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From: Hamburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active
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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 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 He has since been replaced by Rawhead Rexx drummer Dani Loeble.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.
Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (Helloween, U.D.O., Running Wild) has recently become available and will be rejoining legendary German metallers Accept for the 2005 summer festivals. Stefan has performed with the band since the "good old days" when he replaced original drummer Stefan Kaufmann. This officially finalizes the group's summer touring lineup which includes original members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Wolf Hoffmann (guitar), Herman Frank (guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass). Rehearsals are scheduled for March and April in Hannover, Germany.
Upcoming Accept shows:
May 15 Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 04 Bergum, NETH @ Waldrock
Jun. 09 Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 12 Bologna, ITA @ Gods Of Metal
Jun. 24 Belgium @ Graspop
Jul. 17 Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Festival
Jul. 29 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX
Jul. 30 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX
Jul. 31 Osaka, JPN @ Namba Hatch
Aug. 02 Nagoya, JPN @ Diamont Hall
Aug. 4–6 Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13 Spain @ Cumpo de futbol
Aug. Switzerland @ TBA
German power metallers HELLOWEEN have amicably parted ways with drummer Stefan Schwarzmann. The former RUNNING WILD/U.D.O. drummer, who played the drums during the pumpkinheads' "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" world tour, will not be playing for the Hamburg-based band any longer. During the tour it became apparent to Stefan and to the rest of the members of HELLOWEEN that, although things were going extremely well on the human side of things, Stefan and the band did not entirely share the same views musically. Stefan decided to stay to help out the band during their pre-production for the new studio album until a replacement was found.
Dani Löble, highly acclaimed ex-drummer of RAWHEAD REXX, turned out to be the perfect man for HELLOWEEN. Dani, an exceptional talent known to many musical insiders, has already finished most of the drum recordings for HELLOWEEN's follow-up album to "Rabbit Don't Come Easy". HELLOWEEN fans can anticipate awe-inspiring loads of double-bass madness and the trademark HELLOWEEN style of songs and arrangements on their upcoming album
Michael Schenker has now finished recording new album 'Tales Of Rock 'N' Roll'. It will feature 18 songs in all, with a number of singers guesting. These include Gary Barden and Robin MacAuly.
Armageddon Music have announced a March 21 release date for the "Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" 3-CD set. The package will feature more than 220 minutes and 38 bands, along with liner notes, photos and information about the annual German metal festival. Here is the complete track listing:
01. ANTHRAX - "Indians"
02. ANTHRAX - "Only"
03. DESTRUCTION - "Nailed To The Cross"
04. CHILDREN OF BODOM - "Sixpounder"
05. CANNIBAL CORPSE - "Dormant Bodies Bursting"
06. MAYHEM - "Pargans Fears"
07. DEATH ANGEL - "Thicker Than Blood"
08. UNLEASHED - "To Asgaard We Fly"
09. ORPHANAGE - "Five Crystals"
10. EKTOMORF - "I Know Them"
11. EKTOMORF - "Destroy"
12. BAL-SAGOTH - "The Emperial Lexicon"
13. MNEMIC - "Ghost"
14. CATHEDRAL - "Stained Glass Horizon"
15. NEVERMORE - "Enemies Of Reality"
Disc 2: More...
Acclaimed German producer/engineer Charlie Bauerfeind (Saxon, Hammerfall, Rage, Blind Guardian) has posted the following update at his official web site:
"Finally we started the pre-production phase of the next Helloween record about a week ago. The guys are already in songwriting and rehearsal mode since [last] month and are working very hard to shape up some truly great songs. I joined them for the first time on 24th of November in their rehearsal room and got some great vibes. Sascha (Gerstner, guitar) and Stefan (Schwarzmann, drums) seem to be solidly integrated now into Helloween and everything was sounding really tight. The keyboards also melt very well into the sound-picture. German keyboard veteran Friedl Amon, who used to mastermind hardrock/'metal' shootingstar formation Revolver in the early '80s, adds some great stuff to the lot. He will handle the keyboard arrangements at his studio in Germany throughout the next months.
"I think we're gonna be starting to record the basic tracks at around middle of December and after a short Christmas break, commence our work 'till March 2005."
Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath recently spoke to the band's webmaster, Tony Webster, about several topics, including the current progress of the writing phase of their new album. Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Tony Webster: "So what is the band up to?"
Michael Weikath: "We are at rehearsals and collecting material and such. Citing some of the stuff we have and we are listening to the demos everybody has. We are in the middle of arranging stuff. This is kind of the pre-production that we're actually doing this time around and on the November 20th Charlie will come around and do an actual pre-production of the album with what we have so far. I don't know how many tracks we have total. So far we have around 9 songs done and we will continue two and a half weeks more. We will have around 13 tracks for the album and this time everybody is convinced that these songs are great, unlike when I gave the interview for the Dark Ride because we now have good stuff everybody in the band likes. Sascha had some great stuff, in fact everybody came up with great stuff for this album and everybody likes everybody's compositions for the album. I also like the stuff I came up with. We're just working on these songs. Charlie will come in soon and tear everything apart and do a pre-production before the actual production. We also have a new keyboard player here to come up with good ideas and some atmosphereic ideas and he is trying to find an approach of how we work and what we do. He has been playing in bands in Germany for 30 years, he never got famous or anything but he is a top notch keyboard player. He's just like very very clever with what he knows about music and knows a lot about music and he also has produced other bands and projects and he is a friend of Sascha and he said we should ask him to help us. He was also in a German band in 1981 which went to Japan and had great things going for them, they won some contests etc. They were in the English metal charts for 2 months and then they became unlucky because the producer was interested in other things. So this band which began with some much hope and had been so strong did not come along because of stupid misunderstandings and timing or whatever. Its odd but they could have made it from what I know, and its odd that band never emerged and now we have the keyboarder of that band. His name is Friedl."
