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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 Announces New Album, Release Date

German metal pioneers Helloween announced that the band's follow up to "7 Sinners" will be entitled "Straight Out of Hell." The LP will be released on January 18, 2012 through Sony Music. The announcement on the band's official website reads:

"What Charlie Bauerfeind has been producing at the MiSueno Studios throughout the last months is the consequent follow-up for “7 Sinners”. Matching the tour motto and even more so the hellish new songs the upcoming album is called “STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL”. It will be released worldwide January 18 and will turn winter 2013 into a pretty hot affair. At this time, Charlie and the boys are giving the finishing touches to the production. “STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL” will also be featuring a limited version with bonus tracks and special packaging...more infos to come!"

This on the heels of announcing the redux of the "Hellish Rock Tour II," the second co-headlining tour with Gamma Ray (featuring Helloween founder Kai Hansen). On that, the band commented:

"The ‘remake’ of the 'Hellish Rock Tour' of 2007/2008 is taking shape. The bookers are working at full blast and can already announce the first dates of the upcoming world tour under the colors of 'Hellish Rock Part II'."

More details on "Straight Out of Hell" are expected soon.

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Helloween And More To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands for the event:

"No news from the ship? But news from 70,000 Tons of Metal's scouting party in Germany: They didn't want to wait until Helloween so they went to the country in the South: Switzerland. But there was too much traffic at the Gotthard and they decided to go back to Germany to meet their Kreator! Three more heavy hitters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!

"So are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location. and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!

"And unlike others they also remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...

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Helloween Announces "Hellish Rock Tour Part II"

German metal icons Helloween announced that the band will once again join forces with Gamma Ray in a redux dubbed "Hellish Rock Tour Part II for March 2013. The full announcement on the band's official website reads:

"Who doesn’t remember the crazy “Hellish Rock Tour” in 2007/2008? HELLOWEEN and their Very Special Guests GAMMA RAY played 95 shows in 34 countries and left ecstatic metal fans in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America in their wake! Those who didn’t have the chance to be there, can now breathe in deeply and make the ‘Remake’ twice as unforgettable! The conditions are right: Booking wires are running red-hot for the “Hellish Rock Tour Part II”, which will start in March 2013 in Europe and go around the globe, once again featuring GAMMA RAY. Watch out for the full-on ‘Metal Ax Made in Germany’ and you can start betting on what kind of awesome final Weikath, Deris, Grosskopf & co. together with Hansen have come up with this time!"

Helloween Guitarist Michael Weikath commented: “The atmosphere on stage and backstage was very special last time, we will be repeating the party and are looking forward to the tour already!”

Gamma Ray frontman Kai Hansen added: “‘The Hellish Rock Tour’ definitely was a highlight of our band’s history, we’ll absolutely go wild once again!” More...

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Helloween Posts New Album Update Video

Helloween posted up an update video on the recording of the band's new album and follow up to 2010's "7 Sinners." The video features a short talk by vocalist Andi Deris announcing that the band's yet untitled new album will be released in early 2013 followed up by an extensive world tour.

Check out the video here:

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Helloween Posts In Studio Video For New LP

German power metal legends Helloween posted the first in studio video of the band recording the follow up to the 2010 release "Seven Sinners." In this video drummer Dani Löble does a short recording and talk announcing the band has started work on the new album at MiSueno Studios.

Check out the video here:

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Gaia Epicus Streaming Helloween Cover Song

Norwegian power metal band Gaia Epicus is streaming the Helloween cover track "Warrior" (originally from Helloween's debut self-titled EP from 1985). The cover track appears on the upcoming "HelloRay" tribute album to Helloween/Gamma Ray, which is due out on March 26, 2012 through Epicus Records.

