Hey James, thanks for taking the time to talk. Hows everything going?
James: Doing really good, just hanging out in humid Texas (laughs). Houston
is always so humid.
Pretty much everyone knows about Helstar but can you give us a little history
of how you guys came together? Well, we all came from garage bands really. We were all in several different
bands back in 80-81. We did mainly Iron Maiden and Judas Priest cover songs
doing talent shows. We did backyard parties all the time which were huge back
then, like 300 people would show up out of nowhere. The metal scene was really
blowing up and we were trying to get in clubs around the Houston area but at the
time everyone was listening to Journey and Loverboy so it was really frustrating.
So we started writing our own music, we got our hands a record label called
Combat Records and the rest is history!
How has the feedback been for Glory of Chaos? Its been really good; a lot of people have loved it. But its also been
slow, you know, its not like were getting Sirius exposure but the labels can
only do so much. But all in all its been really great.
How would you describe the album? Kind of a combination of old school thrash and progressive metal but it is
really modern and I think fans of metal today will really like it.
Who did the art for the album? It was the guy who did the latest Nightwish album and he did our last album.
Hes really great so we just decided to stay with him.
How do you think the band has progressed over the years? Its like the saying, like a fine wine we just get better with age. I feel
thats how we are, people tell me my voice has gotten stronger which is amazing
seeing how long Ive been doing this (laughs).With the songwriting and arrangements on the album was the whole band
involved? Definitely, we write more like a band now. I probably should have made some
changes back in the day and have the band more involved but I wanted to make
everyone happy. But now, everyones involved. It definitely feels like weve
gotten a second chance and we dont take anything for granted.
What are you guys working on right now? Are you touring? Were doing some dates in Texas and then probably doing some on the east
coast. Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York and New Jersey. Then were taking a
break and doing a tour in Europe and were also doing the Alcatraz metal
festival with U.D.O, Forbidden, Vicious Rumors, and Helloween, it should be
Any words for your fans? Just thanks for everything, we still have fans from 1984 and we keep getting
new fans all the time so we are always appreciative.
Thank you again, it was great talking with you! James: Anytime, you too!