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Helloween is a German power/speed metal band. Alongside Switzerland's Celtic Frost and Sweden's Bathory, Germany's Helloween were possibly the most influential heavy metal band to come out of Europe during the 1980s. By taking the hard riffing and minor key melodies handed down from metal masters like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, then infusing them with the speed and energy introduced by the burgeoning thrash metal movement, Helloween crystallized the sonic ingredients of what is now known as Power Metal.

The band has its roots in 1978, under the name Gentry, by Kai Hansen and Piet Sielck. Sometime later, they were joined by bassist Markus Grosskopf and drummer Ingo Schiwchtenberg, and changed the name again, this time to Second Hell. There was another change in the name (Iron Fist) before the definitive took of the name Helloween. From this point, Sielck left the band. Michael Weikath, who was playing in the band Powerfool, joined them after the disbandment of his band. And so, the first line-up (and official birth) of Helloween was formed, in 1984.


This lineup (Hansen-Weikath-Grosskopf-Schwichtenberg) collaborated in a compilation, (Death Metal, alongside Hellhammer, Running Wild and Dark Avenger) and released two EPs (Helloween and Judas) and a studio album (Walls of Jericho) before another lineup change.

Kai Hansen, foresawing the difficulties to take the lead guitar and singing roles, decided to focus just on the guitar part, and so the search for a new vocalist begun, which ended in the former Ill Prophecy singer Michael Kiske being hired. This lineup change was key in the band's success, with the albums Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1 and Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2.

Sadly, just as they were on the verge of breaking to a wider audience — even flirting with American success — the band's meteoric rise was rudely interrupted by internal strife and a string of bad business decisions. Hiring Kiske ultimately proved a double-edged sword — his iconic work with the aforementioned Keeper albums was what set up said meteoric rise in the first place, but he then decided he wanted to move away from Power Metal towards a lighter Hard Rock, a decision which cost them the departure of Kai Hansen, who would later start Gamma Ray, with Roland Grapow, from Rampage, replacing him. And to top it all, the band was also in a legal dispute with Noise Records about a bunch of nasty legal stuff, which resulted in them not being able to release anything for some time. Everything resulted in two disastrously mellow albums (Pink Bubbles Go Ape and Chameleon) which are best not discussed, even by the band themselves, and very nearly finished off the band. As a result of this, both Kiske and Ingo were sacked for the band, although for different reasons. Kiske was fired because Michael Weikath refused to work with him any further, while Ingo was released due to mental and drug-related issues.


However, this was not the end of the band. Michael Weikath took the control of the band and hired the singer Andreas "Andi" Deris, from the band Pink Cream 69, as well as ex-Gamma Ray drummer Uli Kusch. This change made the band to return to their roots, and continued to prosper in the international metal arena on their own terms, with the release of the album Master of the Rings. More importantly, they remained the benchmark by which most every power metal band is still measured.

In 1995, however, there was sad news: Ingo Schwichtenberg was profoundly depressed and committed suicide by throwing himself to the subway rails. This hit hard in the band, who dedicated the album The Time Of The Oath (a Concept Album about a Nostradamus prophecy) to his memory.

1998 saw the release of the succesor of Time..., Better Than Raw. It's considered the highest point of the band in The '90s.

1999 saw the band celebrating fifteen years of music, thus it was a perfect occasion to release something. This something was a Cover Album called Metal Jukebox, containing metalized covers from numbers such as ABBA, Jethro Tull, David Bowie.

2000 saw the latest release with this lineup: the Darker and Edgier The Dark Ride. It was the last album with both Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch, since they both were sacked from the band. They went later to form the acclaimed Masterplan.

Sascha Gerstner from Freedom Call replaced Grapow, but the band struggled with the position of drummer. The first drummer hired was Mark Cross from Metalium, who abandoned the band after some medical issues. Finally, Stefan Schwarzmann (formerly from Accept, and Running Wild, among plenty of other bands) took the role, although he wasn't hired in time for the recording sessions of Rabbit Don't Come Easy, the follow-up to Dark, where the drums were played by Mikkey Dee.

