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Formed: 1983
From: Hamburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Helloween News

Below is our complete Helloween news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Helloween Signs With Nuclear Blast

Germany's Helloween, founded in 1984, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The band's latest studio album "Straight Out Of Hell," charted at a sensational #4, the band's highest German chart entry to date, holding this position for five weeks. Additionally Helloween made another five top ten entries in Europe and also cracked the U.S. Billboard Charts.

Now Helloween returns to its old label home Nuclear Blast, where the band previously released two albums - "The Dark Ride" (2000) and "Rabbit Don’t Come Easy" (2003) - both of which have just been re-issued with extended bonus material.

Nuclear Blast label owner Markus Staiger comments: “We are more than proud, that Helloween is part of the Nuclear Blast family again. All those years we had a friendship-like connection and ways crossed on a regular basis at concerts and festivals. Helloween to us is a matter of the heart, there’s not only the two records to mention, but an act that influenced me and many of our employees. Together there are big plans and we are looking forward to having another productive and successful cooperation.”

The band itself is equally celebratory. Vocalist Andi Deris states: “As a label, Nuclear Blast is 'Heavy Metal to the bone,' and we are really looking forward to working together with a lot of familiar faces.” More...

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Helloween Posts Road Footage

Helloween has posted a new road movie online from the band's Hellish Rock Part II World Tour 2013. Check it out below, or find more info on upcoming live appearances from the band at Facebook here. Helloween released latest album "Straight Out Of Hell in January of this year.

HELLOWEEN Hellish Rock II Road Movie from Helloween on Vimeo.

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Coldsteel Posts New Video

"Recession! Depression! Inflation! Taxation!" And you're going to sit idly by and hope someone else does something about it? Coldsteel says "Hell No!" in the new video for the title track from this year's thrashing return "America Idle." The video was filmed on location at President Grant's Tomb in Harlem, NYC. Directed by Patrick Kendall, the video for "America Idle" is posted below.

In other news, Coldsteel has been confirmed as direct support for the mighty Helloween on its North American Hellish Rock tour in the fall. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sep. 24 - New York, NY - Stage 48
Sep. 25 - Montreal, QUE - Club Soda
Sep. 26 - Quebec City, QUE - Theater Imperial
Sep. 28 - Toronto, OT - The Opera House
Sep. 29 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sep. 30 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
Oct. 02 - Engelwood, CO - Gothic Theater
Oct. 03 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
Oct. 05 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Oct. 07 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.

Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:

Friday, June 28th:

Twisted Sister
Korn
Soulfly
Papa Roach
Helloween
Grave Digger
Heathen
Crucified Barbara
Kreator
Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Korpiklaani
Unleashed
Varg
Coal Chamber
Heaven Shall Burn
Prong
All That Remains
Asking Alexandria
Veil of Maya
Katatonia
Rotting Christ
Entombed
Love and Death
Bliksem
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...

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Pit Stories: Helloween Hanky Panky

The pit: a convergence of metal heads and outlet for built-up aggression. Everybody’s got a pit story, and each week we share the favorites from metal musicians covering the entire spectrum of the underground and the mainstream.

A few weeks back vocalist Eric Dow of Helsott shared a story about Pantera stopping a show due to a lack of pit mayhem, and today Eric again gives a tale of pit shenanigans, but this time of a very different variety.

The following story comes from an interview at the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise with our own writer CROMCarl, in which Eric discusses love birds getting swept away by the sexy tunes of Helloween.

Eric: I was in the pit and they weren’t doing very much moshing or anything, but they were dancing around, having a good time. It was a pretty good crowd. All the sudden, I hear ‘Uh [in a female voice], Uh [in a male voice]’ and I turn around and some dude is fucking this chick right behind me….in the pit! I’m like what the fuck!

CROMCarl: Who was on stage at the time?

Eric: Uh, Helloween.

CROMCarl: Remember what they were playing?

Eric: Uhhhhhh… No [laughs all around]. Ugh…if I can try to remem…no. The fucking thing really fucking threw me off. No, no, no….I remember! “If I Could Fly!” Andy Deris fucked it up, I remember that. He fucked it up…I got these guys fucking behind me…Andy Deris fucked it up and he just rolled his eyes on stage like “I can’t believe I fucked up our most simple song.” That was great.

They were in the back of the pit. It’s a smaller venue and I know there was probably at least five or six people having the same “what the fuck” reaction. I’ve never seen that before…I’ve seen sex at concerts in plenty of places, but right there in a small venue in the mosh pit. You know…the lights all hitting them and shit..and nobody…the security guards were maybe twenty feet from them…didn’t do anything. I was like “alright, this is fucking Santa Ana, California.”

