Helloween

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": power metal heavy metal speed metal metal german Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Formed in 1984 in Hamburg, Germany, from the ashes of local bands Second Hell and Iron Fist, the original line-up of this durable heavy metal band comprised Kai Hansen (17 January 1963, Hamburg, Germany; guitar, vocals), Michael Weikath (b. 7 August 1962, Hamburg, Germany; guitar), Markus Grosskopf (b. 21 September 1965, Hamburg, Germany; bass) and Ingo Schwichtenberg (b. 18 May 1965, Hamburg, Germany, d. 8 March 1995; drums). After having two tracks included on the Death Metal compilation album released by Noise Records in 1984, the label issued their self-titled debut mini-album in 1985. This was soon followed by Walls Of Jericho and an EP, Judas. The band gained a strong following with their unique brand of high-speed power metal. Soon after its release, Helloween decided to add a vocalist/frontman, namely Michael Kiske (b. 24 January 1968, Hamburg, Germany), a charismatic 18-year-old. Keeper Of The Seven Keys, released in 1987, showed the band to be pursuing a...

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