The final lineup change came in the form of Dani Löble, from Rawhead REXX, replacing Stefan, who left the band for Creative Differences. This lineup survives to our days, and recorded five albums (Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 3: The Legacy, Gambling With The Devil, 7 Sinners, Straight Out of Hell and My God-Given Right) and a Lighter and Softer compilation album called Unarmed.

In 2016, Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske rejoined the band and recorded a new single, "Pumpkins United", along with the band embarking on a world tour of the same name. The band's three-vocalist, three-guitarist "Pumpkins United" configuration has announced a new album, simply titled Helloween, for release in 2021.

Today, they're known for never having grown up or received the memo that it's no longer the 80s. Their over-the-top bombastic performances, Large Ham antics, and absolutely hilarious music videos are essentially what would happen if Limozeen were a real band.

     Band Members 


  • Kai Hansen — Guitar (1984-1989, 2016-present), Vocals (1984-1986, 2016-present)
  • Michael Kiske — Vocals (1986-1993, 2016-present)
  • Andreas "Andi" Deris — Vocals (1994-present)
  • Michael Weikath — Guitar (1984-present)
  • Sascha Gerstner — Guitar, Keyboards (2002-present)
  • Markus Grosskopf — Bass (1984-present)
  • Daniel Löble — Drums (2005-present)


  • Ingo Schwictenberg — Drums (1984-1993; d. 1995)
  • Roland Grapow — Guitars (1993-2001)
  • Uli Kusch — Drums (1993-2001)


Studio albums

  • 1985 - Helloween [EP]
  • 1985 - Walls of Jericho
  • 1987 - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
  • 1988 - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
  • 1991 - Pink Bubbles Go Ape
  • 1993 - Chameleon
  • 1994 - Master of the Rings
  • 1996 - Time of the Oath
  • 1998 - Better than Raw
  • 2000 - The Dark Ride
  • 2003 - Rabbit Don't Come Easy
  • 2005 - Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy
  • 2007 - Gambling with the Devil
  • 2010 - 7 Sinners
  • 2013 - Straight Out of Hell
  • 2015 - My God-Given Right
  • 2021 - Helloween

Other albums include:

     Official music videos 

The official site.

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    Band tropes 
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: When speaking in Spanish, Andi can't avoid these.
  • Start My Own: After Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2, Kai Hansen left Helloween. Several years later, he formed Gamma Ray. Also, as noted above, Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch, who were fired from the band and created Masterplan.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Hansen, Kiske and Deris all share lead vocals on "Pumpkins United", a song written and recorded for reunion tour of the same name.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Kai Hansen quit the band over Creative Differences and went on to form Gamma Ray. Apparently, giving him room to have his own band and removing Michael Kiske from the equation was enough to calm both sides down, as the personnel from Helloween and Gamma Ray now get along quite amicably and even tour together, concluding their concerts by taking the stage simultaneously to form one big supergroup, and as Gammaween, they perform "I Want Out". In that video, they certainly look friendly. And this is older than the 2008 joint tour, as his appearance in the Wacken Open Air 2004 can testify. And to make things better, he said in an audio interview, that he liked the Gammaween tour, and that he won't dismiss the chance of doing another tour like that.
    • Also, Michael Kiske did guest a guest appearance on Gamma Ray's Land Of The Free album in the mid-90s, did guest vocals for Roland Grapow's and Uli Kusch's spinoff band Masterplan (and would have agreed to be their studio vocalist altogether, just not to performing live) and is working on a side project with Kai Hansen and Roland Grapow as well, trying to write, according to Hansen, some softer songs for him because of his "Metalphobia".
      • In 2011, Kai Hansen joined Michael Kiske in the band Unisonic, whom Kiske had been a part of since 2009.
      • As of 2017, they have "reunited" for 30th aniversary tour with both Hansen & Kiske. The "Pumpkins United Tour" Epic, much?

