On January 11th, Sanctuary Records/Universal Music in Canada is releasing the Deluxe Edition of HELLOWEEN’s legendary Keeper Of The Seven Keys Parts 1 & 2. The album was released in October in the UK. With the arrival of the Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I album in 1987, Helloween was catapulted to the forefront of the hard metal scene. The following year’s Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II reinforced Helloween’s Metal credentials and set the band up for a career that is now within its 27th year. Both Keepers albums are massively influential throughout the heavy metal world and remain among the greatest albums of their era. The Deluxe Edition includes both original albums and nine bonus tracks.
Disc One (Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I):
‘A Little Time’
‘Twilight Of The Gods’
‘A Tale That Wasn’t Right’
‘Follow The Sign’
‘Victim Of Fate’ (Single B-Side)
‘A Little Time’ (Alternative Version)
‘Halloween’ (Video Edit)
‘Savage’ (Single B-Side)
‘Livin’ Ain’t No Crime’ (Single B-Side)
‘Disc Two (Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II):
‘Eagle Fly Free’
‘You Always Walk Alone’
‘Rise And Fall’
‘We Got The Right’
‘March Of Time’
‘I Want Out’
‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’
‘Don’t Run For Cover’ (Single B-Side)
‘Dr. Stein’ (Remix)
‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’ (Remix)
MSN / ROCK METAL TV has released a report/interview with German band HELLOWEEN. Before their Spanish tour in January, Andi Deris, singer, and Sascha Gertsner, guitarist, talk about the new album “7 Sinners”, among other interesting things.
Enter The Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest To Win A 7 Sinners Prizepack
“Are You Metal?” Helloween already asked you that a couple weeks ago when they premiered the video for the song with the same name on Myspace. Now they are testing your Metal knowledge. Are you up for the challenge? If you think you have what it takes, check out The Ultimate Metal Quiz.
For those of you with more of the artistic sense, Helloween has a contest for you too. Head on over to the Metal Club Facebook page and join the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Grand Prize is a prizepack that includes a 7 Sinners jacket, autographed poster and a copy of the new album. Your photo needs to be sent in by November 5th, so get your pumpkin and start carving!
Helloween are set to release their 13th studio album, 7 Sinners, on November 9, 2010 in North America via The End Records. 7 Sinners is definitively one of the fastest and hardest albums in the Helloween’s history and it bursts with vitality. That might partly be due to the versatility of the various songwriters within the band, who over time have become so homogenous, that the 13 songs formed a unity on their own in the studio , but it may also be due to the fact that the album was recorded completely without a click track, which, considering the extreme speed of the songs is an impressive feat. Especially drummer Löble, who proves that his technique is at a world-class-level. Following his excellent inner clock, bass and drums drive tracks like “Are You Metal?”, “Long Live The King” and “Who Is Mr. Madman?” to dizzying tempos. 7 Sinners with its typically strong melodies and the tangible joy of playing, is a true metal album whose range reaches astonishing dimensions.
German heavy metal legends, Helloween are set to release their 13th studio album, 7 Sinners, on November 9, 2010 in North America via The End Records. This week Helloween premiered the video for the first single, “Are You Metal?” off the new album. Watch the video here, and then ask yourself, Are You Metal?
If there is a golden thread throughout the more than 25 years of Helloween’s history, 13 studio albums, countless headliner tours around the globe and more than 5 million records sold, then it is their special kind of attitude: don’t take yourself too seriously and simply live statements like: “just have fun with the shit you’re doing.” Maybe it is exactly this easiness that allows Helloween to be one of the most constant bands of the genre while simultaneously being the one band who dares to experiment more than their musical peers. While some copycats would rather stick with the same old patterns, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Markus Großkopf and Dani Löble aren’t afraid of taking risks – and are rightfully rewarded with success.
