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HELLOWEEN – Guitarist Sascha Gerstner

March 10th, 2016

HELLOWEEN – Guitarist Sascha Gerstner
INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Helloween is a German metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg. The band is one of the pioneers of power metal and their albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS I & II and THE TIME OF THE OATH are considered masterpieces of the genre. Throughout the years, the band has gone through numerous changes, but the current line-up of vocalist Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, bassist Markus Grosskopf and drummer Daniel Löble has been stable since 2005. The band started their ongoing MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT world tour in June 2015, and now the circus mad a stop in Finland in February.

During the years I’ve interviewed almost all current and former members of Helloween but for one reason or another I’ve always missed Sascha Gerstner. Fortunately, things now changed as I finally met with a good-humored Sascha at the hotel prior the show. Among many topics, we discussed about his long career with Helloween and…. many other things in general. Sascha turned out to be really genial and humorous person. I’m sure that some metal fans will find it surprising when they read about his musical influences and how his relationship was with Helloween and with the whole metal genre before joining the band. Read on!

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Helloween + Rage + Crimes of Passion @ The Forum, London

February 21st, 2016

Helloween + Rage + Crimes of Passion

@ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

3rd February 2016

Review by Oliver M.

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Helloween + Rage live at the Circus, Helsinki

February 17th, 2016

 Helloween + Rage live at the Circus, Helsinki

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THE CIRCUS, HELSINKI

14.02 2016

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

When two German power metal legends join forces to tour, it is always a positive thing, at least for the fans. Helloween is one of the most popular bands in their genre, and the band released its 16’th studio album MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT in May of 2015. The band is a familiar visitor to Finland, and they have played here almost every year for the past 10 years. Rage, in turn, has undergone major changes in recent times. The band’s previous visit to Finland was in 2006, ten years ago, so this was set to be an interesting event for fans of both bands. 

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HELLOWEEN announce select North American dates in 2016!

July 30th, 2015
HELLOWEEN: “Battle’s Won” (single)

HELLOWEEN: “Battle’s Won” (single)

HELLOWEEN, the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal, will return to North America to play select dates in 2016! The band will be supporting the release of their 15th studio album, My God-Given Right, which has cemented the pumpkin heads as one of the most influential and successful acts of the global metal scene. Confirmed dates are as follows:
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  • 02/28/16              Corona Theatre – Montreal, QUE
  • 02/29/16              Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QUE
  • 03/01/16              Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
  • 03/03/16              Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
  • 03/04/16              Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL
  • 03/06/16              Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
  • 03/07/16              The Avalon – Hollywood, CA

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HELLOWEEN: New Single and Album Out

June 6th, 2015
Helloween - My God-Given Right

Helloween – My God-Given Right

HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right, which is now available world-wide, the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.

HELLOWEEN has released a shareable video track for the brand new single “Stay Crazy” and can be seen below.

My God-Given Right was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the bands very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties. The enchanting artwork was once again created by graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) and will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.

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HELLOWEEN: Third Track-By-Track Trailer for “My God-Given Right” Released

May 30th, 2015

HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right (May 29th EU, June 1st UK and June 2nd US) the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.

Today, HELLOWEEN has revealed the third out of four track-by-track trailers. Listen to song snippets and comments on the tracks‘Creatures In Heaven’, ‘If God Loves Rock’n’Roll’, ‘Living On The Edge’, ‘Claws’, ‘You, Still Of War’ here:

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HELLOWEEN: First Track-By-Track Trailer for “My God-Given Right” Released

May 23rd, 2015

HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right (May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US)) the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.

Today, HELLOWEEN has revealed the first out of four track-by-track trailers. Listen to song snippets and comments on the tracks ‘Heroes‘, ‘Battle’s Won’, ‘My God-Given Right’ and ‘Stay Crazy’ here:

Watch the new video-clip for “My God-Given Right” here:

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HELLOWEEN – Vocalist Andi Deris

May 20th, 2015

HELLOWEEN – Vocalist Andi Deris
Helloween 2015

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA

Helloween is a German band founded in 1984 in Hamburg. The band is one of the pioneers of the power metal genre and their albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS I & II, MASTER OF THE RINGS and THE TIME OF THE OATH are considered masterpieces of the genre. The band has gone through numerous changes, but the current line-up, singer Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, bass guitarist Markus Grosskopf, and drummer Daniel Löble has been stable since 2005. Helloween releases its 15th studio album titled MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT on 25th of May. Andi Deris visited Helsinki in April to promote the forthcoming album, and here’s what the man had to say about the album, its creation process, the future/past, and about life in general. Read on!

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HELLOWEEN – premiere new music video for ‘My God-Given Right’

May 18th, 2015

Helloween - My God-Given Right

Helloween – My God-Given Right

Here is the official music video for the title track from Helloween’s fifteenth studio album, My God-Given Right. Out May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Director Oliver Sommer (AVA Studios) comments:

″The story tells itself with the first look on the artwork: it seems to be a film still and you only have to press the „play“-button…

So the female protagonist flees – reminiscences to different (post)apocalyptic films and stories are deliberated – from an army of robotic pumpkin soldiers through an empty world. On the other side, the band performs in frightfully beautiful, rocked out ambience. When the tough girl realizes, that she won’t escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty… it is immersed in snow on the cover artwork and in sand in the clip. Our post-apocalyptic world is a white desert, which exists in reality in Germany. The industrial disaster area, our hero is fleeing in and the band is performing in, is an incredible and giant area of the ex-steelworks (heavy metal!) Maxhütte – both locations are real wastelands…!″

Get the record here:

http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-GodgivenNB.
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HELLOWEEN: “My God Given Right” Album Trailer Now Available

May 2nd, 2015
Helloween - My God-Given Right

Helloween – My God-Given Right

HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right, due on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US), the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band’s first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career.

