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HELLOWEEN

- 1984
COUNTRY:
GERMANY
GENRE(S):
HARD ROCK, HEAVY METAL, MELODIC METAL, OTHERS
SIMILAR BANDS:
GAMMA RAY, FREEDOM CALL, HEAVENLY, STRATOVARIUS, IRON SAVIOR, ORDEN OGAN, IRON MAIDEN, EDGUY, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, MASTERPLAN
Helloween is a German speed metal band whose forty-year career has made them metal legends.
TORPEDO - 31.10.2023
In 1984, in the German city of Hamburg, a group of passionate musicians came together with the shared vision of revolutionizing Metal. Founding members Kai Hansen (guitar/vocals) and Michael Weikath (guitar) laid the foundations for Helloween, joined by Markus Grosskopf (bass) and Ingo Schwichtenberg (drums). Their first albums, such as "Walls of Jericho" (1985) and "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I" (1987), established their reputation as an energetic, melodic speed metal band.

It was with "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II" (1988) that Helloween's career took off, with the anthemic hit "I Want Out". This album showcases the band's songwriting, musical technique and the vocal prowess of new frontman Michael Kiske. The band's popularity soared and they embarked on a series of successful world tours, consolidating their status as power metal pioneers.

After the release of "Pink Bubbles Go Ape" (1991) and "Chameleon" (1993), Helloween faced changes in personnel and musical direction. Kai Hansen left the band, while Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch joined. The albums "Master of the Rings" (1994) and "The Time of the Oath" (1996) marked a return to their power metal roots, blending speed and melody.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Helloween released a series of critically acclaimed albums, including "Better Than Raw" (1998) and "The Dark Ride" (2000), reflecting the band's continued growth and experimentation, while retaining their signature sound. They have consolidated their reputation as one of the most influential bands in the power metal genre.

In 2005, the original Helloween line-up reunited for a world tour, resulting in the live album and DVD "Keeper of the Seven Keys - The Legacy" (2007). The reunion inspired a creative resurgence, leading to the release of the widely acclaimed "Gambling with the Devil" (2007) and "7 Sinners" (2010). As the 2010s dawned, the band continued to release successful albums, including "Straight Out of Hell" (2013) and "My God-Given Right" (2015).

In 2016, Helloween embarked on the Pumpkins United world tour, during which former and current members performed together. The tour was greeted with great enthusiasm by fans around the world. This collaboration led to the creation of a long-awaited album, "Helloween" (2021), which was particularly well received by critics.

More informations on https://www.helloween.org/
DID YOU KNOW?

Helloween was initially called Gentry before changing their name to Second Hell and finally settling on Helloween. The name was inspired by the horror film "Halloween."

The band's album covers often feature a pumpkin character named "Jack O' Lantern," who has become a mascot for the band. The pumpkin symbolizes the band's playful and Halloween-inspired approach to their music.

Helloween has collaborated with various orchestras for special performances, including the "Hellish Rock Tour" in 2012, where they performed with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

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5 LAST LINKED REVIEWS
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Helloween. (2021)
5/5
4/5
NUCLEAR BLAST / HEAVY METAL
HELLOWEEN_The-Dark-Ride
The Dark Ride (2000)
4/5
3.2/5
NUCLEAR BLAST / HEAVY METAL
HELLOWEEN_Better-Than-Raw
Better Than Raw (1998)
4/5
3.9/5
CASTLE / HEAVY METAL
HELLOWEEN_The-Time-Of-The-Oath
The Time Of The Oath (1996)
5/5
3.7/5
CASTLE / HEAVY METAL
HELLOWEEN_Keeper-Of-The-Seven-Keys-Part-II
Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part II (1988)
5/5
4.8/5
NOISE / MELODIC METAL
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