You can catch Helsott live on the remaining dates of the Paganfest tour this month, or find more info on the band via Facebook. Be sure to check back in again next week for more Pit Stories!

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Helloween Cancels Istanbul Show

Helloween has been on tour in support of latest album "Straight Out Of Hell" (reviewed here), and the band has now checked in with the following announcement about canceling a show due to Andi Deris becoming ill:

"Due to illness of Andi we unfortunately have to cancel the Istanbul show. We feel very sorry for our Turkish fans! We are looking forward to be able to continue the tour after that small break in Sofia on Friday."

The tour will continue as planned in Sofia, Bulgaria on March 15th. For a list of upcoming Helloween tour dates, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Gamma Ray Posts "Master Of Confusion" Teaser

German power metal act Gamma Ray, featuring Helloween co-founder Kai Hansen, posted a teaser for the band's upcoming extended EP release "Master of Confusion." The EP features two new tracks that will appear on the band's follow up to the latest studio release "To the Metal" (2010), the title track and "Empire of the Undead." The EP is scheduled for release on March 15th, 2013 via earMUSIC coinciding with the "Hellish Rock II" tour with Helloween. The full length is not expected before 2014.

Hansen commented: "We have been away for quite some time. We have released what we consider a very beautiful live product, 'Live -- Skeletons and Majesties', but we felt it was time to release some new music by the Rayz..."

Kai & co. are not afraid to celebrate their peculiarity with humour and irony.
Reading the lyrics of the song 'Master Of Confusion' not too many clarifications are necessary...
Gamma Ray are indeed the masters of confusion, a trait all the fans and also the music industry had no option than to accept and appreciate. They bring chaos to other people's lives, they miss important deadlines, they reschedule the release of the desperately awaited new long player, but they never miss a show, they never let a fan down, and in a world of calculated and career-driven rock stars, they are among the few remaining honest true heavy metal heroes.

"Master Of Confusion" is rounded off with six live versions ('The Spirit,' 'Wings Of Destiny,' 'Farewell,' 'Gamma Ray,' 'Time To Break Free' and 'Insurrection' recorded in Bochum) that were already included on the Blu-ray "Live -- Skeletons and Majesties" but were not featured on the CD release (which included the show recorded in Pratteln).

The full track list is:

A Side:

1. Empire Of The Undead (new studio track)
2. Master Of Confusion (new studio track) More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal Posts Final Lineup

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.

The complete lineup is as follows:

3 Inches of Blood
Anaal Nathrakh
Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ektomorf
Ensiferum
ETECC
Evergrey
Fatal Smile
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween
Helstar
Holy Grail
Immolation
In Flames
Inquisition
Kreator
Lacuna Coil
Lizzy Borden
Metal Church More...

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Sunday Old School: Helloween

Power metal is a genre that has been somewhat neglected by the Sunday Old School column. It’s still very much alive however (go to a metal festival in Europe if you don’t believe me) and this week we’ll be making up for our past snub by taking a look at one of the most revered bands in the field, Helloween. Helloween were formed in 1984 in the German city of Hamburg by singing guitarist, Kai Hansen, along with drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg, bassist Markus Grosskopf and second guitarist Michael Weikath. They soon signed to Noise Records and appeared on a compilation album named, "Death Metal," which was notable for its inclusion of other bands such as Hellhammer and Running Wild. Only a year after forming, they released a self-titled EP and their first full length album, "Walls of Jericho." The record received mixed reviews but is a popular one amongst fans and is notable for a number of reasons, including being the namesake of wrestler Chris Jericho and his signature move, and perhaps most importantly for being the only full length Helloween record where Hansen handled the vocal duties, after deciding to concentrate on his guitar work following the release of another EP entitled, "Judas."

Their search for a new lead singer led to the recruitment of eighteen year old vocalist, Michael Kiske and the band wanted to celebrate the new addition by releasing a double album, but this idea was thwarted by the record company. As a compromise, they released one album, "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1" in 1987, and a companion record, "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2" in 1988. Both albums received near universal praise and sold well, with the second part being particularly successful, partly thanks to the single, "I Want Out," which was aired heavily on the MTV show, "Headbanger’s Ball," and took part in the first Headbanger’s Ball Tour, along with Californian thrash masters Exodus and headliners, Anthrax. As the band’s star continued to rise, they were dealt a massive blow when Hansen announced that he would be leaving the group as a result of poor health, amongst a number of other reasons including tensions with bandmates and the record company. His last recorded appearance with the band came in the form of a live album named, "Live in the U.K." (known in the United States as "I Want Out Live.") before being replaced by Roland Grapow, formerly of the band, Rampage and going on to form the band, Gamma Ray. More...