7 Sinners is definitively one of the fastest and hardest albums in the Helloween’s history and it bursts with vitality. That might partly be due to the versatility of the various songwriters within the band, who over time have become so homogenous, that the 13 songs formed a unity on their own in the studio , but it may also be due to the fact that the album was recorded completely without a click track, which, considering the extreme speed of the songs is an impressive feat. Especially drummer Löble, who proves that his technique is at a world-class-level. Following his excellent inner clock, bass and drums drive tracks like “Are You Metal?”, “Long Live The King” and “Who Is Mr. Madman?” to dizzying tempos. 7 Sinners with its typically strong melodies and the tangible joy of playing, is a true metal album whose range reaches astonishing dimensions.
“7 Sinners” is definitely in sight now and news tickers about HELLOWEEN, the new album, and the first single “Are You Metal?” are running hot. Therefore, here’s the newest info and announcements for the weekend – so you won’t miss anything:
Video premiere “Are You Metal?” – reloaded.
We were almost ahead of ourselves: the German clip premiere will be on Monday, October 11th at MySpace – right here: http://www.myspace.com/music/videos – and not, as announced earlier, on October 8th. Fans worldwide can check out the video simultaneously at www.helloween.org, of course. Let the servers work overtime; this film keeps the title’s promise!
Trick or Treat? – HELLOWEEN in Berlin.
You have to prove first if you are Metal. And the best occasion for that is the Halloween-Party at the Hard Rock Café, Berlin at October 30th 2010. Because the guys from HELLOWEEN want to celebrate the “7 Sinners” release in Berlin and more importantly together with you. Trust us: it’s going to be a real ‘hard’ night and maybe there’ll also be a ‘live-ly’ surprise… – more info soon in this newsletter.
Exclusive tickets – not Metal, but ‘hard’.
The aficionados and collectors amongst you will be excited: for the upcoming German tour there will be a number of limited original tickets for every town in “7 Sinners”-design. You can secure yourself those precious items at http://tickets.helloween.org/ at absolutely fair shipping costs (1,50 Euro per ticket, max. 4,50 Euro per order).
Doesn’t all have to be digital nowadays…
…also not pixilated, but LIVE and kicking for sure:
HELLOWEEN – tour dates worldwide. (More dates to follow until the end of 2011)
26.11.2010 Szene – Vienna, AUSTRIA
27.11.2010 ?Winter Masters of Rock’ – Zlin, CZECH REPUBLIC
28.11.2010 Petöfi Hall – Budapest, HUNGARY
01.12.2010 Neue Stadthalle – Langen, GERMANY
02.12.2010 Hof Ter Lo – Antwerp, BELGIUM
04.12.2010 Hardrock Hell Festival – Prestatyn, UNITED KINGDOM
05.12.2010 The HMV Forum – London, UNITED KINGDOM
06.12.2010 Effenaar – Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS
08.12.2010 Mejeriet – Lund, SWEDEN
09.12.2010 Rockefeller – Oslo, NORWAY
10.12.2010 Lisebergshallen – Gothenburg, SWEDEN
11.12.2010 Arenan – Stockholm, SWEDEN
13.12.2010 Rock Cafe – Tallin, ESTONIA
14.12.2010 Pakkahuone – Tampere, FINLAND
15.12.2010 House Of Culture – Helsinki, FINLAND
17.12.2010 Stodola – Stodola, POLAND
18.12.2010 Studio – Cracow, POLAND
19.12.2010 Mala Sportovni Hala – Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
02.01.2011 Brückenforum – Bonn, GERMANY
11.01.2011 Elysee Montmatre – Paris, FRANCE
12.01.2011 Le Transbordeur – Lyon, FRANCE
14.01.2011 Rockstar Live – Bilbao, SPAIN
16.01.2011 Razzmatazz I – Barcelona, SPAIN
18.01.2011 Alcatraz – Milan, Lombardy, ITALY
19.01.2011 Atlantico Live – Roma, Lazio, ITALY
21.01.2011 Fuzz Live Music Club – Athens, GREECE
22.01.2011 Principal Club Theatre – Thessaloniki, GREECE