    Song tropes 
  • Accidental Murder: "Murderer", from the Helloween EP, talks about a guy who's persecuted for a murder he committed.
  • A God Am I: "Wanna be God" from Straight out of Hell is this from a third-person view:
    "He's a man looking down on the people
    He's a prick you got to really call evil
    Cannot be stopped, you cannot change his mind
    Shots have been lethal
    What he eyes is just there for the taking
    What he takes will soon be forsaken
    He is rich so he'll never die
    If money can buy, he says
    I don't wanna be an angel, I wanna be God!
    Mine the key to hell and heaven, I wanna be God!"
  • Album Intro Track:
    • Walls of Jericho opens with "Walls of Jericho", an orchestrated piece with trumpets which end with a castle door being opened.
    • Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1 opens with "Initiation", a piece which leads into "I'm Alive". The piece itself also opens the music video for the single version of "Halloween".
    • Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2 opens with "Invitation", a hymn-like piece which leads into "Eagle Fly Free". Vision Divine repeats this for their cover on Keepers of Jericho: A Tribute to Helloween.
    • Pink Bubbles Go Ape opens with a swell guitar-and-voice piece called "Pink Bubbles Go Ape".
    • Master of the Rings start with "Irritation", a nice-sounding piece leading onto "Sole Survivor".
    • Better Than Raw starts with an hymn-like mix of metal and opera called "Deliberately Limited Preliminary Prelude Period In Z" which ends in the furious "Push".
    • The Dark Ride starts with "Beyond the Portal", a small effect piece leading into "Mr. Torture".
    • Gambling With The Devil starts with "Crack The Riddle", a sinister piece starting with a circus-like scene and ending with Biff Byford welcoming everyone with a sinister voice before spinning a wheel leading onto "Kill It".
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Chameleon and Unarmed. To some extent, Pink Bubbles Go Ape.
  • Anti-Love Song: "In The Middle Of A Heartbeat", from Master of the Rings.
  • Audience Participation Song: "Future World" and "Power", among other examples.
  • Banned in China: In-universe, the lyrics of "Mr. Torture" claims that the eponymous character is banned in 20 countries.
  • Big Rock Ending: "Where The Rain Grows", from Master of the Rings, among other examples.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Lavdate Dominvm", from Better Than Raw, is sung entirely in latin.
  • Break-Up Song: "Forever And One (Neverland)", from The Time Of The Oath.
    • "Fallen To Pieces" from Gambling With The Devil is a variation, as it's about somebody who commits suicide after his lover leaves him.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: "Just A Little Sign", from Rabbit Don't Come Easy.
  • Concept Album: The Time Of The Oath, which is about a Nostradamus's prophecy.
    • To some extent, Gambling With The Devil, which has the underlying theme of how difficult it often is to do the right thing.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • A riff during the solo on "Back Against The Wall", from Rabbit Don't Come Easy, is one towards "Giants", from Chameleon.
    • 7 Sinners contains many of these. As some examples:
      • The chorus of "Are You Metal?" has the chords of "Halloween", from Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1, at full speed. Just check the version from the Legacy World Tour live album, if you have some doubts.
      • "Who is Mr. Madman?" acts as a sequel song to "Perfect Gentleman", from Master of the Rings, even including the riff from the original song in several instances, and beginning with an intro describing how the character from Perfect Gentleman's narcissism drove him to insanity. The song itself depicts his time in an insane asylum and subsequent plot to escape it.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: "Mr. Torture", from The Dark Ride, is a parody over Cold-Blooded Torture made by a man who sells pain.
  • Cool Cat: "Crazy Cat", from Chameleon.
  • Cover Version: "Something", "The Hellion/Electric Eye", "I Stole Your Love", "I'm Your Captain (Closer To Home)", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Magnetic Fields", "Rain", "Sheer Heart Attack" and "Fast As A Shark". Also, during the "Master of the Rings" tour, they did a version of Pink Cream 69's "Where The Eagle Learns To Fly".note 
  • Cover Album: Metal Jukebox. The japanese version also has "Rat Bat Blue".
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: "Lay All Your Love On Me", from Metal Jukebox.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Dark Ride, sort of. It's certainly dark for Helloween, and was sufficiently different to cause Creative Differences with Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch, but it is still goofy by objective standards. Considered proof that Helloween is physically incapable of taking themselves seriously, even when they try.