Read the full article at Helloween.
Helloween signs a new contract with Steamhammer / SPV The Hamburg, Germany native band which began in the 80's is one of the world's most successful acts, and their style has influenced countless bands over the course of 18 album releases. Helloween is one of the world's biggest live acts, and once again proved it at the Wacken Open Air in front of 40,000 excited fans. In 1987/1988, Helloween were under SPV distribution and brought Manfred Schuetz and SPV the house's first Gold albums for German sales - for 250,000 sold - for the metal masterpieces "Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 1&2."
Original band member Michael Weikath: "SPV was our cornerstone and that is the basis of a successful partnership." SPV Managing Director: "Helloween is one of the first metal acts that brought the high standard of German heavy metal to the entire world. The amazing success of the first two Gold albums has stayed with me as one of my happiest memories and I'm proud that Helloween have signed directly to us at SPV/Steamhammer for the world."
The band will enter the studio together with producer Charlie Bauerfeind at the end of 2004 and begin the new album. The release is planned for Summer 2005, followed by a world tour for October 2005.
Original Helloween guitarist/co-founder Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) made a surprise guest appearance during Helloween's performance at this past weekend's Wacken Open Air festival, joining the band for the last two songs of their set, "How Many Tears" and "Future World." Pictures of this special occasion can be viewed here (courtesy of Bright-Eyes.de).
The Wacken show marked the end of Helloween's summer festival tour. The band plan on returning to the studio in October to start writing a new studio album. A DVD collection of all the band's promotion-videos, plus some additional unreleased footage, entitled "Hellish Videos," is currently in the works.
More live photos of bands performing at the Earthshaker Festival in Germany this past weekend have been posted online here.
Among the bands that appeared were Destruction, U.D.O., In Flames, Helloween and Primal Fear.
Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers and bassist Mat Sinner will soon start recording their parts for Renato Tribuzy's new album, "Execution."
The musicians met up in Rio de Janeiro, during Primal Fear’s recent Brazilian date in support of their "Devil’s Ground" album, where they talked about the final recording details.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickenson recorded his parts for the album in April in Los Angeles with producer/guitarist Roy Z, who is also performing on the record.
Execution also features the following list of performers: Michael Kiske (Supared, ex-Helloween), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Magnus Rosén (Hammerfall), Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and Marco Barzo (Thoten).
World-class player Mark Cross (ex-Helloween, Metalium) is the new drummer for Winters Bane, and will be performing on the band's upcoming album, to be released later this year. Mark's stellar drumming will add a new dimension to the Winters Bane sound, propelling their new songs to greater heights.
With Mark Cross and vocalist Alexander Koch (ex-Powergod) joining founding members Lou St. Paul (guitars) and Dennis Hayes (bass), Winters Bane's strongest lineup is now in place. The band is very confident that their new album will surpass the material on their classic "Heart Of A Killer" opus, which featured Tim Owens (ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth) on vocals.
Winters Bane is currently in the studio, with rhythm guitars already finished and drum tracks to be recorded later this month.
MICHAEL KISKE, formerly of Helloween, has finished recording his parts on Execution, RENATO TRIBUZY's new album. Kiske sings on "Absolution", a song lasting ten minutes, that tells about the effort of a celestial creature (performed by Michael) to save the soul of an infernal creature (performed by Tribuzy) in his dying moment. Execution is scheduled to be released by the end-2004.
The 2004 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival is set to take place June 10th - 12th in Solvesborg, Sweden. Organizers have announced the addition of more bands to the bill for the festival. Newly added acts include: HELLOWEEN, TESTAMENT, IN FLAMES, ASTRAL DOORS and GRAND MAGUS.
The list of confirmed bands for Sweden Rock 2004 is as follows: More...
Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany.
According to an official newsletter from the festival's organizers, next year's event will be a celebration of the festival's 15th anniversary with special performances by "new hits, old hits, reunions, newcomers and top acts."
The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
HELLOWEEN are one of the founders, and still one of the most popular bands, of the German rock and heavy metal scene. Managing to become one of the few German bands to break through in the U.S. they went on to sell over a million records with such classics as Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 1 and Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 in North America alone. Today they are still one of the leading acts in their genre, earning gold and platinum awards in many countries, as well as having all their albums hit the top 20 in the German music charts. Don’t you dare miss this rare occasion.
Here are the planned tour dates: More...