James Rivera

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Helstar & Venomous Maximus at Fitzgerald's, 4/12/2014

    Helstar, Venomous Maximus, Sanctus Bellum, Termination Force Fitzgerald's April 12, 2014 The list of local bands that can still fill up Fitzgerald's more than 30 years after jamming out on their first power chord is a short one. On Saturday night, the metallic warriors in Helstar proved they can st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    H-Town Metal Institution Helstar Feathers Its Wicked Nest

    Over the past three decades, countless bands, clubs and backpatches have come and gone in the Houston heavy metal scene. But there has always been Helstar. Thirty years after the release of their Combat Records debut, Burning Star, the city's quintessential power-thrash quintet shreds on, anchored a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Saturday, El Birthday Metal Fest III Crushes Christmas

    Looking for an eggnog-free outlet for your holiday frustrations? You're in luck! Local doomsayers Sanctus Bellum unwrap Houston's headbangin'-est birthday party tomorrow at the third annual El Birthday Metal Festival at Fitzgerald's, and you're invited! But be warned: the now-traditional heavy-met ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Last Night: Testament and Overkill at House of Blues

    Testament, Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam House of Blues February 6, 2013 When it comes to '80s thrash metal, there are the Big Four -- Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax -- and there's everybody else. For a good while there, it looked as if "everybody else" might not survive the grunge- and rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Sanctus Bellum Summons Pentagram for a Not-So-Silent Night of Metal

    Nothing sucks worse than having a birthday in late December. It's not really even a debate at this point. Year after year, Christmas is all anybody cares about, and you wind up with a gross gingerbread cake and birthday presents under the tree. Nobody's trying to celebrate your ass. If your birthda ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Saturday Night: Helstar at Warehouse Live

    Helstar, Sanctus Bellum, etc. Warehouse Live December 1, 2012 Heavy metal has long since proven to be the most virulent and drug-resistant strain of rock and roll, always seething just underground and ready to erupt into a blister the minute the mainstream's immune system weakens. There's certainly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    With 30 Years In the Game, Helstar Shreds Anew This Saturday

    After all the riffs, after all the load-ins, and after all the Jager shots, what is it, exactly, that keeps a heavy metal band from Houston, Texas, shrieking and shredding across the globe for 30 years? Rewind: Multiples of Black: Helstar celebrate their 30th anniversary in style Magic, of cours ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012

    Multiples of Black

    Houston heavy-metal lifers Helstar celebrate their 30th anniversary in style.