23.01.2011 Hristo Botev Hall – Sofia, BULGARIA
24.01.2011 Hristo Botev Hall – Sofia, BULGARIA
26.01.2011 Boogaloo Club – Zagreb, CROATIA
27.01.2011 Kino Siska Club – Ljubljana, SLOVENIA
28.01.2011 Sports Hall – Hlohovec, SLOVAKIA
29.11.2011 Sports Hall – Presov, SLOVAKIA
31.01.2011 Z7 – Pratteln, SWITZERLAND
01.02.2011 Garage – Saarbrücken, GERMANY
04.02.2011 Capitol – Hannover, GERMANY
05.02.2011 Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, GERMANY
06.02.2011 Halle Gartlage – Osnabrück, GERMANY
09.02.2011 Docks – Hamburg, GERMANY
10.02.2011 Jako Arena – Bamberg, GERMANY
11.02.2011 All-Kart-Halle – Kaufbeuren, GERMANY
12.02.2011 Volksbankmesse – Balingen, GERMANY
The classic german metal band Helloween have issued an update regarding their upcoming studio album and following tour:
“As many of you thought while reading the last news, the band named it´s new studio effort: 7 Sinners. It is not 100% clear who the remaining two sinners are, be sure that you´ll find out the day of the release!
At the moment, the guys are busy laying down the last tracks for the album, before long time producer Charlie Bauerfeind goes on with the mix. The guys are very enthusiastic about their “new baby”, stating there is a great Helloween album to come!”
Along with the album title, here’s an updated list of European tour dates, with support of Stratovarius.
The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11 – Europe Part I and II – feat. Helloween and special guest Stratovarius:
26. Nov 2010 – A – Wien, Szene
27. Nov 2010 – CZ – Zlin, Winter MOR
28. Nov 2010 – HU – Budapest, Petöfi Hall
01. Dec 2010 – D – Langen, Neue Stadthalle
02. Dec 2010 – B – Antwerp, Hof Ter Lo
04. Dec 2010 – UK – Prestatyn, Hardrock Hell Festival
05. Dec 2010 – UK – London, The HMV Forum
06. Dec 2010 – NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar
08. Dec 2010 – SWE – Lund, Mejeriet
09. Dec 2010 – NOR – Oslo, Rockefeller
10. Dec 2010 – SWE – Gothenburg, Lisebergshallen
11. Dec 2010 – SWE – Stockholm, Arenan
13. Dec 2010 – EST – Tallinn, Rock Cafe
14. Dec 2010 – FIN – Tampere, Pakkahuone
15. Dec 2010 – FIN – Helsinki, House Of Culture
17. Dec 2010 – PL – Warsaw, Stodola
18. Dec 2010 – PL – Cracov, Studio
19. Dec 2010 – CZ – Prague, Mala Sportovni Hala
11. Jan 2011 – F – Paris, Elysee Montmatre
12. Jan 2011 – F – Lyon, Le Transbordeur
14. Jan 2011 – ES – Madrid, La Riviera
15. Jan 2011 – ES – Bilbao, Rockstar Live
16. Jan 2011 – ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz I
18. Jan 2011 – I – Milan, Alcatraz
19. Jan 2011 – I – Rome, Altantico
21. Jan 2011 – GR – Athen, Fuzz Live Music Club
22. Jan 2011 – GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theatre
23. Jan 2011 – BG – Sofia, Hristo Botev Hall
24. Jan 2011 – BG – Sofia, Hristo Botev Hall
26. Jan 2011 – HR – Zagreb, Boogaloo Club
27. Jan 2011 – SLO – Ljubljana, Kino Siska Club
28. Jan 2011 – SK – Hlohovec, Sports Hall
29. Jan 2011 – SK – Presov, Sports Hall
31. Jan 2011 – CH – Pratteln, Z7
01. Feb 2011 – D – Saarbrücken, Garage
02. Feb 2011 – D – Bonn, Brückenforum
04. Feb 2011 – D Hannover, Capitol
05. Feb 2011 – D Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
06. Feb 2011 – D Osnabrück, Halle Gartlage
09. Feb 2011 – D Hamburg, Docks
10. Feb 2011 – D Bamberg, Jako Arena
11. Feb 2011 – D Kaufbeuren, All-Kart-Halle
12. Feb 2011 – D Balingen Volksbankmesse
After their extremely successful Hellish Rock world tour 2007/08, leading HELLOWEEN through 40 countries on 4 continents, the German heavy metal legend soon will be touring the world again! Three weeks after the release of the new, yet untitled and highly anticipated studio album around Halloween (end of October) 2010, the band will hit the road again and start the tour in Europe.
