In celebration of the band's 30th anniversary, German power metallers HELLOWEEN will release their first-ever book on October 31. "Hellbook" is described as a "HELLOWEEN bible" which is guaranteed to become a sought-after fan item as well as the only official reference book to date.
HELLOWEEN bassist Markus Grosskopf recently stated about "Hellbook": "For us, this book is highly emotional and evokes a thousand memories. Good moments as well as not-so-good ones are captured here. Thirty years of HELLOWEEN on almost 500 pages — and no end in sight..."
A "Hellbook" preview is available at this location.
HELLOWEEN will return to North America to play select shows in February and March 2016.
HELLOWEEN's 15th studio album, "My God-Given Right", was released on May 29 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the band's MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (GOTTHARD, HAMMERFALL).
According to singer Andi Deris, the band insists on a simple motto: "Back to the roots — but with new songs." He continues: "More than ever, our fans want to sing and rock out along with us. This simply works best with the use of distinctive choruses and '80s hooklines."
Guitarist Michael Weikath clarifies: "It is not our mission to just relive the '80s at all cost — to our own surprise, the whole dynamic of this working concept took on a life of its own."
Both Weikath and Deris stress that the album title is self-explanatory. "Surely there'll be haters again that will presume that we have nothing better to do than to keep recycling the past instead of moving on into the 21st century," the guitarist says. "But such critics have followed us all along and never impressed us. We've always had a liberal attitude towards heavy metal: to do anything we want — and not follow the directions the know-it-alls would have pushed on us. We remained unfazed and acted out our vision of 'anything goes' in the songwriting process to 'My God-Given Right' because we believe that it is our god-given-right (no pun intended) to do as we please and fulfill our musical vision without any boundaries."
The "My God-Given Right" video was directed by Oliver Sommer of AVA Studios.
The "My God-Given Right" artwork was once again created by graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) and is also available as a 3D lenticular print.