    • Master of the Rings would also count, coming off the Lighter and Softer Pink Bubbles Go Ape and Chameleon. (Also slightly compared to the Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, due to Andi Deris' rougher singing style)
    • Gambling With the Devil is mostly more mature, and one could almost conclude that Helloween finally grew up if they were to compare "As Long as I Fall" to their older work... except for the fact that Gambling With the Devil also gave us "Can Do It". Still, if nothing else, it was definitely the album where Helloween (at least momentarily) Took a Level in Cynic.
    • 7 Sinners somehow managed to be even more Darker and Edgier than Gambling With The Devil. Lesee: the two comic songs of the album ("Are You Metal?" and "Who's Mr. Madman?") are very heavy; there're lots of Punctuated! For! Emphasis! in the songs; even in the normal verses; Dani Loble destroys his drumset in any of the songs, even reaching Death Metal and Black Metal speeds, sometimes; "Not Yet Today", the intro to "Far In The Future" is chillingly dark... hell, even the ballad, "The Smile of the Sun" sounds pretty heavy. When the band said that this is the most heaviest and fastest album they made, they weren't joking.
  • The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: "Reptile", from Walls Of Jericho is about the AIDS.
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Starlight", from the Helloween EP.
  • Epic Rocking: These songs are all over the 10 minutes mark, and this is just for starters:
    • "Halloween", from Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1.
    • "Keeper of the Seven Keys", from Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2.
    • "The King for a 1000 Years" and "Occasion Avenue", from Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 3: The Legacy.
    • The mashup song "The Keeper Trilogy", from Unarmed, which is a 17-minute orchestral rocking mashup between the first three songs.
  • Evil Laugh: "Who is Mr. Madman?", from 7 Sinners, ends with this.
  • Fading into the Next Song:
    • In Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2: "Invitation" => "Eagle Fly Free"
    • In Better Than Raw: "Deliberately Limited Preliminary Prelude in Z" => "Push"
    • In Gambling With The Devil: "Crack The Riddle" (Intro) => "Kill It", and "Fallen To Pieces" => "I. M. E."
  • Filk Song: "Gorgar", from Walls Of Jericho, is based on a pinball game with same name.
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!: "Cry For Freedom", from the Helloween EP, is about a slave rebellion.
  • God-Is-Love Songs: Several, "Lavdate Dominvm", from Better Than Raw, for example.
  • Going Native/Insult Backfire: "Savage", from the Updated Re-release of Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 and the Future World songle.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The protagonist of "Perfect Gentleman", from Master of the Rings, is bound to a mental institution in "Who's Mr. Madman?", from 7 Sinners.
    "Sixteen years have passed since he, one perfect of his kind, the Casanova of his time, crowned himself to conquer the land in craving for lust. Lust, one of the seven deadly sins. Punishment he has suffered. Look at him what did he become, who is he now?"
  • Gratuitous French: "Perfect Gentleman", from Master of the Rings, has the following bit:
    I am "le d'Artagnan de coeur"
  • Green Aesop: "Paint A New World", from Gambling With The Devil. "If A Mountain Could Talk" from 7 Sinners.
  • Grief Song: An Alternate Song Interpretation towards "Forever And One (Neverland)", from The Time Of The Oath, considering that the band dedicated the whole TTOTO album to their former bandmante, the late drummer Ingo Schiwchtenberg.
    • "Fallen To Pieces" is a straightforward example.
  • Heavy Meta:
    • The unfortunately-titled "Get It Up", from Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 3: The Legacy.
    • "Heavy Metal (Is the Law)", from Walls Of Jericho.
    • "Long Live The King", from 7 Sinners, an homage to Ronnie James Dio and Judas Priest.
    • "Falling Higher" from Better Than Raw
    • "Are You Metal", from 7 Sinners, parodies the trope.
  • Heavy Mithril
  • Homage: "Steel Tormentor", from The Time Of The Oath, is dedicated to Judas Priest.
  • Hot-Blooded: "Power" from The Time of The Oath.
  • Incredibly Long Note: In the lead-up to the final chorus of "I Want Out", Michael Kiske goes "Leave me", and manages to hold that note while the entire chorus plays. That's almost 30 seconds without breaking.
  • Just One More Level!: "The Game is On", from Master of the Rings, is about someone who got so absorbed into a video game that he didn't even notice his house was on fire and presumably perished. The game is heavily implied to be the Game Boy version of Tetris, due to some lyrical clues ("with a grey box in his hands") and the fact that the entire main riff of the song is very obviously based on the Game Boy Tetris' Game Over jingle, and it even directly samples most of its sound effects.