Check out "Warrior" here:

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Helloween/Gama Ray Tribute Teaser Posted

"HelloRay" is a tribute album to Helloween and Gamma Ray made by fans of the bands. The tribute is set to be released on March 26th by Epicus Records and features acts such as Rampart and Gaia Epicus. A teaser trailer can be found below, and the track listing is as follows:

01. Tribute to the Past (Gamma Ray) GUARDIANS OF MANKIND
02. Warrior (Helloween) GAIA EPICUS
03. The spirit (Gamma Ray) PARALLAX
04. Mr. Torture (Helloween) AILLION
05. Anywhere in the galaxy (Gamma Ray) OPERA MAGNA
06. Ain't got nothin` better (Helloween) KICKHUNTER
07. Last before the storm (Gamma Ray) SONEM
08. Where the rain grows (Helloween) ARMORY
09. A tale that wasn't right (Helloween) DRACHEN
10. Just a little sign (Helloween) RAMPART
11. Leaving hell (Gamma Ray) ROTTEN
12. Judas (Helloween) 5th ELEMENT
13. Heaven or hell (Gamma Ray) BURN UNIVERSE
14. Before the war (Helloween) ILUNGARA
15. Land of the free (Gamma Ray) DEIMOS More...

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Iced Earth's Wacken Show To Be Streamed Online

Iced Earth has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming Wacken appearance this Saturday, August 6th being streamed online in its entirety:

"Looks like Iced Earth's Wacken show this Saturday will be streamed live on the Internet! The band takes the stage at 17:30 German time, which is 11:30am, Eastern Time. The show is scheduled to last one hour (17:30-18:30/11:30am-12:30pm, Eastern. Enjoy!"

Other band performances to be streamed include Helloween, Finntroll, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Rhapsody of Fire, Children of Bodom, and more.

The full lineup and times for the streaming Wacken performances can be found by heading over to this location.

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Tank Announces New Drummer

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Tank has announced that Mark Cross, known for his time with bands such as Helloween and Firewind, has been recruited as their new drummer. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Massive news from the War Office this morning - Mark Cross, formerly of Firewind, Helloween, Ian Gillan, Kingdom Come and more, is the new drummer of Tank. We are delighted to welcome Mark into the trenches and everyone connected with the band feels that his addition to our ranks will move the band into a new dimension."

Mick Tucker, Tank's longest serving member (28 years), said the following about this exciting development: "We have now assembled some of the finest metal musicians Tank have ever had. We are now prepared to unleash this awesome lineup on Europe. We hope to see you all on tour."

Mick's guitar partner, Cliff Evans, second longest serving member of the band (26 years) said: "To have someone of Mark's calibre join the band shows just how far we have come this last couple of years. Mark is one of the very best Metal drummers around and will really add something to our sound. This is a big move for us and we cannot wait to introduce Mark to the fans on the road later this year."

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Stormwarrior Confirmed For Bang Your Head Fest

Stormwarrior and Legion of the Damned have been confirmed for Germany's Bang Your Head festival. The upcoming festival will take place on July 15th and July 16th at the Messegelände in Balingen.

For further information on the festival, visit this location.

Other confirmed bands include: Desaster, Crystal Viper, Accept, Helloween, Immortal, Lordi, Amorphis, Death Angel, Asphyx, and more.

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Saxon To Play Sauna Open Air

Saxon has issued the following brief announcement about appearing at this year's edition of the Sauna Open Air festival:

"We are happy to announce that Saxon is confirmed for the Sauna Open Air Festival in Finland.
Let's see how sweaty it will be and see you there!"

The festival is set to take place from June 9th - 11th, 2011 and will feature appearances from Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, and Helloween. Saxon also recently announced Australian shows with The Sword. Details on those dates can be found here.

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Timo Tolkki Joins Metal Super-Group Symfonia

Symfonia, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of Helloween, Stratovarius, Angra and Sonata Arctica, has announced that it will enter Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25 to begin recording 12 songs for its debut album, which is scheduled for a March 25, 2011 release. Symfonia has signed a four-album deal with the biggest Japanese metal and rock label Marquee Avalon for the territory of the entire Asian region, including China. Negotiations for the other territories are still in progress.

Timo Tolkki - Guitar
André Matos - Vocals
Jari Kainulainen - Bass
Mikko Härkin - Keyboards
Uli Kusch - Drums

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Top Ten Halloween Metal Songs

Its no secret that heavy metal and Halloween go together like a hockey mask and a machete. While there are numerous songs you can list under the hallowed category, here are ten terrifying tracks to bleed your ears dry.

