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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:

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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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HELLOWEEN – back home again; new contract with Nuclear Blast

March 25th, 2014
HELLOWEEN

HELLOWEEN

Germany’s HELLOWEEN have been one of the most influential and internationally most successful acts of the global Heavy Metal scene and this year the Hamburg-based quintet, founded in 1984, celebrates their 30th anniversary. Their latest studio album »Straight Out Of Hell«, charted at a sensational #4, their highest German chart entry to date, holding this position for five long weeks. Additionally they made anotherfive top ten entries in Europe and also cracked the US Billboard Charts.

Now HELLOWEEN return to their 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 just been re-issued with extended bonus material.

Nuclear Blast are overwhelmed to bring the band back into the fold: “We are more than proud, that HELLOWEEN is part of the Nuclear Blast family again,” Label owner Markus Staiger announces. “All those years we had a friendship-like connection and ways crossed on a regular basis at concerts and festivals. HELLOWEEN to us is a matter of the heart, there’s not only the two records to mention, but an act that influenced me and many of our employees. Together there are big plans and we are looking forward to having another productive and successful cooperation.”

The band itself are equally celebratory. Vocalist Andi Deris: “As a label, Nuclear Blast is “Heavy Metal to the bone”, and we are really looking forward to working together with a lot of familiar faces.”

HELLOWEEN are currently busy working on the successor to »Straight Out Of Hell«, that saw the founders of German Melodic Speed Metals playing a total of 84 shows in 34 different countries. After summer, the band will hit the MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (GOTTHARD, HAMMERFALL etc.) to record a new album set to be released in early 2015.

HELLOWEEN Festival Summer 2014:

2014-05-24 S Metallsvenskan Metallsvenskan
2014-06-27 SLO Piešťany Topfest
2014-06-29 BG Kavarna Kavarna Rock 2014
2014-07-11 D Ballenstedt Rock Harz
2014-07-12 CZ Masters Of Rock Masters Of Rock
2014-07-19 FIN Karjurock Karjurock

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SKOGSROJET Festival 2013 featuring Twisted Sister, Helloween, Lita Ford, Lordi etc…

August 6th, 2013

Skogsrojet

Skogsrojet

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

 Skogsrojet is one of these newer hard rock / metal festivals organized in the promised land of festivals, Sweden. The two day event is held in the outlying village of Rejmyre and the nearest town is Norrkoping about 40 kilometers away. The festival was held for the first time in 2006 and it has been increasing steadily year by year. Last years line-up included Alice Cooper, Doro, Testament and L.A. Guns and now the fans were treated to Twisted Sister, Helloween, Pretty Maids and Lita Ford. As you can see from the list of names, the event organizers rely heavily on traditional hard rock spiced with a few heavier acts. I don’t know if this kind of concept would work anywhere else, but in Sweden, but it works. This year, the festival again gathered thousands of participants who were eager to rock hard!!!

WWW.SKOGSROJET.SE 

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HELLFEST 2013

July 17th, 2013

Hellfest Festival 2013

@ Clisson, France

21st– 23rd June 2013

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe  Hellfest

It may be some people’s epitome of hell, Michael Buble fans I’m looking at you, but for the metal/rock community Hellfest’s towering gateway looks positively pearly. This year’s line-up is so jam-packed that I was looking for the little glass jars and labels. You’d make a fortune if you could bottle any number of the diverse scope of bands on the bill, with the riffs left in natch, but I’d like them to play their sets first.

Once inside that gateway the layout is much the same as last year, and that isn’t meant in a well-they-clearly-couldn’t-be-arsed sense, because Hellfest could teach most others a thing or 20 on how to put together a fan-friendly festival. Except when it comes to the number of toilets on site that is.

Whilst the Hellfest tree still dominates in its stark simplicity, the hidden beer gardens have gained a snazzy gateway of their own, which invites you into the woodlands. Instead of a fairytale monster at the end of the path though, you’ll find a winebar, which is win-win really. And at night the scrap-metal merch stands and bars still glow with their own rooftop fires.