  • Large Ham: Andi Deris.
  • "Leaving the Nest" Song: "I Want Out," is told from the perspective of someone wanting to escape their closely monitored life and embrace freedom and independence. There is a secondary meaning, however: guitarist and founding member Kai Hansen has said the song was written out of his desire to leave the band at that time.
  • Letters 2 Numbers: "Sun 4 The World", from Rabbit Don't Come Easy.
  • Lighter and Softer: Michael Kiske preferred this style in general and had been pushing for it for years, finally getting his wish granted with Chameleon, which got him kicked out as part of the album's backlash. He even recently released a solo album entitled Past in Different Ways, which was essentially a fluffy dreamy acoustic version of every old Helloween song he had written while still with them.
    • Also, the compilation album Unarmed.
    • Straight Out of Hell and especially My God-Given Right are this compared to Gambling With The Devil and 7 Sinners.
    • Rabbit Don't Come Easy was this to The Dark Ride.
  • Longest Song Goes Last:
    • Walls of Jericho ends with "How Many Tears" (7:16).
    • Keeper of the Seven Keys pt. 1 ends with "Halloween" (13:18) preceding the closer outro "Follow The Sign".
    • Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2 ends with "Keeper of the Seven Keys" (13:38).
    • The Dark Ride ends with "The Dark Ride" (8:48).
    • Rabbit Don't Come Easy ends with "Nothing To Say" (8:35).
    • 7 Sinners ends with "Far in the Future" (7:42).
    • My God-Given Right ends with "You, Still of War" (7:21).
  • Loudness War: Arguably, their latest releases, from Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 3: The Legacy onwards. 7 Sinners was particularly egregious in this regard.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Star Invasion". It sounds between Space Oddity and the most solemn metal epic. Until the bitter end and beyond.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Despite the presumably grim fate of its subject, the song "The Game is On" is enough of a typically catchy, bouncy, upbeat Helloween song that it comes across as "video games are fun!" That YouTube video is an absolute celebration of Retro Gaming.
  • Mad Scientist: "Dr. Stein", from Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2.
  • Metal Scream: Michael Kiske was a master at these. Check him out in "I Want Out", just before (and going into) the final chorus, as he belts out "Leave me alone" for nearly twenty friggin' seconds.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness - Most of their albums are in the 6 to 7 range. The Dark Ride, Gambling With The Devil and 7 Sinners can go up to an 8. Their ballads, meanwhile, are generally in the 4 to 6 range.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: There's a flute solo in "Raise The Noise", from 7 Sinners.
  • Nature Metal: Helloween has two environmental songs: "Paint a New World" from Gambling with the Devil and "If a Mountain Could Talk" from 7 Sinners.
  • New Sound Album
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Giants" and "Longing", (from Chameleon) "Mr. Ego", (from Master of the Rings) and "Dreambound". (from Gambling With The Devil)
  • Not Christian Rock: "Save Us", (from the Updated Rereleases of Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 and the I Want Out single) "I Believe", (from Chameleon) "Salvation" and "We Damn the Night", (from The Dark Ride), "Final Fortune" (from Gambling With The Devil), and "My Sacrifice" (from 7 Sinners) among other examples.
  • Number of the Beast: "Escalation 666", from The Dark Ride.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: At the beginning of "Still We Go", from Master Of The Rings.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • "Rise and Fall", from Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2, starts with the line "Once a singer sung some bullshit...". This is the only bit of profanity displayed in the entire song, and, for that matter, the entire album.
    • "Asshole", from Straight out of Hell is another very rare example of the band using profanity in their songs. Even then, they reserve this for the chorus:
    "You’re an asshole
    Typical human being
    You’re a sucker
    Sucking out energy
    Typical human being
    You motherfucker
    Stupid shit you make me flee"
  • Protest Song: "Cry For Freedom", from the Helloween EP.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: PUSH!!! EN-FORCE!!! YOUR!!! IN-DE-PEN-DENCE!!!note 
    • Pretty much many verses of "Far In The Future", from 7 Sinners, have this.
  • Rebel Leader: Kiske sings as one in "Revolution Now", from Chameleon.
