Helloween And HammerFall Announce 2023 North American Tour

Helloween have announced a headlining North American tour. HammerFall will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

05/13 Dallas, TX – The Factory
05/16 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
05/18 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
05/20 New York, NY – Terminal 5
05/21 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
05/23 Toronto, ON – History
05/24 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Hall
05/26 Chicago, IL – The Riviera
05/27 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
05/30 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
06/01 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
06/02 Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theater
06/03 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield

Helloween commented:

“We can’t wait to be back and celebrate our new album with our fans in the U.S. and Canada!”

HammerFall added:

“HammerFall will accompany Helloween on their North American tour next year! The highly successful ‘United Forces’ tour will continue across the ocean in May and June, serving as the perfect prelude to the summer. You asked for it so here we go!”

Helloween Premiere “Best Time” Music Video

Helloween have premiered a new video for their song “Best Time.” The clip features a cameo from Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz and it can be seen below. The track appears on the band’s 2021 self-titled album.

Sascha Gerstner commented:

“I had an ’80s neo-noir vibe in my head. The riff originally was a synth riff, which we arranged for guitars later. The wording ‘I will have the best time of my life’ was pretty spontaneous because I had this strong feeling to leave the past behind and to seize the day! Andi [Deris] instantly loved the idea as well as the refrain and together we created the track as it is now!”

White-Gluz added:

“After playing multiple festivals and touring extensively in South America together a few years back, Helloween and I decided to make a fun video to reminisce about the good times while simultaneously planning for many more!”

Helloween Team Up With Incendium For “Seekers Of The Seven Keys” Comic Book & Action Figures

Helloween have joined forces with Incendium to create a new comic book, titled “Seekers Of The Seven Keys,” and some new action figures. Pre-orders are available HERE.

The following was said in a press release:

“Helloween and Incendium are teaming up for the launch of “Seekers of the Seven Keys”, a supernatural horror-fantasy comic book that explores the iconic cast of characters depicted on album covers from the legendary German heavy metal band, known as the “godfathers of melodic speed metal.” Incendium is also thrilled to announce a line of collectible Helloween action figures inspired by the bands’ cover artwork and lyrical lore: The Keeper Of The Seven Keys, The Witch, and Jack O. Lantern.

Published under Incendium’s music-focused OPUS imprint, “Seekers of the Seven Keys” is crafted by horror masters, writer Joe Harris (“Creepy”, “The X-Files,” “Rockstars”), and artist Axel Medellin (“Hoax Hunters”, “Elephantman”), and features cover artwork by Santi Casas.

In “Seekers of the Seven Keys”, the mystical Seven Keys have been lost, and the Keeper wants them back. But he’s not the only one looking. And when teenage siblings stumble upon the quest, they embark on a 1980s-style science-fiction, fantasy adventure filled with the horror tropes, campy characters, and throwback humor for which the band is known.

HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath said, “Obviously, Dr. Stein is not the only one who can come up with funny creatures. We are thrilled to see the characters from the HELLOWEEN universe finally come to life! The team of Incendium did a great job and created an exciting new comic adventure. As we say in Dr. Stein: And their time is right!”

Added Llexi Leon, CEO of Incendium: “HELLOWEEN’s offbeat comic, inspired by their epic music, fuses fan-favorite characters with whimsical fantasy—and a healthy dose of heavy metal! As they are one of the great innovators in the genre, it’s been a joy to revisit their catalog, particularly the ‘Seven Keys’ saga, and lay down the groundwork for an all-new narrative that will appeal to long-time fans of the band and Halloween horror aficionados alike!”

The debut of the comic book comes in the wake of the recent release of Helloween’s self-titled album, which has climbed to the top of the charts across the world. The album is reminiscent of all eras of the band’s history and unites their three vocalists Michael Kiske, Andi Deris, and Kai Hansen. The band’s sixteenth studio album was released by Nuclear Blast Tonträger Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH in June.

The first print edition of “Seekers of the Seven Keys” will be released as a prestige-format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering.

The first printing of the comic will be limited to 2,000 copies at $19.95 and is available to order from https://incendium.online/collections/Helloween. It is available to order now and ships by October 31, 2021. The Keeper Of The Seven Keys, The Witch, and Jack O. Lantern action figures are also available to pre-order for $29.95, shipping spring 2022.”

Helloween Premiere “Best Time” Lyric Video

Helloween’s “Pumpkins United” lineup, Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Markus Grosskopf, and Daniel Löble, have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Best Time.” This track is from the band’s new self-titled album, which was officially released today (June 18).

Helloween Premiere New Song “Fear Of The Fallen”

Helloween’s “Pumpkins United” lineup, Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Markus Grosskopf, and Daniel Löble, have premiered a new song titled “Fear Of The Fallen.” This track is from the band’s new self-titled album, which will be released on June 18.

Deris commented:

“I had so much fun not only writing a song for my voice but also for one of the greatest singers out there. I always have an extremely broad smile on my face when I hear Michi singing my melodies.”

