“When the Power Metal Sound Grows…”

German Power Metal “Must Have” Records

 HELLOWEEN + HEAVEN’S GATE + BLIND GUARDIAN + GAMMA RAY

Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal subgenres and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, are considered masterpieces of the genre

Helloween formed in 1984 in Hamburg, Germany. The original line-up included Kai Hansen on vocals and guitar, Michael Weikath on guitar, Markus Grosskopf on bass, and Ingo Schwichtenberg on drums. That year, the band signed with Noise Records and recorded two songs for a Noise compilation record called Death Metal. The compilation featured the bands Hellhammer, Running Wild, and Dark Avenger. The two tracks were “Oernst of Life” by Weikath and Hansen’s “Metal Invaders,” a faster version of which would appear on the band’s first full-length album Walls of Jericho

1- Walls of Jericho – Helloween – 1986

“Helloween followed up their very popular self-titled mini-LP with 1986’s even more accomplished Walls of Jericho, a disc that saw the quartet from Hamburg, Germany, outperforming expectations and quickly defining their sonic identity”. Eduardo Rivadavia

How Many Tears – Michael Weikath

2 – Keeper of the Seven Keys (Parts 1 ‘1987’ & 2 ‘1988’)

Twilight of the Gods – Kai Hansen

 

“Influenced by Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Helloween specialized in blistering yet melodic heavy metal with a strong gothic orientation. On Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1, lead vocalist Michael Kiske has no problem singing in a high, ear-splitting pitch. this very conceptual album is competent, enjoyable, and generally well done”.Alex Henderson

Halloween – Kai Hansen

 

Save Us + Kai Hansen

March of Time – Kai Hansen

HEAVEN’S GATE

3 – Heavens gate – Livin’ in Hysteria – 1991

Gate of Heaven

Sascha Paeth / Thomas Rettke

Heavens Gate was a power/heavy metal band from Wolfsburg, Germany

They started out as a band called Steeltower in 1982 releasing their first record, Night of the Dog in 1984.

Before signing with No Remorse records, they were known under the name of Carrion and several of their songs ended up re-worked on their debut album “In Control”. They changed their name to Heavens Gate in 1987.[2] Their first record as Heaven’s Gate was released in 1989. They were, together with German bands Helloween, Gamma Ray, Grave Digger, Running Wild, and Rage, the pioneers in German power metal, taking their influences mainly from Helloween as well as from Judas Priest.

The Neverending Fire

Sascha Paeth / Thomas Rettke

BLIND GUARDIAN

Blind Guardian is a German power/heavy metal band formed in the mid-1980s in Krefeld, West Germany.

4 – Blind Guardian – Somewhere Far Beyond – 1992

Theatre of Pain – André Olbrich

“Somewhere Far Beyond has all the elements of classic Blind Guardian: fantasy and horror-story tracks inspired by the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and Stephen King; speedy double-bass riffing; and searing melodic vocals punctuated by anthemic group choruses. Bassist/vocalist Hansi Kürsch seems to possess several different voices, which serve his band’s dynamic purposes well”.Vincent Jeffries

Somewhere Far Beyond

André Olbrich

GAMMA RAY

Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween. Hansen is the current lead vocalist, guitarist as well as the chief songwriter

5- Land of the Free – Gamma Ray – 1995

Rebellion in Dreamland – Kai Hansen

For all eternity, for all the world to see

we’re riding high across the wind

and when the storm begins, to wash away all sins

we’ll find a place where we’ll begin

“Kai Hansen succeeded in creating a band of his own, but he couldn’t come up with an idiosyncratic style or even implement it well. Land of the Free is, however, a complete success considering Hansen’s progression. Land of the Free intriguingly breaks the basic concept that Gamma Ray’s contemporaries have used so much”. Antti J. Ravelin

Man on a Mission – Kai Hansen

“Land of the Free is an almost-perfect album. It really serves the definition of power metal well and is indeed one of the most metal albums of the late ’90s”. Antti J. Ravelin

I have to think for myself and then act

In conformity of my own thoughts

No one should tell me what’s wrong and what’s right

Why don’t you leave me alone?

Set me free, set me free

Send me a sign, wanna leave it all behind

I’ll be leaving the hands of doom

Rearrange the master plan, take the future in my hands

To be free and not trapped anymore

So stand up for our human rights

Push back this pest of hate

Raise your voice, pass on the light

Unite! It’s not too late

High above, at the edge of the world

We’re searching for glory and peace

When the time has come, you will see

Our return to the land of the free

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