  • Refrain from Assuming: "The Departed", from The Dark Ride, is also called "Sun Is Going Down". Subverted in that the full title of the song is "The Departed (Sun Is Going Down)".
  • Religion Rant Song: "Church Breaks Down", from Straight out of Hell, a rare case of a band leaving their beliefs in order to denounce the inquisition, even going so far as to cite Leonardo Da Vinci and how he suffered for trying to see what's beyond the bible.
  • Retraux: Helloween will never grow up. For example, the video for "Just A Little Sign", from Rabbit Don't Come Easy, is both Beyond The Minds Eye and Limozeen: "but they're in space!" in equal parts, and was made in 2003.
  • Rock Me, Amadeus!: "Gorgar", from Walls Of Jericho, features a part of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" in the solo part.
  • Rock-Star Song: "Heavy Metal Hamsters", from Pink Bubbles Go Ape, and "Rise and Fall", from Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2, mocks the trope.
  • Sampling:
    • The "Happy Happy Halloween" intro heard in "Starlight", from the Helloween EP, is taken from the movie Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
    • The battle sounds at the beginning of "Before The War" were taken live in Yugoslavia.
    • There are several pieces of music in the form of zapping starting "Occasion Avenue", from Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Some songs from the aptly named 7 Sinners play with this concept, even if it's not a Concept Album.
  • Shout-Out: "Halloween", from Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 1, has one in a few lines to Charlie Brown:
    Bad luck if you get a stone,
    like the good old Charlie Brown,
    you think Linus could be right
    The kids will say it's just a stupid lie!!!
    • In "The Dark Ride", from the eponymous album, this line:
    • "Heavy Metal (Is the Law)", aside of being a Heavy Meta hymn, has this following paragraph:
    • The B-Side "Les Hamburgueois Walkways" is inspired by Gary Moore's "Parisiennes Walkways".
    • The rhythm section during Weikath's solo in "Cry for Freedom", from the Helloween EP, was taken from Mania's "Shadows Under Your Eyes".
    • "Crazy Cat", from Chameleon, is inspired by Fritz the Cat.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Unusually for a heavy metal band, Helloween is mostly on the idealistic side, even on the Darker and Edgier The Dark Ride and Gambling with the Devil (although the latter album was probably as close to the cynical side as the band had ever gotten).
  • Survivor's Guilt: "Sole Survivor", from Master of the Rings.
  • Take That!:
    • "Judas", from the Walls of Jericho remaster and the Judas EP, is one towards "all politicians who talk human but act like monsters".
    • When Kai Hansen couldn't handle being in the band anymore, he penned his resignation in the form of the song "I Want Out", from Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2.
    • After Michael Kiske was fired, the next album (Master Of The Rings) had a song dedicated to him, "Mr. Ego".
  • This Is Reality: "Open Your Life", from Rabbit Don't Come Easy.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Gambling With The Devil is decidedly more cynical than any other Helloween album (before or after) but is still quite idealistic compared to other heavy metal albums.
  • War Is Hell: A common theme of the band, alongside religion and humor.
    • "Warrior", from the Helloween EP.
    • "World Of War" from Straight Out Of Hell crosses it with War for Fun and Profit, denouncing the evils of foreign invasion for riches and the aftermaths often involving "Mothers crying over losing their sons/Ripping out their heart for worthless gold". The cover of the album even has a bunch of pumpkin-headed people in the middle of a war.
    • Ditto for "Battle's Won", from My God-Given Right, this time the song is about the aftermath of a war, where the victor is counting the riches obtained for the event.
  • Word Salad Title: "Deliberately Limited Preliminary Prelude in Z", from Better Than Raw. All their other album-introduction tracks are single words beginning with an I - it's possible that this was the result of running out of ideas. Also the B-Side "Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001 In D-Doll".
  • You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: "Ride The Sky", from Walls of Jericho, deals in first person with an outlaw who has escaped.
  • Up to Eleven: If you thought Andi Deris was a Large Ham in their music videos (which he is), try seeing them live!
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: "Years", from Straight out of Hell.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: "Victim Of Fate", from the Helloween EP.
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: "Twilight Of The Gods", from Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1, combines this and The End of the World as We Know It.

