Helloween’s Pumpkins United World Tour was one of those things in metal, that fans thought would never happen. It would surely be a miracle for the band to tour with Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen once again. Well that miracle happened, so we’re on to the next one. A new studio album titled Helloween opens a new chapter for the band after 35 years. The genesis of that live tour was “could we use three lead singers”. Now that is a reality with this album.
Drummer Dani Löble has this to say about the record and the band: "This record is the coronation of the Pumpkins United journey! Still, until today I am fascinated by the different character traits and facets of the Helloween history. Per example the legendary voices of Michi, Andi and Kai. To enjoy them now together on one record, under one flag is the ultimate Helloween experience."
They’re not just announcing the album and done with it, however. The lead single for the record, “Skyfall”, is garnering comparisons to classic Helloween tracks of old. Coming in at 12 minutes, it’s got quite the shoes to fill in that category.
The band chose to further celebrate the legacy of the band by using original drummer, the late Ingo Schwichtenberg‘s drum kit in the studio. The recording was done at the Hamburg HOME studios where classic albums Master of the Rings, The Time of the Oath, and Better Than Raw were recorded. Production team, Charlie Bauerfeind and co-Producer Dennis Ward got the final mix. Bauerfeind had this to say about the album: "After 30 years with the different line ups of the band I really thought I was well prepared for another extreme challenge, but I was wrong! My expectations were highly exceeded in every way with this super-sized creativity package."