Kiske added:

“The whole process, including the spirit, was just ideal. If I had the feeling that one of the parts would not be really fitting, I asked Andi if he would sing it and vice versa. There was no competition whatsoever — what counted was what is best for the respective song. I am thankful to be (again) a part of this crazy family. I love them all.”

Helloween Premiere “Skyfall” Video

Helloween’s “Pumpkins United” lineup, Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Markus Grosskopf, and Daniel Löble, have premiered a new video for their new song “Skyfall.” This track is from the band’s new self-titled album, which will be released on June 18. The group commented:

“THE SINGLE HAS LANDED! The first track off our new album “Helloween” is now available for streaming and in various CD and vinyl formats! Go check it out! We’re so excited to hear your reactions! Written by Kai Hansen, “Skyfall” is a storming more than 7 minute ride into the Helloween universe (and beyond!) The epic track describes an alien landing on earth and a dramatic chase while Michael Kiske, Andi Deris and Kai Hansen duel each other in a breathtaking manner and create a vocal broadband adventure. Produced by Martin Häusler, it is the most elaborate video clip in the history of the band.”

Helloween And HammerFall Announce 2022 European/UK Tour

Helloween and HammerFall have announced a European/UK tour. The trek is scheduled to take place in spring 2022.

Tour Dates:

03/25 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
03/26 Gothenburg, Sweden – Partille Arena
03/28 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
03/29 Talinn, Estonia – Noblessneri Valukoda
04/01 Bamberg, Germany – Brose Arena
04/02 Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle
04/03 Berlin, Germany – Verti Music Hall
04/04 Regensburg, Germany – Donau Arena
04/08 Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
04/09 Barcelona, Spain – St. Jordi Club
04/11 Milan, Italy – Lorenzini District
04/12 Kempten, Germany – Black Box
04/13 Zurich, Switzerland – Samsung Hall
04/15 Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
04/16 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
04/18 Katovice, Poland – MCK
04/20 Sofia, Bulgaria – Arena Armeec
04/22 Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
04/23 Prague, Czech Republic – O2
04/24 Zvolen, Slovakia – Ice Stadium
04/26 Budapest, Hungary – Papp Laszlo Sportarena
04/29 Bochum, Germany – Ruhrcongress
04/30 Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
05/01 Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
05/04 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
05/05 London, UK – Brixton Academy
05/19 St. Petersburg, Russia – A2 (no HammerFall)
05/21 Moscow, Russia – Adrenaline-Stadium (no HammerFall)
05/23 Lyon, France – Transbordeur (no HammerFall)
05/25 Paris France, – Olympia (no HammerFall)

Helloween To Release New Self-Titled Album In June

Helloween’s “Pumpkins United” lineup, Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Markus Grosskopf, and Daniel Löble, have announced that their new self-titled album will be released on June 18. The effort’s first single “Skyfall” will be released on April 2. If you missed it, a teaser for that track can be found HERE.

The band commented:

Löble:

“This record is the coronation of the ‘Pumpkins United’ journey. I have always been fascinated by the different character traits and facets of Helloween’s history. For 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.”

Weikath:

“It is the incomprehensible encounter of seven musicians who are working as friends and even family who have created something that no one would have thought could be possible. It is like awaking from a sleep but still being in an incredible dream.”

Hansen:

“Being in the studio with my old companions after 30 years away 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, each of them strong characters in their own right, has made the album very special. A unique mix which draws 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!.”

Grosskopf:

“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.”

Producer Charlie Bauerfeind added:

“After 30 years with different lineups 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 package of creativity.”

“Helloween” Track Listing:

01. “Out for the Glory”
02. “Fear of the Fallen”
03. “Best Time”
04. “Mass Pollution”
05. “Angels”
06. “Rise Without Chains”
07. “Indestructible”
08. “Robot King”
09. “Cyanide”
10. “Down in the Dumps”
11. “Orbit”
12. “Skyfall”

Helloween Tease “Skyfall” Video

Helloween’s “Pumpkins United” lineup, Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Markus Grosskopf, and Daniel Löble, have shared a teaser for their new song/video “Skyfall.” The full clip will be released on April 2. The band previously commented:

“The epic 12 minute song, written by Kai Hansen, will be released in two versions: The A-side features the 7 minute single edit and the B-side explodes with a 12 minute alternative version of the album track with a new mix and a different singer allocation – available only on this very single! The second edition will offer “INDESTRUCTIBLE” as the B-side, another precursor from the album. Limited availability, on vinyl only with premium packaging. The upcoming album will follow in summer 2021.”

Helloween To Release New Single “Skyfall” In April

Helloween’s “Pumpkins United” lineup, Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Markus Grosskopf, and Daniel Löble, will be releasing a new single titled “Skyfall” on April 2. Pre-orders for that track can be found HERE. The band commented:

“The epic 12 minute song, written by Kai Hansen, will be released in two versions: The A-side features the 7 minute single edit and the B-side explodes with a 12 minute alternative version of the album track with a new mix and a different singer allocation – available only on this very single! The second edition will offer “INDESTRUCTIBLE” as the B-side, another precursor from the album. Limited availability, on vinyl only with premium packaging. The upcoming album will follow in summer 2021.”