With the upcoming album, simply titled Helloween, the band open a new chapter after 35 years of a glorious career. The future of one of the most influential German metal bands will from now on feature three singers. Originally planned for the live performances only, it was the birth of a unique seven piece metal alliance. Helloween will officially unleash Helloween on June 18th, 2021 via Nuclear Blast. The album pre-order will kick off on March 26th.
Comments the band’s drummer Dani Löble:
“This record is the coronation of the PUMPKINS UNITED journey! Still, until today I am fascinated by the different character traits and facets of the Helloween history. Per example the legendary voices of Michi, Andi and Kai. To enjoy them now together on one record, under one flag is the ultimate Helloween experience.”
01. Out For The Glory
02. Fear Of The Fallen
03. Best Time
04. Mass Pollution
06. Rise Without Chains
08. Robot King
10. Down In The Dumps
The base of this milestone album was already erected in the studio: using the original drum kit of Ingo Schwichtenberg, the recording was done with the same modulators at the Hamburg HOME studios where back then Master Of The Rings, The Time Of The Oath and Better Than Raw were recorded. Completely analog and under the eyes of long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind and co-producer Dennis Ward, the UNITED impact traveled to New York and got the final mix in the Valhalla Studios of Ronald Prent (Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Rammstein).
“After 30 years with the different line ups of the band I really thought I was well prepared for another extreme challenge, but I was wrong! My expectations were highly exceeded in every way with this super-sized creativity package,” tells Bauerfeind.
Besides all musical competence, it is also the special enthusiasm that defines Helloween. Guitarist Michael Weikath characterizes in his own way:
“It is the incomprehensible encounter of seven musicians who are working as friends and even family and created something that no one would have thought it could be possible. It is like awaking from a sleep but still being in an incredible dream.”
Returnee Kai Hansen reflects:
“Being in the studio with my old companions after 30 years was very emotional for me. But at the same time it was a completely different experience with the “new” boys. The collaboration of different songwriters and strong characters made the album very special: a unique mix with reminiscences from all chapters of the band’s history. Helloween is a big part of my life and I am looking forward to celebrating the songs live for and with our fans!”
From another perspective bassist Markus Grosskopf agrees:
“For me, being one of the last ‘survivors’ who played every note from the beginning, it was a fantastic experience and a very emotional process. I think everyone can hear it on this album. I love it.”