Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
It is weird that her firs...
Franne Golde - 1980 The N...
Masquerade - 1992 Sudden ...
I look to the sky with a ...
Lame arsed Home Counties...
Filth. Utter, Utter, Utter.
Another fine example of a...
For me Salisbury is their...
You must login to post a message.

19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1985 Articles » Helloween - 1985 Helloween Mini LP
Helloween - 1985 Helloween Mini LP

ARTIST: Helloween
ALBUM: Helloween Mini LP
LABEL: Noise
SERIAL: N 0021-1
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1996, Victor (Japan), VICP-2133


LINEUP: Kai Hansen - vocals, guitar * Michael Weikath - guitars * Markus Grobhopf - bass * Ingo Schwichtenberg - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Starlight * 02 Murderer * 03 Warrior * 04 Victim Of Fate * 05 Cry For Freedom

WEBLINKS: www.helloween.org

So why even bother analysing this 5 track EP? Well one of the reasons is that I found myself going into such depth while discussing the 'Walls Of Jericho' album, I felt some of those ramblings would be best put to use in defining this, a place where the history of Helloween begun. The most surprising aspect when you compare the two, especially as this 5 track is at times, pretty unspectacular to the strides they made on the follow up. Yes, both of these releases have a core thread running through, but with 'Walls Of Jericho' they add more complex stitches rather than fraying at the edges which I found to be the case here. After listening to this EP I would be lying to say that my patience wasn't at times falling apart at the seams.

The Songs
Yawning, belching, comical tunes are first heard, before the screaming starts. Not the most auspicious opening to their recording history but add in the guitar and 'Starlight' shocks the likes of those British NWOBHM bands gathering dust at the time. What is the plan from these pesky Germans? Helloween had arrived and nowhere near approaching October. Yes, maybe a lack of melodic tendencies but in parts of this they would make Yngwie Malmsteen appear as an old aged pensioner.

'Murderer', just simple one word titles are the preference with basic song structures. Repetition, may be the best explanation, you can consider if this is such a bad thing.

Small improvements are found on 'Warrior', yes still at 100mph, but they don't have speed limits on the Autobahn, (do they?). But at the time, the importance was on how fast you can play, scream the longest and not worry about the consequences of waking up the next morning with a stiff neck.

'Victim Of Fate' opens with a crack of lightning (but it is as frightening as Herman Munster). Coming across as the United Kingdom's Raven, while being powered by one of these old fashioned railroad handcars with the up and down handles. But they are no Laurel and Hardy, they managed to inflict a doom section which provides a welcome rest bite and works pretty well and spices up the tune. Yep, it's all turned out fine again, as they are more than capable of blurting out the odd thrashy number. With this track it seems the longer it is, they grow in confidence, and that doesn't just apply to them but also to the listener, that these pumpkin guys can grow into something bigger, if properly harvested.

This sweet spot continues with 'Cry For Freedom', with a nice Michael Schenker guitar opening, but again no need for a security camera to remember what this last track is like, it's just like the other 4, as its back to full throttle, but it does has some nice distinctive points.

In Summary
As their label stressed this was the new generation of Heavy Metal, some would succeed: Rage, Voivod and Kreator, some to a lesser degree being Coroner and Tankard, and those would sink without trace: Scanner, Deathrow and Vendetta. If you play the old vinyl edition of this, then watch the spindle which penetrates the centre of the record, piecing the pumpkin with the screaming skull sitting in the middle of this vegetable, if I found that in my daily dose of fibre that I would be reporting the shop to trading standards. This was more than just adolescent theory's pulled together in some garage or some box bedroom in a house, this was result of cramming of hours listening to their influences and while there is a stem of amateurism running through, this was the seed to avoid the need of a life of working in poor air conditioned offices and mundane 9 to 5 jobs, how I wished I'd been an archaeologist. Hansen's grip would slowly be relinquished during the 'Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 1' and would appear to lose grip totally on the subsequent follow up. The Kiske and Deris days, all add to the history and I continue to add new releases to my collection, just not as hasty, I'll rather wait for a bargain, as I still yearn for the old days. All In all it's an unabashed metal folly.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
Tags: Helloween 
No Comments have been Posted.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 100% [1 Vote]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Thomas, Mike (Band) - 1989 Circular Motion, Electric Light Orchestra - 1979 Discovery, Revolution Saints - 2017 Light In The Dark, Mecca - 2016 III, Utopia (Todd Rundgren's) - 2012 Live At Hammersmith Odeon '75, Safire - 1995 Safire, Anthrax - 2016 For All Kings, Shem - Demos (1988), Ice Blue - 2002 Ice Blue, Seals And Crofts - 1978 Takin' It Easy, Secret Service - 1979 Oh Susie!, Best of 2009 - 2009 Jeffrey343, Hoehn, Tommy - 1978 Losing You To Sleep, Shaffer, Nathan - 2010 Come Back America, Pure Prairie League - 1981 Something In The Night
Hauteville Hobbit Sneaux Blue Ruin Shire Toploader Max Webster Rock Candy Records Henry Paul Band Wounded Bird Beautiful Creatures Freedom Call Mylon And Broken Heart EP Bombay Fortnox Liverpool Echo Van Arx Steffanie Kharma Speedy Keen Rush Julian Angel Beautiful Beast Michael Thompson Band Stage Dolls Rock Candy Records Wireless Wigelius Agentz Screamin Lords Donnie Iris ELI EP Kenny Rogers Jnr Velvet Goldmine Various Artists Europe (Holland) Jeff Paris
All Tags
Search DDG