Helloween (German power metal band)

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Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal subgenres and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre. Twelve musicians have been a part of the band's line-up in its history, which has consisted of singer Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, bass guitarist Markus Grosskopf, and drummer Daniel Löble since 2005.

Helloween was formed in 1984 by members of bands Iron Fist, Gentry, and Powerfool. Its first line-up consisted of Weikath, Grosskopf, singer and guitarist Kai Hansen, and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. After the release of a self-titled EP and a first album in 1985, it expanded into a quintet when singer Michael Kiske joined, with Hansen only acting as guitarist. Under this line-up, they released the Keeper of the Seven Keys albums (1987 and 1988), which established Helloween as a notable heavy metal band and led to the creation of the power metal subgenre. However, Hansen left the band quickly after the release of Part II and was replaced by Roland Grapow. He then created the band Gamma Ray.

Helloween's first two albums without Hansen, Pink Bubbles Go Ape (1991) and Chameleon (1993), were commercial and critical failures, which created tensions between band members and led to the firing of Schwichtenberg and the departure of Kiske. They were replaced by Uli Kusch and Andi Deris respectively. The albums released under this line-up, consisting of Master of the Rings (1994), The Time of the Oath (1996), Better Than Raw (1998) and The Dark Ride (2000), received a warm reception from both fans and critics, gradually establishing Helloween as a successful band again.

However, tensions following the release of The Dark Ride led to the dismissals of both Grapow and Kusch, who then went on to found Masterplan together. Grapow was replaced by Gerstner, but the attempts to find a new drummer were chaotic and no band member was credited for drums on the album Rabbit Don't Come Easy (2003). The band finally found a stable drummer in the person of Löble in 2005. Under this new and current line-up, the longest in its history, the band has released four successful studio albums: Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy (2005), Gambling with the Devil (2007), 7 Sinners (2010), and Straight Out of Hell (2013), with all members except Löble contributing to songwriting.

Since its creation, Helloween has released fourteen studio albums, three live albums, three EPs, and twenty-seven singles, and has sold more than five million records worldwide.

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 Walls of Jericho 4 7
1986 Judas 1
1987 Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part I 4.6 13
1988 Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part II 4.5 14
1991 Pink Bubbles Go Ape 3 5
1993 Chameleon 3 4
1994 Master of the Rings 4 6
1996 The Time of the Oath 3 10
1998 Better Than Raw 3.35 11
1999 Metal Jukebox 3 6
2000 The Dark Ride 4 5
2003 Rabbit Don't Come Easy 4 8
2005 Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy 3 5
2007 Gambling With the Devil 3.5 8
2010 7 Sinners 3 5
2013 Straight out of Hell 2 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1988 Helloween / Walls of Jericho 3.9 7
1989 Pumpkin Tracks 5 2
1991 The Best, The Rest, The Rare 5 5
1993 Keeper of the Seven Keys, Parts 1 & 2 2
1998 Pumpkin Box 1
2002 Buried Treasure 2
2002 Treasure Chest 2
2009 Unarmed - Best of 25th Anniversary 3 4

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Live in the U.K. 1
1989 Keepers Live 2
1989 I Want Out 3
1996 High Live 3
2003 Live in São Paulo 2003 1
2007 Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy: World Tour 2005/2006 2

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Karaoke Remix, Volume 1 1
1998 Karaoke Remix, Volume 2 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 Judas 3
1987 Future World 3
1988 Dr. Stein 2
1988 I Want Out 2
1991 Kids of the Century 3
1992 Number One 2
1993 Step Out of Hell 1
1993 I Don't Wanna Cry No More 1
1993 When the Sinner 2
1993 Windmill 1
1994 Where the Rain Grows 1
1994 Sole Survivor 1
1994 Perfect Gentleman 3
1996 Forever and One (Neverland) 2
1996 Power 1
1998 Hey Lord! 1
1998 I Can 1
2000 If I Could Fly 2

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