Label: Koch International Poland - N 0088-4 Format: Cassette Album Country: Poland Genre: Rock Style: Heavy Metal
Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Though they might not be as good these days, back in their Kai Hansen era, Helloween was once a major player in metal. Megadeth Th1rt3en. DoctorMike March 30th 51 Comments. Yeah so happy Halloween or whatever. Release Date February 20,
Their debut therefore is the least experimental, yet in my eyes it is also one of their best. However, the other instruments are handled much better apart from the bass which in my opinion, could have been a bit higher in the mix , and even contribute to arguably one of the best metal debut albums of all time.
Helloween Walls of Jericho 4. Happy, happy Helloween, Helloween, Helloween! With these lines began the legendary career of arguably the first power metal band, Helloween.
The German power metallers released their first album, Walls of Jericho in Though perhaps not as critically acclaimed as their next two albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt 1 and 2, today it is regarded as a classic in both power metal and speed metal. At this point in time, Helloween was comprised of power metal ace Kai Hansen on guitars and vocals; Mike Weikath on guitars; Markus Grosskopf on bass; and Ingo Switchtenburg on drums.
Today, Helloween seems to be a revolving door for band members, as only two of the founding members remain. But the extreme difference in musical quality between the likes of Walls of Jericho and Better than Raw is definitely notable, and quite easy to notice. Like pretty much every Helloween release, save for Chameleon, Walls of Jericho is rooted in power metal. Only, this time it was different. At this point there was only one band playing a similar style to these ambitious Germans.
This band was Iron Maiden, and even then, Helloween played at a much faster, more aggressive pace. No, like their British influences, Helloween is a very well rounded band. Their twin guitar tandem of Hansen and Weikath combines the necessary speed, heaviness, aggression, and melody to make any metal head smile. And there will be smiling all around as listeners travel scale the Walls of Jericho. Right from the beginning it is evident that both Kai and Mike have talent, play with the best of them, and not look out of place.
Pretty much every full length song has some infectious occasion where Kai Hansen and Mike Weikath show their skills, as Walls of Jericho is an extremely consistent album.
Another characteristic that the album carries could just as easily be considered a curse, as it can be considered a blessing.
This lies in the rawness of Walls of Jericho. Each member is still fairly easy to hear though the bass is somewhat hard to recognize sometimes , and the raw, under produced nature of the album gives off a very metallic, if not sometimes chaotic, feel to it. Today, Kai makes use of the production tools available to him, and is one of my favourite vocalists.
But back on Walls of Jericho, his efforts are slightly different. One can detect traces of his modern vocal technique in this album, but at the same time, he sounds much more inexperienced which he is, by the way. With that said, I still greatly enjoy his performance. Kai has a strong, charismatic voice and utilizes it excellently, bursting out with confidence and passion.
Just check out Metal Invaders. Quite the enjoyable singer. If you were reading carefully, you might remember me mentioning that people who know Helloween should not be surprised by the intro to the album. This is because Helloween is not a totally serious, all work no play, kind of band. For instance, the song Gorgar is about a pinball machine. Though they might not be as good these days, back in their Kai Hansen era, Helloween was once a major player in metal.
And with releases like Walls of Jericho, how could you not be" One of the very first power metal albums ever recorded, Walls of Jericho is a very good indicator of why Helloween is regarded so highly. Memorable melodies, plenty of shredding, strong rhythm, raw vocals, the German quartet looked to have a very bright future in store for them.
Their fresh, new sound would have a very large inpact, especially in Europe, perhaps even more than they ever would have expected. Recommended Tracks: Tweet Recent reviews by this author.
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