    Misc tropes 
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the fourth page of the booklet of the remastered Walls of Jericho, the band takes shots at many people into the section "Into pumpkins". Then, the last part goes this way:
    "(...) all troublemakers on concerts, PUMA Sportswear, (because of no cooperation) Neil Perry (Sounds): if we sound like Discharge, discharge yourself! You don't have any glimpse, and everyone who is still spelling HELLOWEEN with an "A"."
  • Compilation Rerelease:
    • Later editions of Walls of Jericho include the Helloween EP and the Judas single.
    • Some editions of the first two Keeper of the Seven Keys have both parts in a single package. In addition, this edition includes "Savage" and "Livin Ain't No Crime" as bonus tracks of part 1, and "Don't Run For Cover" and remixes of "Dr. Stein" and "Keeper of the Seven Keys" in part 2.
  • Contemptible Cover: Every album after 1998’s Better Than Raw features hideous CGI cover art which calls to mind Iron Maiden’s infamous Dance of Death album. Finally averted with 2021’s Helloween, which features a beautiful painting by Eliran Kantor as the cover.
  • Mascot: Jack-o-Lantern and Fangface; the latter went to Gamma Ray along with Kai Hansen.
  • Portmantitle
  • Power Metal: Credited as the Trope Maker of the European style. Some give them credit for creating power metal as a whole, but this isn't entirely accurate as the American style of power metal had been around for a couple years before Helloween released their debut.
  • Regional Bonus:
    • The 1989 japanese edition of Walls of Jericho includes "Don't Run for Cover".
    • The japanese release of Pink Bubbles Go Ape includes "Shit and Lobster".
    • The japanese release of Master of the Rings includes "Can't Fight Your Desire" and "Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001 (in D-Doll)".
    • The japanese release of The Time Of The Oath includes "Still I Don't Know" and "Take It To The Limit".
    • The japanese release of Metal Jukebox comes with "Rat Bat Blue".
    • The japanese release of The Dark Ride includes "The Madness Of The Crowds".
    • The japanese release of Rabbit Don't Come Easy comes with "Fast As A Shark".
    • The japanese release of Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy comes with "Revolution".
    • The japanese release of Gambling With The Devil comes with "We Unite".
    • The iTunes release of Unarmed comes with an acoustic rendition of "Why?".
    • The japanese release of 7 Sinners comes with "Faster We Fall" and a code for downloading "Aiming High".
    • The japanese release of Straight Out of Hell comes with "No Eternity" and a Hammond version of "Burning Sun" dedicated to Jon Lord.
    • The japanese release of My God-Given Right comes with "I Wish I Were There", "Wicked Game" and "Free World".
  • Speed Metal: On Helloween and Walls of Jericho, with The Dark Ride, Gambling With the Devil, and 7 Sinners also incorporating elements of this.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": This comes from the fourth page of the booklet of the Walls of Jericho remaster:
    "WARNING! Everybody Who Will Be Writing HELLOWEEN With An "A" Or Tries To Distribute Pamphlets With An "A" Will Be Turned Into A Pumpkin!!!"
