Band Photo: Helloween (?)
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.
HELLOWEEN's twelfth studio album, "Gambling with the Devil", has entered the International Album Chart in Japan at position No. 3.
A six-minute EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for "Gambling with the Devil" can be viewed below.
The regular "Gambling with the Devil" album consists of eleven songs (plus an intro, spoken by SAXON's Biff Byford) with a total playing time of 57 minutes and 40 seconds. For their many faithful fans, there is also a limited first edition (40,000 units in a digipak with an embossed and stamped slipcase to be released in Europe, and 10,000 units in a jewel case in the U.S.) with a bonus CD featuring two extra tracks, the video for the first single "As Long As I Fall", and a "making-of" of the video, including interview sequences. As a special highlight, the first edition includes a scratch ticket with an exciting puzzle, as described in detail on the HELLOWEEN homepage. The solution to the puzzle allows you to register at Helloween.org and take part in a draw with a sensational first prize: The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to a HELLOWEEN show in America — including flight, accommodation at the band hotel, backstage tickets, and, of course, a personal meeting with the band! There are also signed Gibson/Epiphone guitars and great fan packs to be won.
Under the direction of producer Charlie Bauerfeind, HELLOWEEN recorded a total of 16 songs at the Mi Sueno studios in Tenerife. The focal point of this diverse album is a three-part epos consisting of the chapters "The Bells of the Seven Hells", "Falling to Pieces" and "I.M.E.", which represent the ambiguous album title that thematically covers all the songs. "At the end of the day, life is a gamble with the devil," singer Andi Deris explains. The cover artwork was designed by Martin Häusler ("Keeper of the Seven Keys – The Legacy" and "Live on 3 Continents") again.
The "Hellish Rock" tour of Europe is scheduled to start in mid-November 2007, supported by top act GAMMA RAY. Apart from a few festival appearances, this will be the first joint tour by HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY. More...
Harris Bakopoulos from Greece's Rockpages.gr webzine recently conducted an interview with HELLOWEEN vocalist Andi Deris during the band's promotional tour for their new album, Gambling With The Devil.
During their chat, Kai Hansen's name came up. Kai played guitar in Helloween on the self-titled debut EP and first four albums: Walls Of Jericho, Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I and II, Live In The UK. After leaving Helloween, Hansen formed GAMMA RAY, who just happen to be hitting the road with Helloween for four months from November '07 to February '08.
Rockpages.gr: The relationship of the band with Kai Hansen seems very healthy nowadays. Helloween has a great and strong lineup which makes clear that there’s no need for a reunion. On the other hand, the fact that Helloween and Gamma Ray are touring together makes some people wonder if the next step is that Kai will return in the band and Helloween continues as a six-member band like IRON MAIDEN did for example. Has this ever crossed your mind and would it ever be possible?
Andi Deris: "First of all, our relationship with Kai Hansen was always healthy. It’s just that now we have the chance to show it to the public. Our rehearsal rooms in Hamburg Germany) are like 15 meters from each other, they even made photos of them and still the fans did not believe it. Now, as far as Kai Hansen returning or not... there’s always room for speculations. Personally, I would say that it will not happen simply because Kai left the band because of too much stress. And I can imagine that Kai will be completely fucked up and stressed out after this tour because he’s playing on nearly every show of the Helloween world tour, so I already know that he will be nearly 'destroyed' after the tour. It’s too much for him, I know that he doesn’t like touring. One of the main reasons for his decision to leave Helloween was too much stress. So, I don’t see him coming back to Helloween in these days when there’s even more stress than during the '80s. Nowadays the world tour is much longer. So, I cannot imagine that this will happen, maybe only as a guest musician and with guest appearances and not as a constant member of a band who’s traveling all around the world again. I know him a little bit..."
A six-minute EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for HELLOWEEN's twelfth studio album, "Gambling with the Devil", can be viewed here.