While rumors promise the album to be the band’s heaviest and fastest effort in years, Helloween can announce nobody less than the Finland-based heavy metal supergroup STRATOVARIUS for the slot of the very special guest!
Says singer Andi Deris: “We had a great package with GAMMA RAY last time, and we are very proud to have Stratovarius with us this time. We look forward to have another power metal party with our fans all over the planet – see you soon!”
The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11 European Part I
26 – Wien, Austria – Szene
27 – Zlin, Czech Republic – Winter Masters of Rock
28 – Budapest, Hungary – Petöfi Hall
1 – Langen, Germany – Neue Stadthalle
2 – Antwerp, Belgium – Hof Ter Lo
4 – Prestatyn, UK – Hardrock Hell Festival
5 – London, UK – The HMV Forum
6 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Effenaar
8 – Lund, Sweden – Mejeriet
9 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Lisebergshallen
11 – Stockholm, Sweden – Arenan
13 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
14 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
15 – Helsinki, Finland – House Of Culture
17 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
18 – Cracow, Poland – Studio
19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Mala Sportovni Hala
(Ed. note: We hope this tour comes to all of North America as well!)
One of the greatest voices in metal, Michael Kiske, is finally back in business. Best known as a former Helloween singer from the band’s golden era, the KEEPER OF THE KEYS, is now returning with his brand new band UNISONIC. Although it’s been seventeen years since Michael last performed onstage his name is still well known in today’s metal/rock world. Even though he has not performed Kiske has kept himself busy over the last 17 years. He has released four solo albums and been involved with several different projects including: Tobias Sammat’s Avantasia –albums, Revolution Reneissance with Timo Tolkki, Supared and recently he’s been working with the Place Vendome –project which in a way was in a key role for Michael’s decision to return. The Place Vendome line up also include current Unisonic members: bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (Pink Cream 69). The Unisonic line-up is completed with former Krokus and Asia guitarist Mandy Mayer. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Michael at the Swedenrock festival and here is what Michael had to say about his current activities, solo career, Helloween days, Iron Maiden and various other topics…. ENJOY !!
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND PICTURES BY PATRICK CLEMENT
After 17 years, former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has returned to the stage with UNISONIC – the band also featuring Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany’s PINK CREAM 69 and Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD, KROKUS) – performing select dates throughout Europe and Russia.
Kiske checks in from the road:
“Having done my first live shows after almost 17 years I’d like to say that I was really thrilled about still having many friends out there after such a long time. Some people even came from Russia just for our freaking warm up shows, another guy came from Turkey! That’s unbelievable. I am deeply honoured and moved by this and don’t take any of it for granted. My voice was not half way where I want it to be in terms of condition for live situations, this always needs some time, especially after so many years, but on most songs I did well and the audience was great. It was very important for me to do this and to have new face to face contact with you people again after isolating myself for a long time. In Sweden it was extremely cool to see how welcome Unisonic was and how many autographs we had to give afterwards. And it was not only Keeper or Place Vendome CDs I had to sign; every second CD seemed to be one of my solo CDs. I didn’t expect that.
