Helloween - 'Hellish Videos' (DVD)
Released through Sanctuary Records on August 16, 2005
Andi Deris - vocals
Michael Weikath - guitars
Sascha Gerstner - guitars
Markus Grosskopf - bass
Dani Loeble - drums
I.) Keeper of the Seven Keys:
"Masquerade masquerade, grab your mask and don't be late...!"
The history of Helloween dates back to 1979 with 'Gentry' guitarists, Kai Hansen and Piet Sielck. Between the years of 1979 and 1984, the band not only went through several line-up changes but also a name change. Guitarist Michael Weikath replaced founding member Piet Sielck in 1983, after Piet made the decision to leave the band an pursue a sound engineering job. In 1984, the small independent record label Noise invited the then named Iron Fist to record a couple of tracks for the labels' up and coming compilation record titled 'Death Metal'. The guys, not being satisfied with the band's name the then drummer Ingo Schwictenberg comes up with the idea to change the band's name from 'Iron Fist' to 'Helloween' and replacing the "o" with a pumpkin. In the years to come the pumpkin will become a signature trademark for the band. In 1985, Helloween released a five track EP simply titled 'Helloween' also known as 'The Mini LP'. In addition to the EP, the band released their first full length LP titled 'The Walls Of Jericho'. While on tour in support of 'The Walls Of Jericho' Kai found it very difficult to play guitar and sing at the same time. After the end of the tour, the guys began searching for a lead vocalist. 'Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I' Helloween's first release with new vocalist Michael Kiske gain the band world-wide success with songs like "Helloween" which, was featured on the American music station MTV and the MTV show 'Headbangers Ball'. For the next twenty years, Helloween will go through several line-up changes, a suicide, and a legal battle with their first record label, Noise Records. With all of that the guys found time to write and release twelve studio albums including the new CD titled, 'Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy' scheduled to be released on October 31, 2005.
II.) Kids of the Century:
'Hellish Videos' is the first ever DVD released by the Band. The DVD consists of all the Helloween videos, some of which have never before seen by fans outside of Europe. All the videos have re-mastered audio in 5.1 surround sound. The quality of the band's first video for the track "Helloween" was not the best I have seen. But when you take in account that the video is almost twenty years old the quality is better than expected. There are twelve video's in total and are placed on the DVD in order they were recorded. The DVD extras include, a live version of "Hey Lord", tour outtakes, and photo gallery. If you are like me and live outside of Europe than all of these videos but two will be never before seen. Based upon that fact alone if you are a fan of Helloween's then this will be a must have.