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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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Thrash Metal Book To Surface In September

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!

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Masterplan Drummer Leaves

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...

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Helloween Cancels North American Tour

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."

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Grave To Perform At BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend IV

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.

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Helloween Reveal Plans For Live DVD

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:

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Mayhem Confirmed For Gates of Metal Festival

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):

AMORPHIS
DISMEMBER
HAMMERFALL
HELLOWEEN
LUMSK
MACHINE MEN
MAYHEM
MINISTRY
NAGLFAR
NARNIA
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
RED HARVEST
SAVAGE CIRCUS
THRYFING

Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with a total of 5,000 tickets available, priced at 666 SEK.

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Hammerfall Write A World Soccer Championship Song

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...

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Death Angel Added To Bang Your Head Festival

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...

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Ministry, Helloween To Headline Gates Of Metal

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:

Ministry
Helloween
Amorphis
Savage Circus
Lumsk
Thryfing

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.

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Primal Fear, Helloween Japanese Venue Moved

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.

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Helloween Expanded Edition Reissues Details

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:

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Last Week's New Metal Releases Sales Numbers

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending November 15, 2005, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest ten, except numbers between 1,000 and 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; and numbers above 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest thousand):

NONPOINT - "To the Pain": 9,000
HELLOWEEN - "Keeper of the Seven Keys - The Legacy": 1,700
ANNIHILATOR - "Schizo Deluxe": 340
UFO - "Showtime" CD: 560
UFO – "Showtime" DVD: 500
SEPULTURA - "Live In Sao Paulo" CD: 410
SEPULTURA - "Live In Sao Paulo" DVD: 350
VENOM - "MMV" (4-CD Box Set): 80

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Helloween Frontman Speaks Out

Hellowen frontman, Andy Deris (ex-Pink Cream 69), recently did an interview with Metal Temple magazine. Deris spoke about the band’s brand new album, "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy", which is due for release via SPV on October 28th, 2005 in Germany and on October 31st, 2005 in the rest of Europe. A US-release will follow on November 8th, 2005. The interview can be read at the following, http://www.metal-temple.com/interview.asp?id=210

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Primal Fear To Tour With Helloween

Primal Fear will join forces with German metal legends Helloween for their upcoming "Keeper of the Seven Keys" tour. Primal Fear will appear as "Very Special Guests" and will play an full hour show in support of the forthcoming "Seven Seals" album. There will be an opening act on several locations.

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Helloween To Release Video Collection DVD

The highly influential heavy metal band Helloween will release "Hellish Videos: The Complete Video Collection" on DVD on August 16, 2005, through Sanctuary Visual Entertainment. This DVD, compiled and produced by vocalist Andi Deris, features all the promotional videos ever made by the band.

The 13 tracks include: "Halloween," "I Want Out," "Kids Of The Century," "When The Sinner," "Mr. Ego," "Where The Rain Grows," "Perfect Gentleman," "Power," "The Time Of The Oath," "Forever And One (Neverland)" "I Can," "If I Could Fly" and "Just A Little Sign." These videos appropriately reflect Helloween's musical diversity. The stark, enigmatic "Halloween" shows the band performing in the middle of a forest while "Just A Little Sign" features state-of-the-art, space-themed animation.

Bonus extras include a live version of "Hey Lord!" as well as a photo gallery and behind-the-scenes tour outtakes.

Helloween was formed in Hamburg, Germany. The band quickly earned acclaim and became a major influence in 1980s heavy metal by creating a style known as power metal. Massive success followed, especially in Europe and Japan. Helloween has weathered and overcame tragedy and lineup changes to solidify its position as the world's leading practitioner of power metal for more than 20 years.

The clips gathered on "Hellish Videos: The Complete Video Collection" are for songs from genre-defining albums like "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 1," "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 2," "Pink Bubbles Go Ape," "Chameleon," "Master Of The Rings," "The Time Of The Oath," "Better Than Raw," "The Dark Ride" and "Rabbit Don't Come Easy."

