Live Photos and Gig Review Credit: © Kassandra Carmona
Helloween finally made a triumphant return to the NYC area after their last visit here in 2009. They literally came “Straight out of Hell” bringing new tunes to their loyal fan base who made their presence known that night. This time they brought along help from local bands; NJ’s own Cypher Seer and Long Island’s Cold Steel.
Cypher Steel being a relatively new band brought the power metal vibe along with an interesting amalgam of other metal sub genres. It was very interesting to say the least, yet the stage presence was definitely great, as the singer reach sky soaring notes leaving some in awe.
Up next was Cold Steel a band who have definitely been around for decades, bringing along their new “America Idle”EP. They definitely showed the fans that old school trash metal can still be made, and re invented. They delivered a very kick-ass performance through out their set, and of course showed their pride of their local community of LI.
Helloween was long awaited. By the time their set up on their way, the place had filled up. Once they did begin playing, the fans went crazy, chanting along every song. The crowd was energy-filled, and even caused to the barricade to almost come down a couple of times, eventually leading to (us photographer being removed from the photo pit) and having it held by security guards. Their performance was insane, as they played songs such as “Straight out of Hell” and crowd favorites “Hold me in your Arms”, “Are you Metal?” & “Doctor Stein”. Definitely these German power metalers still have it, even at this age and time when is hard for the genre to stay alive. These guys will define to stay on top, it’s undeniable to say that they rocked NYC.
German power metallers HELLOWEEN are currently in towards the latter part of a short 10-date North American tour this fall.
The dates are as follows:
Sep. 24 – New York, NY – Stage 48
Sep. 25 – Montreal, QUE – Club Soda
Sep. 26 – Quebec City, QUE – Theater Imperial
Sep. 28 – Toronto, OT – The Opera House
Sep. 29 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Sep. 30 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
Oct. 02 – Engelwood, CO – Gothic Theater
Oct. 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
Oct. 05 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Oct. 07 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
HELLOWEEN’s new album, “Straight Out Of Hell”, sold around 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 97 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD entered the Media Control chart in Germany at position No. 4 — the highest chart position in the band’s history. It also landed at No. 4 in Finland and No. 2 on the international album chart in Japan.
“Straight Out Of Hell” was released in Europe on January 18 and in North America on January 22. The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Martin Häusler, who previously worked with the band on the “7 Sinners” and “Gambling With The Devil” CDs.
“Straight Out Of Hell” was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who also worked on “7 Sinners”, and sees the five musicians maintaining a rawer edge throughout, working quickly in the studio (MiSueno Studio in Tenerife) and delivering 13 brand new compositions that, in the words of founding member, guitarist Michael Weikath, will “kick even the laziest listener’s ass!