The Metal Voice recently conducted an interview with guitarist Michael Weikath from German power metallers HELLOWEEN. During the chat, which can be seen below, Weikath spoke about some of HELLOWEEN's back catalog; how he goes about songwriting; a recent encounter with ex-HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske; and he answered fan questions.
HELLOWEEN recently completed a 10-date North American tour. The band travelled across the U.S. and Canada, bringing its power hooks and catchy melodies to fans who have yearned to see them since their 2008 tour with GAMMA RAY.
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!"