The regular "Gambling with the Devil" album consists of eleven songs (plus an intro, spoken by SAXON's Biff Byford) with a total playing time of 57 minutes and 40 seconds. For their many faithful fans, there is also a limited first edition (40,000 units in a digipak with an embossed and stamped slipcase to be released in Europe, and 10,000 units in a jewel case in the U.S.) with a bonus CD featuring two extra tracks, the video for the first single "As Long As I Fall", and a "making-of" of the video, including interview sequences. As a special highlight, the first edition includes a scratch ticket with an exciting puzzle, as described in detail on the HELLOWEEN homepage. The solution to the puzzle allows you to register at Helloween.org and take part in a draw with a sensational first prize: The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to a HELLOWEEN show in America — including flight, accommodation at the band hotel, backstage tickets, and, of course, a personal meeting with the band! There are also signed Gibson/Epiphone guitars and great fan packs to be won. More...
Female singer Ana Mladinovici of the Romanian symphonic metal band MAGICA will be a guest on the Hellish Rock Tour featuring HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and AXXIS. Ana will join AXXIS on stage to sing several songs alongside the band's regular vocalist Bernard Weiss.
MAGICA recently finished filming a video for the song "Entangled". Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.
"Entangled" comes off MAGICA's third album, "Hereafter", which was released on October 19 via AFM Records. The cover artwork was created by Jean Pascal Fournier, who has previously worked with EDGUY and AVANTASIA, among many others. A video for the song "All Waters Have the Colour of Drowning", which will be included on the forthcoming CD, is available for viewing here. More...
HELLOWEEN have launched a new official website to coincide with the release of their new album, Gambling With The Devil. Go to www.helloween.org/band to check it out.
In addition, the band has issued the following update:
"The Official Helloween Fanclub in the traditional form with a printed newsletter will be closed soon. Trying to make fans all over the world happy, snail mail and it’s long delivering times simply did not lead to satisfying results anymore.
We are considering to move the Fanclub to a members only section on the band’s Homepage. This special premium section for registered Fanclub members could offer different attractions such as rare downloads, exclusive pictures, short mpeg movies directly from the studio, or delivering you impressions from the band being on the road. Further, we plan to offer exclusive Fanclub-T-shirts, possible meet & greets with the band at concerts as well as reduced prices on merchandise and concert tickets.
Now it’s up to you, the Helloween-fans!
Please let us know your opinion and suggestions on this subject. Visit the Fanclub page to send your comments to our opinion poll."
Finnish Metal Events, the parent company behind world renown Tuska Festival and Finnish Metal Expo, presents the biggest ever SONATA ARCTICA show in Helsinki, Finland.
On December 29th, the Kemi-based sextet takes the Cable Factory in Helsinki by blizzard, showcasing unforeseen special effects and unhindered Northern glory.
In addition this, Finnish Metal Events will also present the long-awaited resurgence of NIGHTWISH in Helsinki. The new and improved Nightwish will perform at the Helsinki Icehall on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2008.
If that’s not enough, the very best of German power metal, namely HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and AXXIS will storm the stage of the Cable Factory on December 11th in yet another Finnish Metal Events extravaganza.
All this is merely foreplay to the fourth annual Finnish Metal Expo during February 15th - 16th, a weekend of total carnage and metal mayhem, consisting of live bands, instrument clinics and the expo area.
German melodic metallers HELLOWEEN have commenced the mixing sessions for their 12th studio LP, tentatively titled "Gambling with the Devil". The CD was recorded at singer Andi Deris' Mi Sueno Studios in Tenerife, Spain with longtime producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON). A Halloween (October 31) release is expected via SPV Records.
HELLOWEEN will team up with GAMMA RAY for the "Hellish Rock" tour beginning November 16 in Budapest, Hungary. Support on select dates will come from AXXIS.