  • Take That!: The fourth page of the Walls of Jericho remaster contains one towards many people. In the third and most of the fourth pages, many people receive "fangs" (in a Shout-Out to Fangface) but the "Into Pumpkins" section has the band taking shots at many people for many reasons.
  • Updated Re-release:
    • Walls of Jericho: The 2006 Expanded Edition adds remixes of "Murderer" and "Ride the Sky", live renditions of "Ride the Sky" and "Guardians", the two tracks from Death Metal ("Oernst of Life" and "Metal Invaders") and a christmas-based track called "Surprise Track".
    • Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1: The 2006 Expanded Edition added a Kiske re-recording of "Victim of Fate", a remix of "Starlight", an alternative version of "A Little Time" and the video/single version of "Halloween".
    • Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2: Many releases include "Save Us" as a bonus track. In addition, the 2006 Expanded Edition includes a bonus disc containing "Savage", "Livin Ain't No Crime", "Don't Run For Cover" and remixes of "Dr. Stein" and "Keeper of the Seven Keys".
    • Pink Bubbles Go Ape: The 2006 Expanded Edition includes "Shit and Lobster", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Les Hamburgueois Walkways" and "You Run With The Pack".
    • Chameleon: The 2006 Expanded Edition includes a bonus disc with "I Don't Care, You Don't Care", "Oriental Journey", "Cut in the Middle", "Introduction", "Get Me Out Of Here", "Red Socks And The Smell of Trees", "Ain't Got Nothing Better" and a demo version of "Windmill".
    • Master of the Rings: The 2006 Expanded Edition has a second CD with "Can't Fight Your Desire", "Star Invasion", "Cold Sweat", "Silicon Dreams", "Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001 (In D-Doll)", "I Stole Your Love" and "I'm Your Captain (Closer To Home)".
    • The Time Of The Oath: The 2006 Expanded Edition includes a second CD with "Still I Don't Know", "Take It To The Limit", "The Hellion/Electric Eye", "Magnetic Fields", "Rain", "Walk Your Way", "Light In The Sky" and "Time Goes By".
    • Better Than Raw: The 2006 Expanded Edition includes the tracks "Back on the Ground", "A Game We Shouldn't Play", a live bootleg version of "Perfect Gentleman" and an instrumental solo called "Moshi Moshi-Shiki No Uta".
    • The Dark Ride: The Special Edition includes "The Madness Of The Crowds", "Deliver Ud From Temptation" and the single cut of "If I Could Fly".
    • Rabbit Don't Come Easy: The Limited Edition comes with the tracks "Far Away", "Fast As A Shark" and "Sheer Heart Attack".
    • Gambling With The Devil: The Special Edition comes with a second disc with the tracks "Find My Freedom", "See The Night", "Never Surrender", a radio edit of "As Long As I Fall", and two videos: a trailer, and an enhanced video for "As Long As I Fall".
    • 7 Sinners: The Deluxe Edition comes with "I'm Free". In addition, the 2020 remaster comes with that track, "Faster We Fall" and "Aiming High".
    • Straight Out Of Hell: The Limited Edition comes with "Another Shot of Life" and the aforementioned Hammond version of "Burning Sun".
    • My God-Given Right: The Limited Edition comes with "I Wish I Was There" and "Wicked Game". In addition, the Earbook edition comes with those two tracks as well as "Nightmare" and "More Than A Lifetime".


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