
7. Witchcraft - Nucleus
8. Wolf People - Ruins
9. Goat - Requiem
10. 1000mods - Repeated Exposure To...

         Καλύτερη συναυλία: Avatarium, The Slayerking        

Yiannis Dolas

1. Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
2. Volbeat – Seal The Deal
3. Apollo – Waterdevils
4. Imperial State Electric – All Through The Night
5. Sunburst – Fragments Of Creation
6. C.O.P. UK – No Place For Heaven
7. Inglorious – Inglorious
8. Maverick – Big Red
9. Mystic Prophecy – War Brigade
10. High Spirits – Motivator

Καλύτερη συναυλία: Οι Turbonegro στο Rockwave Festival

Dimitris Kazantzis

1. Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
2. Epica - The Holographic Principle
3. Marillion - F.E.A.R.
4. Testament - Brotherhood Of The Snake
5. September Code - Iii
6. Rotting Christ - Rituals
7. Lacuna Coil - Delirium
8. Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight
9. Delain - Moonbathers
10. Operation: Mindcrime – Resurraction

Καλύτερη Συναυλία: Scorpions 

Kostas Kounadinis

1. Agatus - The Eternalist
2. Innerwish - Innerwish
3. Helstar - Vampiro
4. Vicious Rumors - Concussion Protocol
5. Attacker - Sins Of The World
6. Running Wild - Rapid Foray
7. Wild Rose - Four
8. Wardrum - Awakening
9. The Defiants - The Defiants
10. Testament - Brotherhood Of The Snake

Καλύτερη Συναυλία: Heir Apparent (Up The Hammers Festival)

Mariza “Crash”

1. Shiraz Lane-For Crying Out Loud
2. Pretty Maids-Kingmaker
3. Toxicrose-Total Tranquility
4. Avantasia-Ghostlights
5. Change Of Heart- Continuum
6. Wild Rose-‘4’
7. Blackrain-Released
8. Phantom 5-Phantom 5
9. Nordic Union-Nordic Union
10. Vega-Who we are

Καλύτερη Συναυλία: Nasty Ratz - Sleaze N’ Roll Festival 2016

Kostantinos “2112” Kostantinou

1. Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
2. Q5 – New World Order
3. Last In Line – Heavy Crown
4. Kansas – The Prelude Implicit
5. Wolf Hoffmann – Headbangers’ Symphony
6. Anthrax – For All Kings
7. Vardis – Red Eye
8. Fates Warning – Theories Of Flight
9. Hammerfall – Built To Last
10. Eclipse – Armageddonize

Καλύτερη Συναυλια: Dirkschneider – Anvil

Sakis Nikas

1. Metallica – “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”
2. Fates Warning – “Theories Of Flight”
3. Graham Bonnet Band – “The Book”
4. Rick Springfield – “Rocket Science”
5. Helstar – “Vampiro”
6. Last In Line – “Heavy Crown”
7. Innerwish- “Innerwish”
8. Testament – “Brotherhood Of The Snake”
9. Dexter Ward – “Rendez-Vous With Destiny”
10. White Widdow – “Silhouette”

Καλύτερη Συναυλία: White Widdow (δεύτερη μέρα)

Dio Papageorgiou

1. King Crimson - Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of

                                  Monkey Mind
2. Hansen & Friends - XXX - Three Decades in Metal
3. Insomnium - Winters Gate
4. Avantasia - Ghostlights
5. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
6. Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary
7. Evergrey - The Storm Within
8. Testament - Brotherhood Of The Snake
9. Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence
10. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Poo

 

Vaggelis Saridelis

1. Downfall Of Gaia – Atrophy
2. NOFX - First Ditch Effort
3. Rotting Christ – Rituals
4. Opeth – Sorceress
5. Gojira – Magma
6. Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy Of Molten Bones
7. Anthrax - For All Kings
8. Wardruna – Ragnarok
9. Metallica – Hardwired To Self-Destruct
10. Glenn Hughes – Resonate

Kostantinos Spiliotis

1. Metallica - Hardwired...To Self Destruct
2. Megadeth - Dystopia
3. Rotting Christ - Rituals
4. 1000Mods - Repeated Exposure To...
5. Planet Of Zeus - Loyal To The Pack
6. Nightstalker - As Above, So Below
7. Anthrax - For All Kings
8. Russian Circles - Guidance
9. Lamb Of God - The Duke
10. Testament - Brotherhood Of The Snake

Καλύτερη Συναυλία: Smoke The Fuzz Fest

George Terzakis

1. Harakiri For The Sky - III: Trauma
2. Decembre Noir - Forsaken Earth
3. Suidakra - Realms Of Odoric
4. Oceans Of Slumber - Winter
5. Poem - Skein Syndrome
6. Be'lakor - Vessels
7. Evergery - The Storm Within
8. Hatebreed - The Concrete Confessional
9. Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
10. InnerWish - InnerWish