Stage-wise we’ve got Main Stage 1 and 2, which continue their staggered times so that as one plays, the other sets up, and vice versa. The result is no waiting around for soundchecks or bands to start, just back-to-back bam-bam-bam metal. A similar set-up is in place at the Altar and the Temple, where you can find black metal, death metal and the like, then there’s the Valley which is home to the stoner and doom types, and the Warzone where the punk and hardcore drops.

Hellfest 2013 – it’s like being welcomed home.
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Hellish Rock II: Helloween and Gamma Ray, Tampere Finland, March 30 2013

April 11th, 2013

Hellish Rock Part II:
HELLOWEEN & GAMMA RAY
with ShadowSide

Pakkahuone Tampere Finland
The 30th of March 2013

Hellish Rock Part II

The leading names in German power metal conquered Finland yet again with Hellish Rock Tour Pt II.  Hellish Rock Pt II will be crisscrossing the global the whole year, in Europe, Asia, etc. All the three gigs on the Finnish soil were totally packed as over 4000 people had arrived to witness Gamma Ray and Helloween on the stage again. Both the bands truly enjoy a loyal and even a bit of a  fanatical following amongst the Finnish metal fans. That could be witnessed at the Tampere show, when the venue was nearly to explode when over 1000 fans had crawled in. Therefore, moving to any side was more or less a “mission impossible” task. The night was definitely full of triumphant power metal as both Gamma Ray and Helloween delivered a fistful of power metal with catchy melodies.

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HELLOWEEN – Interview with Guitarist Michael Weikath

April 8th, 2013
Michael Weikath

MICHAEL WEIKATH

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

German band Helloween is one of the pioneering forces and most successful bands in the power metal world and its related subgenres. The band was originally formed in 1984 by Michael Weikath, bassist Markus Grosskopf, vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. Their early albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS I and KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS II, which featured vocalist Michael Kiske, are considered masterpieces of the genre. The band went through a large number of changes during the late 80’s / early 90’s. Hansen left in 1988, formed his own band Gamma Ray and was then replaced by Roland Grapow. Kiske and Schwichtenberg were out of picture in 1993 and they were then replaced by drummer Uli Kusch and current vocalist Andi Deris (ex-Pink Cream 69). The renewed lineup re-established the bands popularity and the album THE TIME OF OATH (1996) still remains as their best-selling album to date. Despite the continuous success, the band went through another set of changes starting in 2001. Today the band consists of Deris, Weikath, Grosskopf, guitarist Sascha Gerstner and drummer Dani Loble. This line-up has released altogether 4 studio albums and it seems that Helloween is now even more popular than the so-called “heydays” in the mid 80’s. Three sold out shows speaks for itself when the band arrived to Finland in late March as a part of massive “Hellish Rock II” tour which also featured Gamma Ray. In Helsinki we were fortunate to sit down with the bands guitarist/founding member Michael Weikath and discuss about various topics including the current tour, the latest opus STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL, Helloween’s 30’TH Anniversary and re-union rumors… Read on!

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HELLOWEEN – Straight Out Of Hell Track By Track Day 1 ‘Nabataea’

January 5th, 2013

Long-running German metallers HELLOWEEN are offering up track-by-track commentary of their entire new album each day for the next 13 days. Straight Out Of Hell, is due for release in North America on January 22nd.

Check out the first track description, ‘Nabataea’, below:

Helloween recently released the official video for the first single from Straight Out Of Hell. The six-minute opus for ‘Nabataea’ develops on several levels, including 3-D animation at motion picture level. The legendary kingdom Nabataea provides the atmospherically dense reference for the strong first release from Helloween’s new album.

Helloween (©2010 Martin Haeusler)

Helloween (©2010 Martin Haeusler)

Helloween have documented how this future could look like, or rather sound like, on Straight Out Of Hell. It’s a work full of speed and toughness, with optimism and great joy of playing, featuring complex arrangements, strong hooks and plenty of catchy melodies. Or, to let the facts speak for themself: 13 mostly fast-paced songs that turn out to be impressively multi-layered and will completely delight all Helloween fans, due to the different songwriters Andi Deris, founding members Michael Weikath and Markus Grosskopf, and guitarist Sascha Gerstner.