I have been quite harsh on the metal-scene over some time and was pretty pissed about it, because I can’t deal with certain things in it, and that might have made me be a bit unfair occasionally, but that wasn’t for very long. And meeting many of you fans now again has helped me to adjust even more now. I don’t hate all metal, I just hate morally wrong ideologies which are circulating within the metal-scene and I don’t accept any sort of art-slavery. But I still like rock music, yes, even some of my favourite metal-records of my youth, because most of them are simply great rock records. In many ways the music wasn’t really the problem. My problem was, is and will always be the satanic sickness that is so common in the scene. I have NO understanding for inhumanity and heartlessness glorifying people and fascistic mentalities. I believe in good-hearted humans, love and understanding, and that free and honest music is the only law for a healthy and true music-culture. What I have criticized about the metal-scene was and is very just, but to each its own of course. I will always speak my mind. My spiritual, moral and artistic convictions haven’t changed a bit, but I am a lot more relaxed now and if I went too far sometimes in the past, I am sorry, I don’t want to be unfair at all. Not all metal fans are ignorant or Satanists, I never really thought that anyway. I have actually met only cool, good-hearted and intelligent metal and rock-fans on this very short ‘tour’. Some even seem to understand my way of thinking, when we talked. They were much more open minded and friendly than I thought, and if that would be representative for the majority, I’d be very happy. I wanted to get these words out to you guys while all is still fresh.”
For an introduction to what Bloodstock Open Air is all about, check out my preview of it here. Suffice it to say that BOA is the only proper UK outdoor metal festival that is devoted to true metal of all genres. This would be the first time I was making the trip up to the Midlands to cover this amazing festival.
Reaching there late Thursday night, we set up camp and went off to explore. BOA has one of the most random things I’d expect at a metal festival: a shisha tent! Armed with a 1.5 litre bottle of JD and two bongs of shisha, we spent the night there meeting weird and crazy people (Frida from Sweden, if you’re reading this, get in touch!). After a disgusting fry-up at the All-Day Breakfast bar, I went off to bed to catch some shut-eye before Friday’s bands. Good start to BOA!
Transcription by Alxs / Live Pics By Arto Lehtinen & Hanntu
Kai Hansen is easily one of the best frontmen in heavy metal today. I recently caught up with my idol (ha) to talk about the band’s latest masterpiece LAND OF THE FTEE II and other things going on in the land of Gamma Ray. Since our conversation it was announced that Gamma Ray and Helloween would be making a stop at this year’s ProgPower USA festival. Plans for this to be more than a one city stop haven’t been announced yet but even when I spoke to him he said they were working on it…so lets hope it works out! Anyway, enough from me, onto the interview…… Prepare for glory!
The history of German speed/power metal force Helloween dates back to the late 70´s when Helloween was formed by guitarist Kai Hansen, guitarist/vocalist Piet Sielck, Ingo Schwichtenberg on drums and Marcus Grosskopf on bass. The band was still called Second Hell in 1981 – and then even later the name was changed to Iron Fist (in 1982) before the band took their current Helloween name in 1983 as the name of their band.
The band´s second guitarist Michael Weikath came to Helloween from a band called POwerfool, replacing Piet Sielck (who actually ever wasn´t quite in Helloween) – and also bringing over such known Helloween anthems as "Cry for Freedom" and "Starlight" that both appeared on the band´s self-titled 5-song EP in 1985.
That, as a brief introduction to Michael´s history as a part of this magnificent German metal band.
Ever since Helloween have released 13 studio albums (off which KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS – PT. 1 & 2 have undoubtedly become instant classics in Helloweeen´s own reportoire), done many successful world tours by covering nearly every single corner on this planet – and simply played their way out straight through the hearts of many new´n´old Helloween fans more than over 3 decades already.
The band´s current tour together with Gamma Ray and Axxis, going under "Hellish Rock Tour 2007-2008", reached Helsinki on December 11th, 2007, and always so curious Metal-Rules.com was there of course to find out how´s the tour been going for them thus far – amongst other things naturally as well. Mikhael Weikath stepped in as a volunteer to talk about the tour, etc., so let´s hand over a microphone to him up next…