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HELKER - Somewhere In The Circle
AFM Records

Metal Express Rating: 7.0/10

Release Date: 2013-02-26

by: DAN 'SOFT BOY' SKIBA

Email: SoftBoy (at) MetalExpressRadio.com

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South America has produced some fine Power Metal bands over the past 2 decades, but perhaps Argentinaís best kept secret is the Traditional Metal band Helker.† Somewhere In The Circle is Helkerís 4th release, which was produced by Primal Fearís Mat Sinner and includes guest appearances by Ralph Scheepers and Ripper Owens.† Thereís plenty of solid and enjoyable Metal throughout this release to sink your teeth into, but Dio-esque singer Diego Valdez comes through too strong in the mix, and his overly extended high notes tend to drown out much of the top-notch playing by Leonardo Aristu and Mariano Rios.

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Posted by FelixtheMetalcat on 12/03/2013 16:27:28

Have heard entire album & this thing is excellent. Despite the Dio'isms, the guitar work is beefy here with nice solo's to sink your teeth into. Depending on the person, I'd give this a solid 8 rating & will hope they develope further with their next release. For a band I'd never heard of, this album impresses.

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