Apart from very few festival appearances, this will be the first time ever HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY have toured together. In addition, it is extremely likely that Kai Hansen — GAMMA RAY leader and ex-HELLOWEEN member — will join his former bandmates for a jam on classic HELLOWEEN numbers.
Commented HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath: "This is going to be a historical event for all HELLOWEEN fans. We are looking forward to have Kai and his band on our tour with us."
Plans also exist to take this powerful package to the territories of Southeast Asia, as well as North and South America.
Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.
Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.
The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.
Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...
More dates have been added to HELLOWEEN's upcoming "Hellish Rock 2007/2008", with GAMMA RAY and AXXIS (supporting on select dates). Here are the confirmed dates:
* w/ AXXIS
Nov. 16 - Budapest, Hungary - Petofi Hall
Nov. 17 - Belgrade, Serbia - Hala Sportova
Nov. 18 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Festivalna Hall
Nov. 19 - Bucharest, Romania - Agronomia Sport Hall
Nov. 21 - Istanbul, Turkey - TBA
Nov. 23 - Thesaloniki, Greece - Principal
Nov. 24 - Athens, Greece - Olympic Properties Arena
Nov. 27 - Rome, Italy - Tendastrisce *
Nov. 28 - Milano, Italy - Alcatraz *
Nov. 29 - Dietikon, Switzerland - Stadthalle *
Dec. 1 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Stadthalle *
Dec. 2 - Bremen, Germany - Aladin *
Dec. 4 - Goteborg, Sweden - Liseberghallen *
Dec. 5 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller *
Dec. 7 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet *
Dec. 8 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arenan *
Dec. 10 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone *
Dec. 11 - Helsinki, Finland - Kaapelitehdas *
Dec. 14 - Plzen, Czech Republic - Hala Lokovotiva
Dec. 15 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Hala Novesta
Dec. 16 - Pardubice, Czech Republic - CEZ Arena
Dec. 18 - Kosice, Slovakia - Cassosport Sport Hall
Dec. 19 - Bratislava, Slovakia - PKO
Dec. 21 - Langen, Germany - Stadthalle *
Dec. 22 - Kaufbeuren, Germany - All Karthalle *
Jan. 6 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmatre *
Jan. 7 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 *
Jan. 8 - London, England - The Forum *
Jan. 10 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo *
Jan. 11 - Tuttlingen, Germany - Alte Festhalle *
Jan. 12 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Europahalle (Knock Out Festival)
Jan. 13 - Oberhausen - Germany - Turbinenhalle *
A press release previously stated that "apart from very few festival appearances, this will be the first time ever both bands touring together and bears the possibility of Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY leader and ex- HELLOWEEN member) entering the stage to jam one or the other classic HELLOWEEN song with his former band mates!"
"This is going to be a historical event for all HELLOWEEN fans, we are looking forward to have Kai and his band on our tour with us," stated HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath.
It is also planned, but not confirmed, to expand this promising package to the territories of South East Asia, North and South America.
Zonda Books has posted this press release:
Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.
Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.
In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.
Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.
Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.
Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!
The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...
And that's just some of the "A"'s!
Shortly after the departure of singer Jorn Lande, drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween) has also left Masterplan, the German melodic metal band he formed with guitarist Roland Grapow. An official announcement on the matter is expected shortly...
Masterplan recently began recording its third album — the group's first without singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure in early May. The band's final show with Lande took place on August 8 at Lokersefeesten in Belgium. More...
HELLOWEEN's tour manager, Nikolas Krofta of Bottom Row Promotion, has issued the following statement:
"Due to unforeseen logistical and organizational problems, the German melodic metal act HELLOWEEN unfortunately has to call off the planned USA shows and the BW&BK festival in Montreal. Despite good advance ticket sales (where pre-sales already where available), North American organizers of the tour could not guarantee an economical and adequate routing of the tour. Therefore a consequent cancellation two months before tour start seemed the band management to be the fairest for fans and promoters at this point.