Καλύτερη συναυλία: Oceans Of Slumber, Mother Of Millions

Romanos Terzis

1. Metallica – Hardwired… to Self-Destruct
2. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight
3. Gojira – Magma
4. Rotting Christ – Rituals
5. Alter Bridge – The Last Hero
6. Dream Theater – The Astonishing
7. Killswitch Engage – Incarnate
8. King 810 – La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God
9. Anthrax – For All Kings
10.David Bowie – Blackstar

Καλύτερη συναυλία: Steven Wilson

After taking a break from touring for most of the year to work on the next studio album, Helstar will return to the stage at the end of the week for two exclusive Texas shows in Houston and San Antonio. The band is gearing up for the events and look forward to seeing many HEL-Raising Texan fans! Joining Helstar on bass for the two shows is a recognized session player in the Helstar camp, Matej Susnik from the country of Slovenia. European audiences are familiar with Matej from the Helstar 2010 and 2011 Europe tours that he sat in on, as well as his permanent position in James Rivera’s Sabbath Judas Sabbath-Slovenia Chapter. Matej happens to be visiting the U.S. for the first time, which presents a perfect opportunity for his services. We are glad to have Matej as part of the Helstar family and know that the Texas metal community will give him a warm welcome to the Lone Star State!

While Helstar has already made known the news about the signing with Alpha Omega Management and the imminent release of their brand new album "Vampiro" via Dave Ellefson's EMP Label Group, we remind you that on the 9th of April the first single of the album called "Black Cathedral" will be available to the masses. As James Rivera and Larry Barragan pointed out out this is definitely a very promising year for the legendary band from Texas.
On a sidenote, Barragan informed us that Helstar's longtime guitarist Rob Trevino was replaced by Andrew Atwood. For all the Helstar die hard fans out there, Atwood has a side band with Garrick Smith (Helstar's bassist) called The Scourge. The band has already available an EP and they are working towards a full length album. We will keep you posted.

20 Feb

Helstar @AN Club

Published in Live Reports

The Texan legend of power/speed metal paid once again a visit to our country and without any exception to the rule, they took absolutely no prisoners! Helstar is on tour for the promotion of the excellent “Vampiro” album that gained rave reviews from all over the world. The truth is that it was a close call as the band almost didn’t make it to the venue because they missed their flight and they arrived exactly when the second support act was finishing its set!

02 Jun

Helstar

Published in Interviews

Helstar is about to release the brand new album “Vampiro” and the expectations are already great as the conceptual and hopefully musical similarities with the seminal “Nosferatu” are obvious. James Rivera gives us all the details about the making of the new record, he talks about the possibility of the European Tour and finds another Hammer Horror fan on the other side of the telephone line!  Interview: Sakis Nikas  

Heavy metal monsters HELSTAR, who recently signed with ALPHA OMEGA Management, have released their new single "Black Cathedral", via MEGADETH Bassist David Ellefson’s EMP Underground. The single is now available via iTunes, at this location. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-cathedral-single-single/id1101449015
Comments HELSTAR Frontman and vocalist, James Rivera:
"As my late great father use to say. "Better Days are coming"! So here you go my blood thirsty friends! The new single you have been waiting for. This is just the beginning of the new Vampiric race we will establish!!"
The new single “Black Cathedral” is taken from the band’s upcoming album “Vampiro”, another opus of tales of Dracula and vampires like the band’s all time most acclaimed 1989 release “Nosferatu” (produced and mixed by Bill Metoyer) in the same vein musically with shades of who HELSTAR are today. “Vampiro” – to be released in the coming months, via EMP Underground – was mixed by Bill Metoyer, and will certainly prove to the world that there is much much more left in these Texas Metal Legends!
HELSTAR are: James Rivera (voice), Larry Barragan (guitars), Andrew Atwood (guitars), Mikey Lewis (drums), Garrick Smith (bass)

20 Oct

HELSTAR RETURN TO GREECE

Published in News

The American metallers return in Athens for a show at An Club on February 19th on their "Vampiro" European tour 2017. The band will tour in the States with Flotsam And Jetsam and Hacket in November/December. The album was released last August and Rockpages.gr wrote: we must point down that “Vampiro” is by far the most technical album that the band has recorded since the “Nosferatu” days. Helstar’s trademark power/thrash outbursts are wonderfully blended with a technical atmosphere that is not tiring at all and takes “Vampiro” to another, higher level! The presence of two new members –Andrew Atwood on guitar and Garrick Smith on bass- has breathed new air to the band while Helstar’s founders Larry Barragan and James Rivera are having the time of their life with the latter being right at home with the whole vampire theme of the album. Also, I’d go as far as to say that Barragan is doing a hell of a job on “Vampiro” and he has really outdone himself (and that says a lot considering his terrific job throughout the Helstar back catalogue). Check out the entire review here...

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