The Glory of Chaos

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Helstar's second post-reunion studio album (and seventh overall), 2010's Glory of Chaos, sees the veteran Texan quartet almost fully converted to thrash metal templates in an obvious bid to capitalize on the genre's late-2000s resurgence. However, while the band successfully exploits those templates as though they'd been moshing throughout their '80s existence rather than skirting around the pit's edges with a more classic/speed metal hybrid, there's no telling how their fans will respond. On the one hand, they too may be swayed by the impressive technical mastery and sheer, undeniable brutality displayed by high-speed juggernauts like "Angels Fall to Hell," "Bone ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Helstar's second post-reunion studio album (and seventh overall), 2010's Glory of Chaos, sees the veteran Texan quartet almost fully converted to thrash metal templates in an obvious bid to capitalize on the genre's late-2000s resurgence. However, while the band successfully exploits those templates as though they'd been moshing throughout their '80s existence rather than skirting around the pit's edges with a more classic/speed metal hybrid, there's no telling how their fans will respond. On the one hand, they too may be swayed by the impressive technical mastery and sheer, undeniable brutality displayed by high-speed juggernauts like "Angels Fall to Hell," "Bone Crusher," "Deathtrap," "Alma Negra," etc., etc. (so long as they ignore the occasionally unnerving Exodus similarities). On the other, they may find themselves hungering for the largely abandoned melodicism and songwriting variety of old, which is only sporadically revisited here by more versatile cuts like "Monarch of Bloodshed," "Summer of Hate," and "Trinity of Heresy," which, incidentally, also showcase singer James Rivera's still incredible range (and compelling lyric writing), instead of seeing him confined to indistinct barking. Ultimately, it comes down to a matter of taste, because Glory of Chaos is really a very solid album, regardless of its primary musical persuasion, and that in itself represents quite a feat for a band as long out of commission as were Helstar. More power to them: better that than retirement. [A limited-edition deluxe version of Glory of Chaos boasted a pair of covers harking back to Helstar's formative days in Saxon's "Heavy Metal Thunder" and the Scorpions "Animal Magnetism."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • Label: Afm Records
  • UPC: 884860027823
  • Catalog Number: 3202
  • Sales rank: 169,083

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angels Fall To Hell (5:01)
  2. 2 Pandemonium (4:24)
  3. 3 Monarch of Bloodshed (5:14)
  4. 4 Bone Crusher (5:04)
  5. 5 Summer of Hate (5:48)
  6. 6 Dethtrap (3:54)
  7. 7 Anger (3:53)
  8. 8 Trinity of Heresy (4:39)
  9. 9 Alma Negra (5:41)
  10. 10 Zero One (0:56)
  11. 11 Heavy Metal Thunder (4:02)
  12. 12 Animal Magnetism (6:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helstar Primary Artist
Larry Barragan Guitar
Jerry Abarca Bass
James Rivera Vocals
Rob Trevino Guitar
Barragan Soloist
Trevino Soloist
Mikey Lewis Drums
Technical Credits
Saxon Composer
Scorpions Composer
Larry Barragan Producer
Craig Douglas Producer, Engineer
Mark Lopez Producer
James Rivera Producer
Janne Pitkänen Cover Art
Rob Trevino Producer
Barragan Composer
Trevino Composer
Achim Koehler Mastering
Martin Sosna Management
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