Helstar
Nosferatu


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (59 Reviews)
August 31st, 2013 | 20 replies | 959 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While A Distant Thunder may slightly edge it in terms of quality, Nosferatu is Helstar's most prolific album for a reason.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Nosferatu is often considered to be Helstar's flagship with respect to their extremely solid output of speed metal during the '80s and since the post-2000 reunion. While it doesn't outdo the generally more successful A Distant Thunder, it's still without a doubt a highlight of the 80s metal scene and an excellent demonstration of technical musicianship combined with more than competent song-writing.

Musically, Nosferatu is much the same as their preceding effort. Guitars play thrashy riffs with twisty technical sections, while the drums and bass lay an excellent foundation for the soaring (and standout) solos and vocals. Here, however, everything feels a bit more cohesive and, simply put, experienced; there are no longer so many riffs that don't quite fit (like in Genius Of Insanity's intro), and thus everything feels a little more consistent in quality. Despite this, A Distant Thunder also identifiably felt somewhat less bloated; a lot of the tracks here feature quite extensive instrumental intros, and not in quite such effective moderation as before. Rhapsody In Black/Baptised In Blood, To Sleep, Per Chance To Scream, Harker's Tale, and Perseverance And Desperation all have blistering opening instrumental sections, but they're all rather similar, save for the former, and considering all these tracks are consecutive, there's a strong chance that the album gets a bit dull compared to the preceding effort. The second half, however, has comparatively few of these sections and it takes away from the album that the pacing really falls into two halves, rather than having the tracks better distributed.

Despite this issue, though, the album is extremely strong on the merit of the songwriting. The tracks manage to sustain their lengths equally well as on A Distant Thunder, and the song lengths are a little shorter overall, helping to keep the tracks from becoming stale. Add this to the generally high quality of each track and a decent amount of variety in tempo around the album, and it's not hard to see why this album is considered quite so highly as it is.

Recommended Tracks:
Aieliaria and Everon
Rhapsody In Black/Baptised In Blood
Harker's Tale (Mass Of Death)
Perseverance And Desperation



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Madbutcher3
August 31st 2013



967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This thing needed a review hard

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2013



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kudos for reviewing this, will read asap.

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warlordfun
August 31st 2013



346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album rules hard, I will read your review right now

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warlordfun
August 31st 2013



346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, well written have a pos mate

manosg
August 31st 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kudos for reviewing this [2]

Agree pretty much with everything you wrote, album rules. Well written too, pos.

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Frippertronics
August 31st 2013



4270 Comments


Good job on the review. Makes me want to check it out. Would this be a good starting point? Dig the cover too...

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warlordfun
August 31st 2013



346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Frippertronics, yeah Nosferatu is a good starting point!

DrHouseSchuldiner
August 31st 2013



5605 Comments


sweet rev pos'd

Mister Twister
August 31st 2013



1427 Comments


Those recommendations are glorious.

Madbutcher3
August 31st 2013



967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tracks or albums?

Decayingmajesty
August 31st 2013



5394 Comments


Awesome review dude. Pos. I will check this out. :D

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2013



18572 Comments


another good review man, gotta check this band

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Madbutcher3
August 31st 2013



967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dawg

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2013



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album's biggest shortcoming is the sound production, sound's too weak for what the band's playing.

Btw, good review, pos.


One suggestion:

Helstar's rather considerable output of extremely solid speed metal albums during the 80s (and some pretty good ones since their reunion in the 2000s) is often considered to be headed by the quite ambitious Nosferatu, which has come to be considered a cult classic of the speed metal scene.

Nosferatu is often considered to be Helstar's flagship with respect to their extremely solid output of speed metal during the '80s and since the post-2000 reunion.

Madbutcher3
August 31st 2013



967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Production isn't too bad but yeah A Distant Thunder sounds better

Madbutcher3
August 31st 2013



967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Done the change Voivod, thanks man.

CaptainDooRight
August 31st 2013



26266 Comments


Rev is swee, al is essential

Pos'd


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DeathGrinder
September 1st 2013



147 Comments


Never thought I'd see the word album abbreviated..how retarded.

CaptainDooRight
September 1st 2013



26266 Comments


Hi DeathGrinder! Is life too hard on you?

bloc
September 2nd 2013



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never dug this as much as A Distant Thunder

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