Helloween (German power metal band)

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Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg by members of bands Iron Fist, Gentry, Second Hell and Powerfool. It is said that the band is one of the most influential European heavy metal bands of the 1980s. Its first lineup consisted of singer and guitarist Kai Hansen, bassist Markus Grosskopf, guitarist Michael Weikath and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. By the time Hansen left Helloween in 1989 to form Gamma Ray, the band had evolved into a five-piece, with Michael Kiske taking over as lead vocalist. Schwichtenberg and Kiske both parted ways with Helloween in 1993; Schwichtenberg died two years later as the result of suicide. Between then and 2016, there had been numerous line-up changes, leaving Grosskopf and Weikath as the only remaining original members. As a septet, their current lineup includes four-fifths of the Keeper of the Seven Keys: Parts I and II-era (1987–1988) lineup, featuring three additional members, vocalist Andi Deris (who had replaced Kiske in 1994), guitarist Sascha Gerstner and drummer Daniel Löble.

Since its inception, Helloween has released 16 studio albums, four live albums, three EPs and 30 singles, was honored with 14 gold and six platinum awards and has sold more than eight million records worldwide. Helloween has been referred to as the "fathers of power metal", as well as one of the so-called "big four" of the genre's early German scene, along with Grave Digger, Rage and Running Wild.

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1985Walls of JerichoHelloween3.87
1987Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part IHelloween4.616
1988Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part IIHelloween4.4520
1991Pink Bubbles Go ApeHelloween3.2512
1994Master of the RingsHelloween4.258
1996The Time of the OathHelloween410
1998Better Than RawHelloween3.6511
1999Metal JukeboxHelloween3.56
2000The Dark RideHelloween3.758
2003Rabbit Don't Come EasyHelloween3.759
2005Keeper of the Seven Keys: The LegacyHelloween3.257
2007Gambling With the DevilHelloween3.7512
20107 SinnersHelloween39
2013Straight Out of HellHelloween3.3510
2015My God‐Given RightHelloween3.355

Album + Compilation

1984Death MetalRunning Wild / Hellhammer / Helloween / Dark Avenger1
1987Helloween / Walls of JerichoHelloween4.116
1989Pumpkin TracksHelloween52
1991The Best, The Rest, The RareHelloween4.58
1993Keeper of the Seven Keys, Parts 1 & 2Helloween3
1998Pumpkin BoxHelloween31
2002Treasure ChestHelloween6
2008The Dark Ride / Rabbit Don't Come EasyHelloween1
2009Unarmed: Best of 25th AnniversaryHelloween35
2016Ride the Sky - The Very Best of 1985-1998Helloween1
2017Sweet SeductionsHelloween1
2018Starlight: The Noise Records CollectionHelloween1
2021United ForcesHelloween1

Album + Live

1989Live in the U.K.Helloween32
1989Keepers LiveHelloween23
1989I Want OutHelloween4
1996High LiveHelloween26
2007Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy: World Tour 2005/2006Helloween25
2019United AliveHelloween34

Album + Remix

1998Karaoke Remix, Volume 1Helloween21
1998Karaoke Remix, Volume 2Helloween21


1987Future WorldHelloween32
1988Dr. SteinHelloween45
1988I Want OutHelloween4
1991Kids of the CenturyHelloween26
1992Number OneHelloween23
1993When the SinnerHelloween23
1993I Don’t Wanna Cry No MoreHelloween22
1993Step Out of HellHelloween21
1994Where the Rain GrowsHelloween21
1994Sole SurvivorHelloween22
1994Perfect GentlemanHelloween23
1996The Time of the OathHelloween24
1996Forever and One (Neverland)Helloween22
1998I CanHelloween22
1998Hey Lord!Helloween22
1999Lay All Your Love on MeHelloween1
2000If I Could FlyHelloween2
2000Mr. TortureHelloween21
2003Just a Little SignHelloween3
2005Mrs. GodHelloween33
2006Light the UniverseHelloween23
2007As Long as I FallHelloween23
2010Are You Metal?Helloween22
2015Battle’s WonHelloween1
2017Pumpkins UnitedHelloween2
2021Fear of the FallenHelloween1
2022Best TimeHelloween1

Single + Compilation

2006The Singles Box 1985–1992Helloween1


1994Mr Ego (Take Me Down) EPHelloween2
2012Burning SunHelloween1
2019Halloween - LiveHelloween1

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