Weikath: “Straight Out Of Hell is the consequent development of the two albums before. 7 Sinners was recorded more or less in the wake of Gambling With The Devil, while the new songs are a continuation of the 7 Sinners directives, only a little less doom bound and noticeably more positive. These songs will kick even the laziest listener’s ass.”

Helloween’s guitarist is referring to tracks such as ‘Make Fire Catch The Fly’, ‘Far From the Stars’, ‘Church Breaks Down’, the title track (written by bass player Markus Grosskopf), and the straightforward ‘Years’ – all of them racing through the terrain at full speed. In addition, there is the complex and passionate ‘Burning Sun’ by Michael Weikath, which Deris refers to short and sweet as “one of Weik’s highspeed masterpieces” (the limited edition will feature a special Hammond version in memory of DEEP PURPLE’s recently deceased organ player JON LORD). ‘World Of War’ by Sascha Gerstner convinces with thrashy guitar riffs, demonstrating Helloween’s impressive virtuosity.

Deris: “What’s so special about this band, is the fact that we were always allowed to do anything we wanted, or – even if we allegedly weren’t – did it anyway. Even the at the time slightly tabooed The Dark Ride initially earned us negative reviews, but ended up with multiple Gold Awards. That’s the kind of freedom you feel on Straight Out Of Hell as well – we didn’t let anybody or anything put pressure on us.”

But Helloween wouldn’t be Helloween if Straight Out Of Hell would not feature the band’s other, slightly more groovy side as well. With ‘Waiting For The Thunder’ Deris has – in his own words – contributed “a rock song reminding of the old PINK CREAM 69 tunes”. Gerstner lets off steam on ‘Asshole’ and complements the album with “Hold Me In Your Arms”, a wonderful ballad, providing the desired antithesis to the otherwise extremely energetic record. Speaking of energy: the determination that has always been an integral part of the Helloween camp was captured perfectly by their producer Charlie Bauerfeind at the band’s own MiSueno studio in Tenerife. Bauerfeind consciously created a raw sound, keeping the edge of Helloween’s new songs and working without computer-controlled devices.

“With a world-class drummer like Dani Löble in the studio you don’t need click tracks or computer support”, Markus Grosskopf praises his drummer. “Thanks to Dani, the whole album breathes pure authenticity, which distinguishes Straight Out Of Hell from lots of other artists’ productions. In addition, the new album sounds more compact and homogeneous than 7 Sinners has, and is one of the fastest releases in Helloween’s history.”

Also, there are significant differences in a number of topics Helloween tackle on Straight Out Of Hell. The best example of the ability to think outside the box of pure metal cliché is their first single release ‘Nabataea’, which Helloween’s singer wrote during a holiday. The song is about the legendary kingdom, located in today’s Middle Eastern region, where the first real democracy existed over 3000 years ago. The secret Nabataean city Petra, hidden behind a cliff scenery and only discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, is the origin of many myths and legends.

Deris: “We took the liberty to tell this exciting culture’s whole story, although the song therefore lasts more than seven minutes. Truth be told, if there had been more to tell, the track would have been even longer.”

 

Straight Out Of Hell tracklisting:

 

‘Nabataea’

‘World Of War’

‘Live Now!’

‘Far From The Stars’

‘Burning Sun’

‘Waiting For The Thunder’

‘Hold Me In Your Arms’

‘Wanna Be God’

‘Straight Out Of Hell’

‘Asshole’

‘Years’

‘Make Fire Catch The Fly’

‘Church Breaks Down’

Limited Edition bonus tracks:

‘Another Shot Of Life’

‘Burning Sun’ (Hammond version) – dedicated to Jon Lord

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 The Hellish Rock Tour in 2007/2008 featured HELLOWEEN and their very special guests GAMMA RAY, which played 95 shows in 34 countries and left ecstatic metal fans in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America in their wake. Hellish Rock Tour Part II has been announced and will start in February 2013 in Europe and go around the globe, once again featuring Gamma Ray.

