Helloween is a German power metal band from Hamburg. Founded in 1984 by members of the Iron Fist, Gentry, and Powerfool groups, the band is considered one of the pioneers of the power metal genre in its most popular sense today (melodic speed metal). His initial training consists of guitarist Michael Weikath, bassist Markus Grosskopf, singer and guitarist Kai Hansen, and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. After the release of their eponymous EP and their first album in 1985, the band becomes a quintet from the arrival of singer Michael Kiske, Hansen assuming the unique role of guitarist. Under this formation, appear the albums Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I and Part II which are cornerstones of the power metal style. Congratulated by the trade press, they allow Helloween to become a notable band in the heavy metal genre.
The group symbol is a pumpkin, which appears in their logo instead of the O of the group name, and this on all albums of the group. Except on the album Pink Bubbles go ape where the pumpkin is replaced by a bubble.
Since its inception, Helloween has recorded fifteen studio albums, three live albums, three EPs, and twelve singles, as well as a total of more than eight million copies sold around the world >>>
In 1982, after leaving his first successful Powerfool band, Michael Weikath joined the Iron Fist band, which became Helloween, then initially formed in Hamburg, Germany, from Ingo Schwichtenberg on drums, Markus Grosskopf on bass and Kai Hansen on guitar and vocals. He is, with Markus Grosskopf, the only survivor of the original line-up.