Helloween & Gamma Ray

Night Prowler

Customer Deathcycle Manager
Staff member
It's OK but not something I'll be listening to a whole lot in the future. When it comes to power metal, new Powerwolf album slays Helloween this year.
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
A couple of months later - How do you guys think the latest record holds up? As for me, I don't spin it as much, but I stand by my initial assessment that this is a really, really good record. It is definitely the best since The Dark Ride for me. The average song quality is very high, but it does lack a song of "Keeper of the 7 keys", "Eagle Fly Free" or "I Want Out" level of quality, although I think Mass Pollution comes rather close. It's the top album highlight for me.
The album is good. Agree about ''Mass Pollution'' - I will add ''Fear Of The Fallen'' too. The great epic ''Skyfall'' and the song that screams HELLOWEEN, ''Indestructible''. I mostly listen to these four classics (+ Pumpkins United).
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
I have trouble with listening to the whole album. But I have that with Helloween releases in the last 20 years.
In this case, some hard to bear vocal work by Kiske spoils the pleasure. Deris has been doing very well, I'm glad he is still in the band.
 
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KidInTheDark666

What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
Surprisingly the new album ranks quite low in my Helloween rankings, at least so far. It's lacking real standouts. The only songs that I often keep returning to are Best Times and Cyanide. If Golden Times and Save My Hide were included instead of Robot King and Down in the Dumps the album would be a lot better.
 

gazda

Educated Fool
Anybody heard a new live album from Gamma Ray with new co-singer and with Ralph as guest on few songs?

Only 14 songs and 90 min.of music, a not too much for Anniversary concert.
 

Jer

The dotage of a dotard

I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet, but “Avalon” sounded pretty good. I’m hoping they’ll release a standalone Blu-Ray at some point.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
WHAT? Newly released footage of Gamma Ray?

WHAT?? Newly released footage of Ralf Scheepers on stage with Gamma Ray? Wait a minute ...

WHAT??? Ralf Scheepers on stage with Gamma Ray?

WHAT???? AWESOME newly released footage of Ralf Scheepers on stage with Gamma Ray?


Totally missed it. Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy:

 
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Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
Anybody heard a new live album from Gamma Ray with new co-singer and with Ralph as guest on few songs?

Only 14 songs and 90 min.of music, a not too much for Anniversary concert.
Yeah, it's a kinda short set for Anniversary concert (strangely, a song from Ralph's 3rd album with the band was not included).

The performances are very good.

Here is the full concert:

 
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Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
A new EP called Best Time will be released on May 20th (click here).

-> it will contain an exclusive alternative vocals remix of the song... probably with Andi on lead vocals.

The cover is classic Helloween:

best time.jpg
 

TAC

Nomad
The alternative vocal remix could also include more of Sasha's demo vocals.


Anyone here going to either the Manchester of London shows?
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet

Helloween started their 2022 tour two days ago (in support of their new album, I guess):

The setlist is 17 songs.

They played only 3 songs from the new album - ''Skyfall'' (it's the opening song), ''Mass Pollution'' and ''Best Time''.

''Save Us'' was also played for the first time since 1989!

''Straight Out Of Hell'' is a great song.

Kai's medley is ''Metal Invaders''/''Victim Of Fate''/''Gorgar''/''Ride The Sky''. He has a new ''spider web'' guitar.

The stage set is almost the same as for the previous tour, but they added a giant inflatable pumpkin on stage:


''Save Us'':


BIG pumpkin.jpg
 
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Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
Somehow I missed that:

Live debut of another new song - ''Angels''


It's one of my least favorite songs from the album, but live it sounds better.

We need ''Fear Of The Fallen'' and ''Indestructible''. I thought they will play ''Out For The Glory'' for sure.
 
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