Dates for Russia and Japan have now been confirmed. They are as follows:

 

June

1 – Moscow, Russia – Arena

2 – St Petersburg – Kosmonavt

5 – Tokyo, Japan – ZEPP

6 – Yokohama, Japan – Blitz

7 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya AX

9 – Osaka, Japan – IMP Hall

10 – Nagoya, Japan – ZEPP

 

Previously announced dates for Europe, featuring SHADOWSIDE as support, are as follows:

 

February

28 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 1

 

March

1 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera

2 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27

4 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7

5 – Milan, Italy Alcatraz

6 – Bologna, Italy – Estragon

9 – Athens, Greece – t.b.a.

10 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal

12 – Istanbul, Turkey – Refresh the Venue

15 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Arena Armeec

16 – Bucharest, Romania – Arenele Romane

18 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Media Park Club

19 – Budapest, Hungary – Pesca Music Hall

21 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Sport Hall

22 – Prague, Czech Republic – Tesla Aréna

23 – Zlín, Czech Republic – Hala Euronics

24 – Brezno, Slovakia – Sport Hall

26 – Krakow, Poland – Studio

27 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola

29 – Helsinki, Finland – The Circus

30 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone

31 – Oulu, Finland – Teatria

 

 

 

April

2 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller

4 – Stockholm, Sweden – Arenan

5 – Karlstad, Sweden – Nöjesfabriken

6 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Lisebergshallen

8 – Paris, France – Olympia

9 – Saarbrücken, Germany – Garage

10 – Langen, Germany – Neue Stadthalle

12 – Kaufbeuren, Germany – Allgäu Event Center

13 – Bochum, Germany – Ruhrcongress

14 – Mons, Belgium – PPM-Fest

16 – London, UK – HMV Forum

18 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks

19 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall

20 – Balingen, Germany – Volksbankmesse

21 – Schwandorf, Germany – Oberpfalzhalle

 

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New HELLOWEEN Single ‘Nabataea’

December 8th, 2012

HELLOWEEN - 'Nabataea'

HELLOWEEN – ‘Nabataea’

“Nabataea”, the first single from “Straight Out Of Hell”, the new album from German power metallers HELLOWEEN, can be streamed using the SoundCloud player above. The track talks about the fabled high culture whose secret city, Petra, was only discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, and is the origin of many legends and myths. HELLOWEEN singer Andi Deris was inspired to write the song during a holiday.

“Straight Out Of Hell” will be released in Europe on January 18 and in North America on January 22, 2013. The cover artwork was once again created by Martin Häusler, who previously worked with the band on the “7 Sinners” and “Gambling With The Devil” CDs.

“Straight Out Of Hell” is described in a press release as “a work full of speed and toughness, with optimism and great joy of playing, featuring complex arrangements, strong hooks and plenty of catchy melodies. Or, to let the facts speak for themself: 13 mostly fast-paced songs that turn out to be impressively multi-layered and will completely delight all HELLOWEEN fans, due to the different songwriters Andi Deris, founding members Michael Weikath and Markus Grosskopf, and guitarist Sascha Gerstner.”

Says Weikath: “‘Straight Out Of Hell’ is the consequent development of the two albums before. ‘7 Sinners’ was recorded more or less in the wake of ‘Gambling With The Devil’, while the new songs are a continuation of the ‘7 Sinners’ directives, only a little less doom bound and noticeably more positive. These songs will kick even the laziest listener’s ass.”

 

“Straight Out Of Hell” track listing:

 

01. Nabataea

02. World Of War

03. Live Now!

04. Far From The Stars

05. Burning Sun

06. Waiting For The Thunder

07. Hold Me In Your Arms

08. Wanna Be God

09. Straight Out Of Hell

10. Asshole

11. Years

12. Make Fire Catch The Fly

13. Church Breaks Down

 

Limited-edition bonus tracks:

 

14. Another Shot Of Life

15. Burning Sun (Hammond version; dedicated to Jon Lord)

 

On the live front, meanwhile, HELLOWEEN (fresh from appearing at prestigious Japanese festival Loud Park) will be returning to the road in March 2013 — the first part of a world tour set to kick off in mainland Europe, with GAMMA RAY as special guests. The follow-up to the “Hellish Rock” tour of 2007/2008, this extended outing (“Hellish Rock Part II”) will bring the band to the U.K. on April 16 for a one-off date at the London Forum.

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