Helloween was from Hamburg, Germany and formed way back
in 1984. Helloween is described as a "Power Metal" band, which
essentially is a genre of metal that mixes speed metal, traditional
metal, Lord of the Rings, and often features vocalists that sing like
somebody is squeezing their balls.
Helloween originally signed with Noise records in 1984
for a two song release on a compilation album called Death Metal.
Helloween's original vocalist and guitarist, Kai Hansen, switched to
just being the guitarist, and in 1986, the band hired a young Michael
Kiske on vocals. Most of us are familiar with Kiske's vocals as he
was the singer on
Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part 1
(1988). Many of you will remember the song "I Want Out" which
received heavy rotation on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.
By the early 1990's, Helloween's releases took on a new
fangled direction that were a clear departure from the mythological
themes that made up the Power Metal genre. In 1991, Helloween
released the album Pink Bubbles Go Ape, a much less heavy album
with comedic over tones (the album included songs like "Heavy Metal
Hamsters" and "Sh*t and Lobster"). The band's 1993 release,
Chameleon, was an even stronger divergence from Power Metal than
their 1991 release. In fact, this album is often described as a
hodge podge of horns, keyboards, grunge, country swing, etc.
Needless to say, both albums failed commercially. By 1993,
tensions were high, and members began leaving the band, including Kiske.
By 1994, with a new vocalist, Helloween returned to their
roots with the release of the well received album, Master of the
Rings. By the mid 1990's, Helloween had once again established
themselves as a premier European metal band. At the time of this
writing, the Helloween Discography was as follows:1985: Walls of Jericho
1987: Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt 1
1988: Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt 2
1991: Pink Bubbles Go Ape
1994: Master of the Rings
1996: The Time of the Oath
1998: Better than Raw
2000: The Dark Ride
2003: Rabbit Don't Come Easy
2005: Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legaacy
2007: Gambling with the Devil
2010: 7 Sinners