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Bloodstock 2005 Nearing Final Lineup

The lineup is close to finalized for Bloodstock 2005 at the Assembly Rooms on 2nd-3rd September. As it stands, there is a wide mix of Thrash, Gothic, Doom, Heavy, Classic, Femme, Power, Metal, and more. The lineup is looking like this:

Friday 2nd September 2005 (Doors 4.00pm) - BATTLE METAL NIGHT

MAIN HALL:

HAMMERFALL (headline)
STORMWARRIOR (+ Kai Hansen exclusive Helloween set)
METALIUM
RECKLESS TIDE
SUIDAKRA

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Ex-Helloween Frontman To Guest On Edguy Album

Edguy's upcoming EP "Superheroes," due on September 5, will feature a special guest appearance by former Helloween frontman Michael Kiske.

Edguy singer Tobias Sammet comments:

One of the tracks is a bombastic uptempo epic that's reminiscent of a mixture of heavy Queen, Richard Wagner and Avantasia. So it was a MUST to ask Michael Kiske to do some guest vocals.To me, music is about goose bumps, and I had a lot when listening to Michi! To make it fair, we have decided that the CD shall be out in stores for the price of a CD single only! So make sure you persuade your friends that they buy it and don't copy it, maybe quality and value for money could be a promising kind of 'copy-protection!

The "Superheroes" DVD — also due on September 5 — will contain the brand new video clip 'Superheroes', a couple of songs filmed live in Brazil, plenty of "behind-the-scenes" footage, a slide show, an extensive studio report with interviews and a chance to follow Edguy backstage. "Our fans will love the fun part of it and I'm sure to them it's a classic," states Sammet. "And I am sure Edguy haters will hate us even more and will think we are a bunch of wanna-be-funny-gay-idiots."

The DVD will have a running time of approximately 80 minutes and will be available for the price of a DVD-single as well.

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Helloween Announce New Album Title

The new Helloween studio album will be titled "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy" and will be released on the 31st of October 2005. The new Helloween songs inherit elements that connect to the lyrical concept of the first two highly successful 'Keeper OF The Seven Keys' albums. The new Helloween compositions offer intricate arrangements, many speed changes, gifted drum breaks and epic sounds. A renewed team spirit prevailing during pre-production encouraged the band members to hold intense rehearsal room sessions with a fresh inspiration, resulting in the band choosing "Keeper of The Seven Keys - The Legacy" as the title for their new album. The 'Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006', is set for November 18th 2005 and will lead the band around the globe for roughly six months.

The first single from the yet-to-be-titled new Helloween studio album (release date October 31st) will be called "Mrs. God” (release date July 4th, Southeast Asia July 6th).

Apart from the title track, the single will contain various bonus features such as an exclusive non album track, one album track and the video for “Mrs. God”, which will be shot in Nueremberg / Germany beginning of May.

Due to a strong positive development of said track during the recording sessions, the band spontaneously decided to favor “Mrs. God” over the previously selected track “Come Alive”.

On November 18th, their world tour will kick off in the Czech Republic. Europe will be toured extensively until end of January; in February the band will be playing in Asia, followed by concerts in North and South America from March on.

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Helloween Reveal New Single Details

Contrary to earlier reports, the first single from the yet to be titled new HELLOWEEN studio album (release date October 31st) will now be 'Mrs. God' (release date July 4th, Southeast Asia July 6th). Apart from the title track, the single will contain various bonus features such as an exclusive non album track, one album track and the video for 'Mrs. God', which will be shot in Nueremberg, Germany beginning of May.

Due to a strong positive development of said track during the recording sessions, the band spontaneously decided to favor 'Mrs. God' over the previously selected track 'Come Alive'.

On November 18th, their world tour will kick off in the Czech Republic. Europe will be toured extensively until end of January; in February the band will be playing in Asia, followed by concerts in North and South America from March on.

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New Helloween Band Photos Posted Online

Helloween and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann have parted ways amicably due to musical differences. He has since been replaced by Rawhead Rexx drummer Dani Loeble. New band pictures can be viewed at http://www.helloween.org/news.html and http://www.helloween.org/index2.html.

Loeble has reportedly finished most of the drum recordings for the follow-up to "Rabbit Don't Come Easy." The as-yet-untitled album will be released through SPV later this year.

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