Today, HELLOWEEN releases a new album trailer, in which they talk about the background of the record, as well as give insight into their album listening party on the island of Tenerife.

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From Hell’s Heart: Best Album Intros

April 23rd, 2015

From Hells Heart

From Hell’s Heart: Best Album Intros

Some album intros are totally annoying and you always skip them when you put on the album. However, some are excellent, set the mood for the listening experience, and are totally memorable. Those are the ones we focus on for this week.

For our selections, we limit the choices to ALBUM intros, not just any ole song intro. It can be a spoken intro, sound effects, or a shorter musical piece…but is not a “song” or a part of a song, it is a stand alone track on the album. We asked our staff to give us their top 5 selections and some thoughts on them. Check out the results below….

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HELLOWEEN: First Single “Battle’s Won” Out Now + Lyric-Video Available

April 17th, 2015
HELLOWEEN: “Battle’s Won” (single)

HELLOWEEN: “Battle’s Won” (single)

HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right, due on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US), the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band’s first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career.

 

Today HELLOWEEN release their first single Battle’s Won” digitally, which you can order here:
AMZ MP3            http://geni.us/HelloweenBattleAMZMP3

Google Play        http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-BattleGP

NB MP3                http://smarturl.it/HelloweenBattleNBMP3

 

Enjoy the brand-new lyric video of “Battle’s Won” here:

On April 24th the 7 inch will follow. Pre-order it exclusively at the Nuclear Blast Webshop here: http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-GodgivenNB

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Helloween – New album “My God-Given Right”

February 26th, 2015
Helloween - My God-Given Right

Helloween – My God-Given Right

Hi to all the Pumpkinheads!!!

We proudly announce that 30 years after our first self-titled EP, our 15th studio album »My God-Given Right« will be released on May 29th!

Here you can pre-order it exclusively via Nuclear Blast:http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-GodgivenNB

»My God-Given Right« was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the bands very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties.

Once more we feel graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) did an exceptional job, the artwork will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.

Martin Häusler comments his recent creation:
“We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the ”classical HELLOWEEN“ elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other, just like we did it the years before, working on a HELLOWEEN artwork. A first inspiration came from the album title »My God-Given Right« and some of the song titles like ‘Swing Of A Fallen World’, ‘Lost In America’, ‘Battle´s Won’ etc. During my research I stumbled upon the Blockbuster “Day After Tomorrow” and the idea of just leaving the world to the “pumpkins” was born. The most challenging part of this artwork was to have both, the Limited Edition and the 11″ Earbook provided with a 3D-Lenticular-cover (a full 3D cover, visible without 3D glasses). That’s the reason the entire artwork was done ‘in one piece’, using a 3D program…we did not want one of those ‘cheap Lenticular-covers, done by converting a 2d-version’, but the best possible real 3D result: So don’t get any other versions – this will be a true collector’s item!”

Andi states:
”I never know how, but somehow we did it once again…the albums really rocks and kicks some major ass!!! We had the best folks with us to make this possible.
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Martin Häusler, who made a massive 3D artwork this time, WITHOUT stressing the whole color range ;-)”

Adds Michael:
”… this proves what a bit of snow not only is able to, but really causes! I personally hate snow and the cover shows that too much of everything is never good. Just like Andi, I’m very happy about the new album.”

Our most recent studio effort, »Straight Out Of Hell« entered the official German album charts on a sensational #4.
Keeping this high position for five long weeks and charting several other European Top 10 rankings as well as the US Billboard Top 100, »Straight Out Of Hell« is the most successful HELLOWEEN so far.

Thanks for your support, we hope you´ll like the new record as much as we do!!!

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HELLOWEEN – FESTIVAL SUMMER ´14 COMPLETED – STUDIO SESSION BEGINS

August 15th, 2014
HELLOWEEN

HELLOWEEN

After successfully concluding their world-tour in support of the 2013 output »Straight Out Of Hell«, the party has been concluded upon the festival summer.

Clearly no time to sit back & relax, as the pumpkin heads will heading right for their very own MiSueno Studios, located on the isle of Tenerife to start working on the successor of »Straight Out Of Hell« in October. Joining the band to handle production duties will be long-term companion Charlie Bauerfeind. The new album which is set for a release in May 2015 will be the first since HELLOWEEN have inked a new deal with old label home Nuclear Blast, where they released two albums – »The Dark Ride« (2000) and »Rabbit Don’t Come Easy« (2003), both of which have been re-issued with extended bonus material in 2013.

Last but not least, HELLOWEEN would like to send out a big “Thank You” to all the Helloween Maniacs worldwide with some live impressions of the title track of the charting success »Straight Out Of Hell« turned out to be, landing on a sensational #4, their highest German chart entry to date, holding this position for five long weeks. Additionally they made another five Top ten entries in Europe and also cracked the US Billboard Charts.

Clip produced by Randy Cold (https://www.facebook.com/randycold666)

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GAMMA RAY and Rhapsody of Fire live in Helsinki

May 14th, 2014

Tour poster

23’rd of April 2014

CLUB TAVASTIA, HELSINKI

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN

The Gamma Ray / Rhapsody of Fire package tour was certainly one of the most anticipated power metal gigs in the spring in Finland.  Gamma Ray just released their album EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD which is their strongest album in ages and Rhapsody of Fire now finally played in Helsinki for the first time since 2001, so it wasn’t surprising that the show in club Tavastia sold out a long time ago. It left in the air the question of whether the bands should have played more than one gig in Finland this time.

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