10. Moonspell - "I'll See You In My Dreams"

Who knew such a soft jazz song from 1924 could be recreated over 80 years later as a wickedly heavy and haunting track from Portugal's biggest metal export. It was recorded for a film of the same title, and the video features clips from the movie along with an amazing array of starving Zombies who seem to have a craving for Portuguese flesh.


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Helloween Streaming Entire New Album

German power metal act Helloween is streaming its upcoming studio album "7 Sinners" in its entirety through its official Myspace page. Planned to be released sometime in October through SPV/Steamhammer Records, "7 Sinners" was recorded at Mi Sueno Studios belonging to singer Andi Deris in Tenerife, Spain and was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind. Charlie Bauerfeind also produced the band's previous studio effort "Gambling with the Devil." You csn check out the album at this location.

Here is the "7 Sinners" tracklisting:
1. Where The Sinners Go
2. Are You Metal?
3. Who is Mr. Madman?
4. Raise The Noise
5. World Of Fantasy
6. Long Live The King
7. The Smile Of The Sun
8. You Stupid Mankind
9. If A Mountain Could Talk
10. The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner
11. My Sacrifice
12. Not Yet Today
13. Far In The Future

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Helloween Posts New Music Video Online

German power metal legends Helloween has posted their new music video online for the song, "Are You Metal?" You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's forthcoming new studio album, "7 Sinners" which is expected to be released on October 31st. More...

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Kiske/Somerville Posts New Music Video Online

Kiske/Somerville, the new project featuring former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and American singer Amanda Somerville, has posted it's new music video online. The video is for the track "If I Had A Wish" and is featured on the duet's forthcoming debut, self-titled album. The debut is set for release on October 12, 2010 through Frontiers Records.

You can view the video below:

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Helloween Announces New Album Title

German power metal act Helloween have revealed the titled for thier upcoming 12th studio album. The album, which has been titled as "7 Sinners," is planned to be released sometime in October through SPV/Steamhammer Records. "7 Sinners" was recorded at Mi Sueno Studios belonging to singer Andi Deris in Tenerife, Spain and was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind. Charlie Bauerfeind also produced the band's previous studio effort "Gambling with the Devil."

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Helloween Announces European Tour Dates

German power metal act Helloween have announced dates for the band's upcoming European tour. The tour has been named "The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11 - European Part I" and features support from Finnish metal act Stratovarius. The tour kicks off on November 26th, 2010 in Wien, Austria and ends on December 19th in Prague, Czech Republic.

"The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11 - European Part I" tour dates:
Nov. 26 - Wien, Austria - Szene
Nov. 27 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Winter Masters of Rock
Nov. 28 - Budapest, Hungary - Petöfi Hall
Dec. 01 - Langen, Germany - Neue Stadthalle
Dec. 02 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
Dec. 04 - Prestatyn, UK - Hardrock Hell Festival
Dec. 05 - London, UK - The HMV Forum
Dec. 06 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
Dec. 08 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
Dec. 09 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Dec. 10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Lisebergshallen
Dec. 11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arenan
Dec. 13 - Tallinn, Estonia - Rock Cafe
Dec. 14 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
Dec. 15 - Helsinki, Finland - House Of Culture
Dec. 17 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
Dec. 18 - Cracow, Poland - Studio
Dec. 19 - Prague, Czech Republic - Mala Sportovni Hala

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced some more additions to this years lineup. The biggest news is that British heavy metal staples Saxon will be returning to the event this year and that German power metal veterans Helloween will be joining them. Also added to the bill is New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band Blitzkrieg and Swedish glam metal band Fatal Smile. The event is scheduled to take place in Prestatyn, Wales at the Pontins resort from December 3rd-5th.

The lineup now features the following bands: More...

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Helloween Begins Recording New Album

German power metal veterans Helloween has announced that they have returned to the studio to begin recording their next studio album. A message from bass player Markus Grosskopf reads as follows:

"For all those out there who found our special Best-Of ,Unarmed, to be too smooth and calm, I have a great news: The new album will hit you right in the face! It´s gonna be very heavy and contain all Helloween trademarks! Some songs are very powerful and hymnic, others contain the fastest bass drum patterns our drummer Dani ever played, and this means a lot! I am really excited about the material we brought together and can´t wait to put my bass tracks on those kick ass Metal songs!"

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