HELION PRIME’S self-titled album has been out almost a year, and for some reason they completely escaped my attention. This simply will not do. So, now I’m here to remedy that by telling you all about this record. First of all, they bill themselves as science based power metal, which is 100% accurate. Musically and lyrically their songs will take you on some rather interesting journeys, while never deviating from the classic power metal feel. Singer Heather Michele has a commanding, perfect voice for these tunes, set against a sonic attack from Jason Ashcraft (guitar), Jeremy Steinhouse (bass), Justin Herzer (drums), and a bevy of guest stars.
Case in point: “Into the Black Hole”, which features textured, layered vocal harmonies and also boasts a guest guitar solo from MINDMAZE’S Jeff Teets, who we’ve known for several years now. Not surprisingly it was an instant favorite, along with “Apollo (The Eagle Has Landed)”, which has a guitar solo from another friend of A&GS, Josh Schwartz of A SOUND OF THUNDER. The chorus to this track probably won’t leave your head for a few days; it certainly stayed in mine for at least that long. And the riffs on both are some of the tastiest on the disc.
“Keep What You Kill” has pounding double kick drums and in-your-face growls from Bryan Edwards to go along with Michele’s soaring vocals and blistering guitar work from Brett Windnagle (SOULMASS) on the solo. I love that this band isn’t afraid to bring guests on board to enhance the flavor of the tunes. And once again Michele’s voice is the star of the show on “Oceans of Time”, with her co-star being a really cool keyboard solo from Ryan Patane. Opener “The Drake Equation” serves as the perfect way to get this science party started, and lets you know exactly what you’re in for.
Closer “Live and Die On This Day” is a nearly seven-minute epic. And I mean that in every sense of the word. The build-up is intense, and when Niklas Isfeldt (DREAM EVIL) adds his lead vocals to Michele’s in the mix it all comes together, culminating in a beautifully harmonized chorus. Taylor Washington (PALADIN) shreds the solos, and it’s one of those tracks you just don’t want to end because it’s so goddamn good. All told, this HELION PRIME album knocked me on my ass and I’m so glad it fell into my lap. I am really excited to see what the future holds for this exceptionally-talented band, and I urge you to check them out if you haven’t already. You can buy it HERE. You’re welcome!
STANDOUT TRACKS: ALL OF THEM