Heavy Metal? Helestios Metal! The Exciting Band Are Back To Tell You ”Your Pain Feels Good!”

Indie, Rock

Non compromising yet immediately accessible; a perfect cross between rage and relatability. Finally, a challenge to the human mind to be able to think for itself.

Meet Helestios. Here to tell you, ”Your Pain Feels Good!”

Henris Leja, Stellas Aggelis, Ian den Boer and Agnis Aldinš – hailing from Latvia, Greece and The Netherlands respectively – combine to bring an elite sound of heavy metal. Now, their passion and drive that encapsulates the Helestios brand is situated in the UK, with the group now making music from Basingstoke, England.

Whilst taking on the traditional tropes and elements that embody the heavy metal genre, it is essential that you do not let the messages in each song go over your head.

This is introduced heavily in the track ‘Return to Baalbek’ in which the phrase ‘‘no more” is constantly repeated. Messages like ‘‘No more destruction and no more exiling humans” force us to start debates and conversations around peace of our people and consider tranquility in the world for all.

It speaks volumes as this was written by Henriis in 2019, whilst mass protests against the Government in the Lebanon raged around him.

‘Black Storm’, is an intense and chaotic combination of heavy drums and guitar riffs, depicting the travesties of war and destruction.

We then meet the cross between rage and reliability in the title-track ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’, which starts off in a calm manner before exploding in immense musicality. This track could be a message touching on the hopelessness some have felt in the recent year, with lyrics like ‘This is all we have left’ feeling particularly relevant.

‘All Attack’ provides an aggressive and fast paced soundtrack. Written in support of the Belorussian people who have spent recent months fighting to overthrow what many see as one of the last tyrannies of Europe, this track is another testament to the metal of humanity in fighting social crises.

Despite the often destructive stereotype and nature of heavy metal, Helestios have given us a new way to look at life and attempt to move us into taking a different approach in the way we do things.

We want to provoke people to think a bit deeper and realise there’s more than everyday mainstream media has to offer. There’s enough exciting stuff going on right now in various scientific fields from uncovering very unusual facts about ancient history to modern genetics and with our new understanding we should re-apply and re-view many things that we believe are cornerstones.


The full album can be listened to here:

For more things Helestios, be sure to check out their social media below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helestios/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/helestios

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helestios_official/

Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/helestios

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/28B0xtntzuPVO6Ez5NNmBP

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClnmL-ukpMFTyWrrGo1Mcag

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Anarchy Reigns – Heavy Metal or Light Entertainment?


Though metal fans are a loyal breed, the bands themselves do rather seem to come along in waves – their longevity may outlast that of pretty much any genre, but their emergence is extremely haphazard. Who was the last BIG heavy metal band? As in, straight ahead hard rock/heavy metal, not some weird cross-over hybrid? Is it tough for them to breakthrough or are they simply content with a steady trickle of gigs and a sizable continental following? Anarchy Reigns are a new British band who further muddle the confusion.

They are a band of mostly linear qualities: leather; hair (lack of and profusion); volume; guitars; slightly cringe-worthy lyrics. Their posturing as rock’s voice of the people presupposes that we hadn’t considered politicians to be liars (or has the song has it, “Liars, Liars” – like New York, they named it twice) or that we’re still apoplectic with rage about George W. Bush hunting down weapons of mass destruction TWENTY YEARS ago. Not that I’m condoning the invasion of Iraq but this is horse bolting of the highest order. The accompanying video is similarly well-intentioned but hopelessly out of step. The problem with dragging current affairs and politics into music is that it dates so horribly remarkably quickly, let alone if you start off on the wrong footing. John Lennon protesting about the war in Vietnam now seems quaint and hippyish – Anarchy Reigns’ highlighting of a Middle Eastern crisis which has been superseded at least twice by further conflicts. It’s all a bit odd.

Musically it’s good fun, if unlikely to set the world alight – it’s a little bit Rammstein; a little bit Deep Purple. It’s very safe, the kind of thing you’d be happy leaving your little ones listening to without fear of them being corrupted. My first metal band. However, it’s a positive thing for metal and a positive thing for the British music scene that bands like Anarchy Reigns are willing to stand up and be counted. Do what you love and there will always be an audience which appreciates it.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/duncan-hitch-morris

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJTh2uHiEgnw0LoIdrzSWtQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anarchyreignscy/

Website: http://www.anarchyreigns.net/


Brand new ShadowIcon EP is more than ‘Smoke & Mirrors’


Born and raised in Slovenia, ShadowIcon are a six piece melodic metal band with a heavy impact and a compelling lead female vocalist. Taking elements from metal and thrash, but marrying them to a tuneful vocal and a great appreciation for a stylish groove, the  band serve up a potent blend of heaviness on new EP ‘Smoke and Mirrors’.

Check out their music video here!

With over 50,000 fans on facebook already, this band are set for extremely bright things in 2015!

The ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ EP is out March 16th.