"The band apologizes for this cancellation but under these circumstances they could not guarantee a proper show for their fans. Instead HELLOWEEN will include the North American market on their next 2007/2008 world tour to present their full show under best possible conditions."
Swedish death metal legends Grave and German rockers Kingdom Come are the latest additions to the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend IV - Back For More, which is being held in Montreal, Canada on October 13th and 14th, 2006 at Le Medley.
Grave, who will perform on October 14th (the Night Of Extreme Metal), will release their new album, "As Rapture Comes," in Europe on July 24th, and July 25 in North America via Century Media Records. Recorded in Studio Soulless in Stockholm, Sweden and mixed by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) in The Abyss Studio, the band says As Rapture Comes contains "the most brutal songs and sound that we have ever created." Head to Brave Tunes on the right hand side of BWBK.com to listen to the song 'By Demons Bred' from the band’s forthcoming release As Rapture Comes.
Confirmed acts for the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend IV - Back For More are as follows:
Friday, October 13th: Night Of Power - Helloween, Kingdom Come
Saturday, October 14th: Night Of Extreme Metal - Testament, Grave
More acts will be confirmed soon. Tickets are on sale now at TicketPro.ca for $34.99 CDN (plus applicable taxes). For more information visit the official website for the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend IV - Back For More at BWBK6pack.com.
Following their extremely successful world tour, German Power metallers Helloween have announced the impending release of a double DVD, filmed during live shows in Sofia, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. In Sao Paulo alone, Helloween played in front of over 6000 enthusiastic fans. Alongside the live footage, the double DVD will include lots of exciting bonus material - release date to be announced by SPV in the coming weeks.
Furthermore, Helloween will present an excellent best-of set at the upcoming summer festivals, featuring all their important hits, including the odd cult number, performed for the first time by the current line-up - definitely something to look forward to!!
Here are the current summer festival dates in Europe:
Norwegian legends MAYHEM have been confirmed for the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with a total of 5,000 tickets available, priced at 666 SEK.
HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans has teamed up with former Helloween and current Masterplan drummer Uli Kusch to write a song for the upcoming soccer world championship. Entitled "Glorious," the song will feature Swedish singer Mikeyla as the main vocalist, with special guest appearances by Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Tobias Sammet (EDGUY), Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN) and Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL). The production is taking place in Sweden April 24-25. More...
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. DEATH ANGEL's performance at the festival will mark their only live apperance on German soil this year and they will perform a special setlist with many songs they haven't played in ages.
So far, the following bands have been confirmed: More...
Ministry and Helloween have been confirmed as the headliners of the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with 5,000 tickets scheduled to be released on February 16, priced at 666 SEK!
For more information (in Swedish), visit www.gatesofmetal.se.
The Helloween and Primal Fear show on January 12th in Szczecin (PL) has been moved to Posen/Hala Arena (PL)!
Primal Fear and Helloween will also join forces for a Japanese tour in late February/early March. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Feb. 24 Hiroshima, JPN - Club Quattro
Feb. 26 Osaka, JPN - Zepp Osaka
Feb. 27 Fukuoka, JPN - Zepp Fukuoka
Mar. 01 Tokyo, JPN - Zepp Tokyo
Mar. 03 Nagoya, JPN - Zepp Nagoya
Mar. 04 Tokyo, JPN - Zepp Tokyo
Mar. 05 Kawasaki, JPN - Club Citta
Primal Fear have also been confirmed for the Bloodstock 2006, set to take place September 29-30, 2006 at at the Assembly Rooms in Derbyshire, England.
HELLOWEEN's entire pre-Nuclear Blast catalog will be reissued via Sanctuary during 2006. The albums will apparently be remastered and will contain bonus tracks, including b-sides and other rarities. The first four albums to be reissued — "Walls of Jericho" (1985) (double CD), "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I" (1987) (single CD), "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II" (1988) (double CD) and "Pink Bubbles Go Ape" (1991) (single CD) — will feature the following track listing: