May 27, 2022

June 2021 saw the release of their sensational new studio album Helloween and it was THE metal news of the year! Media and critics were cheering almost breathlessly: “sleight of hand,” “healing” and “a 65-minute celebration.” Finally, the fans were the ones who catapulted the album straight to No. 1 in Germany and Spain, into the top 5 of seven countries and worldwide 15 times into the best 15 of the album charts. Everybody was united in their opinion: these 12 tracks generated their own genre universe and leave all competitors behind, even after 35 years of band history.

Because this success is not being a given in these times, HELLOWEEN would like to celebrate again with their fans: with Best Time, THE party song of the album – streamed via Spotify more than 4 million times – the song propagates a lot of hope and optimism.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery

I will have the best time of my life

Yes, I know I’m gonna be alright

I’m feeling better in the neon light”

Helloween – BEST TIME

The sunny and straight hymn by Sascha Gerstner and Andi Deris revives the good times and shows with their drifty guitars and top form front men a song full of the joys. About the songwriting of Best Time, Sascha Gerstner states: “I had an ’80s neo noir vibe’ in my head. The riff originally was a synth riff, which we arranged for guitars later. The wording ‘I will have the best time of my life’ was pretty spontaneous because I had this strong feeling to leave the past behind and to seize the day! Andi instantly loved the idea as well as the refrain and together we created the track as it is now!”

Visually, the new single is a real goodie as well: under the administration of Martin Häusler (Skyfall), an extremely cool 3D road movie developed and one lost sight of the difficult conditions. The band  was added via live material and Canadian ARCH ENEMY front-woman ALISSA WHITEGLUZ complimented the video with her appearance and stated: “After playing  multiple festivals and touring extensively in South America together a few years back, HELLOWEEN and I decided to make a fun video to reminisce about the good times while simultaneously planning for many more!”

And yes, the band will finally be on the road again! After this long dry spell, you can’t even talk about feeling like champing at the bit, it is more like an immense roaring of a ravenous pride of lions – that is how much everyone is in anticipation of the upcoming live dates. Since the United Forces world tour 2022/23 kicked-off the overdue tour on 4th of May in Manchester, all metal heads get their rightly double dose: the ultimate HELLOWEEN line-up together with finest  Swedish steel as in HAMMERFALL – a massive mega package which is totally adequate after two years of total live vacuum.

The newest release is just perfect as a warm-up because each and everyone deserves better times: Best Time is out since May 20th with a terrific 80’s retro artwork by cartoonist and HELLOWEEN fan Marcos Moura with a 2,000-piece limited edition of a 12-inch vinyl, available in three colours. Besides the title track Best Time, one gets an alternative, exclusive vocal mix directly from the desk of HELLOWEEN‘s longtime producer Charlie Bauerfeind.

United Forces

23.06.2022 FR Clisson – Hellfest*
28.06.2022 HU Budapest – Papp László Sportaréna
29.06.2022 AT Vienna – Gasometer
30.06.2022 CZ Prague – O2 Arena
02.07.2022 SK Zvolenská Slatina – Olympic Fields
16.07.2022 ES Fuengirola – Metal Paradise*
27.08.2022 IT Milan – Ippodromo Snai San Siro*
28.08.2022 CH Aarburg – Riverside Open Air*
30.08.2022 FR Paris – L’Olympia*
31.08.2022 FR Lyon – Le Transbordeur*
08.09.2022 DE Berlin – Verti Music Hall
09.09.2022 DE Regensburg – Donau-Arena
10.09.2022 DE Bamberg – Brose Arena
13.09.2022 NL Tilburg – 013
14.09.2022 LU Luxembourg – Rockhal
16.09.2022 DE Stuttgart – Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
18.09.2022 PL Katowice – MCK
22.09.2022 CR San José – Centro de Eventos Pedregal
24.09.2022 MX Mexico City – Arena CDMX
27.09.2022 EC Quito – Coliseo General Rumiñahui
29.09.2022 CO Bogotá – Movistar Arena
02.10.2022 AR Buenos Aires – Estadio Luna Park
04.10.2022 CL Santiago de Chile – Movistar Arena
06.10.2022 BR Ribeirão Preto – Arena Eurobike
08.10.2022 BR São Paulo – Espaço das Américas
09.10.2022 BR São Paulo – Espaço das Américas
13.10.2022 BG Sofia – Arena Armeec
09.12.2022 DE Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle
11.12.2022 DE Kempten – bigBOX
13.12.2022 CH Zurich – The Hall

03.02.2023 ES Barcelona – Sant Jordi Club
04.02.2023 ES Madrid – WiZink Center
28.04.2023 NO Oslo – Sentrum Scene
29.04.2023 SE Gothenburg – Partille Arena
01.05.2023 FI Helsinki – Black Box
02.05.2023 EE Tallinn – Noblessneri Valukoda
05.05.2023 DE Bochum – RuhrCongress
06.05.2023 DE Hamburg – Sporthalle

Photo Credit: Artur Tarczewski

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Michael Kiske | vocals
Andi Deris | vocals
Kai Hansen | guitar, vocals
Michael Weikath | guitar
Sascha Gerstner | guitar
Markus Grosskopf | bass
Daniel Löble | drums

Photo Credit: Martin Häusler


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