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Helloween Streaming Full Album Samples

German legends Helloween have posted samples from the upcoming LP "Straight Out Of Hell" album over at the band's Official Soundcloud Page. Check out Metal Underground.com's review of the album over at this location. The album drops today in Europe and January 22, 2013 in North America via The End Records.

The track listing for "Straight Out Of Hell" is as follows:

1. Nabataea (see music video)
2. World Of War
3. Live Now
4. Far From The Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting For The Thunder
7. Hold Me In Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out Of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch The Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)

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Helloween Posts Part Six Of Track-By-Track Videos

German power metal legends Helloween has posted the sixth part of their series of videos discussing the songs from their forthcoming new album, "Straight Out Of Hell."

This clip sees the band explaining the meaning behind the song, "Waiting For The Thunder" and can be viewed below. "Straight Out Of Hell" will be released in North America on January 22nd through The End Records. More...

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Helloween Posts Part Five Of Track-By-Track Videos

German metal icons Helloween posted the fifth part of a thirteen part track-by-track video series featuring commentary by the band on all the songs from the forthcoming LP "Straight Out if Hell" leading up its release on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.

The track listing for "Straight Out of Hell" is as follows:

1. Nabataea (see music video here)
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)

The fifth track-by-track video, "Day 5: Burning Sun" can be seen here: More...

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Helloween Posts Part Four Of Track-By-Track Videos

German metal icons Helloween posted the fourth part of a thirteen part track-by-track video series featuring commentary by the band on all the songs from the forthcoming LP "Straight Out if Hell" leading up its release on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.

The track listing for "Straight Out of Hell" is as follows:

1. Nabataea
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)

The fourth track-by-track video, "Day 4: Far From the Stars" can be seen here: More...

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Helloween Posts Part Two Of Track-By-Track Videos

German metal icons Helloween posted the second part of a thirteen part track-by-track video series featuring commentary by the band on all the songs on the forthcoming LP "Straight Out if Hell" leading up its release on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.

The track listing for "Straight Out of Hell" is as follows:

1. Nabataea (check out music video here and "Day One" here)
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)

The second track-by-track video, "Day 2: World of War" can be seen here: More...

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Helloween Posts Part One Of Track-By-Track Videos

German metal icons Helloween posted the first part of a thirteen part track-by-track video series featuring commentary by the band on all the songs on the forthcoming LP "Straight Out if Hell" leading up to its release on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.

The track listing for "Straight Out of Hell" is as follows:

1. Nabataea (check out music video here)
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)

The first track-by-track video, "Day 1: Nabataea" can be seen here: More...

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Delain And Heidevolk Confirmed For 70K Tons Cruise

Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:

Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ensiferum
Evergrey
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween More...

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Helloween Posts New Music Video

German metal icons Helloween posted a new music video for the song "Nabataea." The track appears on the forthcoming LP "Straight Out of Hell." The album is scheduled to drop on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.

Check out "Nabataea" here:

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Helloween Streaming New Track "Nabataea"

German metal icons Helloween is streaming the new track "Nabataea," the opener from the forthcoming LP "Straight Out of Hell." The album is scheduled to drop on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.

The track listing for "Straight Out of Hell" is as follows:

1. Nabataea
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)

Check out "Nabataea" here: More...

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Helloween Reveals Album Artwork & Track List

German metal pioneers Helloween unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the band's new release "Straight Out of Hell." The LP will be released on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 21, 2013 (North America) through Spinefarm Records.

The limited edition will contain two bonus tracks, including the "Hammond Version" of the first single "Burning Sun," which is dedicated to the late Jon Lord. The track listing for "Straight Out of Hell" is as follows:

1. Nabataea
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track) More...

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Tiamat And Evergrey Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The heavy metal cruise 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this coming January 28th, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL. The organizers of the cruise have now announced both Tiamat and Evergrey as the latest confirmed bands. For more info and to book a cabin, head over to this location.

So far the following 23 out of 40 total acts have been announced:

ANACRUSIS
ANGRA
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
ENSIFERUM
EVERGREY
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
GOTTHARD
HELLOWEEN
HELSTAR
IMMOLATION
IN FLAMES
KREATOR
LACUNA COIL
METAL CHURCH (Reunion Show)
NILE
RAGE and LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
SABATON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TIAMAT
TURISAS
TÝR

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