From James Rivera’s Facebook page: Friday, June 28th will mark a proud historical moment in my music career. I am honored and privileged to announce that on this date, I have been confirmed as the headliner for the sixth edition of Warriors Of Metal Festival, in Pataskala, Ohio, replacing MELIAH RAGE after the band’s unfortunate cancellation. What makes this occasion special is that it will be the debut performance to launch my new musical endeavor, ‘JAMES RIVERA’. This long overdue project will now become my other main act aside from HELSTAR, and will not only feature live appearances and touring, but also a studio album forthcoming via SPV/Steamhammer. More details on the artists involved and music planned for recording to be released soon.
Last year I had the pleasure of experiencing the excellence of WOM for the first time when HELSTAR was invited as a headliner. I am truly obliged the organizers have chosen to have me back with my new incarnation! For this momentous show, joining me onstage will be guitarist extraordinaire from another fricking planet, Xander Demos of the XANDER DEMOS band and my Pennsylvania Chapter of SABBATH JUDAS SABBATH. My rhythm section will be composed of powerhouse duo Dennis Hayes on bass and Jeff Curenton on drums, both infamous for being apart of the ‘Year of the Witch’ lineup of SEVEN WITCHES, and Ripper Owens’ early career days in the bands WINTER’S BANE and BRITISH STEEL. Fans attending WOM can expect a good handful of classic SEVEN WITCHES songs, in addition to other tunes from my catalog, plus some surprises!
So for now this is just a mini update on what I’ve got in store for the near future. HELSTAR fans, do not worry… the new album will be coming at you full steam ahead in 2014! European fans, I will see you this summer with SABBATH JUDAS SABBATH! And to those who will be present on June 28th for the premier show of JAMES RIVERA at the swiftly rising U.S. metal festival Warriors Of Metal Open Air, get ready to raise your fists in the air! Get those neck muscles in shape for some serious headbanging and a night enjoying the only kind of metal I have ever known to deliver, and always will. Intense, true and powerful metal!!!!