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HELLOWEEN – HALLOWEEN – METAL REWIND

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L to R (Top to bottom): Markus Grosskopf, Michael Weikath, Ingo Schwichtenberg, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen

Happy Friday Metalheads!! Hope you had a great week! Even though Halloween was yesterday, let’s keep the spirit alive with a trip back to 1987 to the Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 1 album by German power metal band, Helloween for the track, Halloween.

The song that appears on the album is over 13 minutes long but was edited down to a little over 5 minutes for the music video which appeared in heavy rotation on MTV. This was the first Helloween album with vocalist Michael Kiske and is considered to be the album that launched Helloween to fame. The lineup for the Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 1 includes: Michael Kiske – vocals, Kai Hansen and Michael Weikath – guitars, Markus Grosskopf – bass and Ingo Schwichtenberg – drums. Sadly Ingo, who was fired from the band committed suicide in 1995, after years of battling mental illness.

While the band has undergone various lineup changes, they recently performed at Rock and Rio this past October along with former members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen.

Check out the original video below:

BLIND GUARDIAN – IMAGINATIONS FROM THE OTHER SIDE

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L to R: Marcus Siepen, Thomen Stauch, Hansi Kursch and Andre Olbrich

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia and Pinterest

Featured image courtesy of jerrygonzalezart.com

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! This month it’s all about Power Metal and today we take a trip back to 1995 to the fifth album by German power metallers, Blind Guardian called “Imaginations From The Other Side.”

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The album which is darker in comparison to their previous albums, is the first album that drew me to the band. I heard the song “Bright Eyes” and was hooked from there. This is also the first album that Kai Hansen did not make a guest appearance on and also the last album vocalist Hansi Kursch played bass on. The album contains references to many great movies including: The Wizard of Oz, The Lord of the Rings and Peter Pan to name a few and spawned two singles: “A Past and Future Secret” and “Bright Eyes.”  Definitely a great album to add to your collection.

Check out the video for “Bright Eyes” below

 

HELLOWEEN – HALLOWEEN – METAL REWIND

Helloween-band

L to R (Top to bottom): Markus Grosskopf, Michael Weikath, Ingo Schwichtenberg, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia

Today we take a trip back to 1987 to the Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 1 album by German power metal band, Helloween for the track, Halloween.

The song that appears on the album is over 13 minutes long but was edited down to a little over 5 minutes for the music video which appeared in heavy rotation on MTV. This was the first Helloween album with vocalist Michael Kiske and is considered to be the album that launched Helloween to fame. The lineup for the Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 1 includes: Michael Kiske – vocals, Kai Hansen and Michael Weikath – guitars, Markus Grosskopf – bass and Ingo Schwichtenberg – drums. Sadly Ingo, who was fired from the band committed suicide in 1995, after years of battling mental illness.

While the band has undergone various lineup changes, they are currently working on a new album and a tour for 2019, including reuniting with Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen.

Check out the video below: