Veteran German metallers HELLOWEEN entered singer Andi
Deris' Mi Sueno Studios in Tenerife, Spain today
(Friday, May 11) to begin recoding the as-yet-untitled
follow-up to the highly acclaimed and successful
"Keeper of the Seven Keys The Legacy" studio album,
the double live CD "Live in Sao Paulo" and the double
live DVD "Live on 3 Continents". According to
HELLOWEEN's management, Bottom Row Promotion, the band
has once again teamed up with longtime producer
Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON). The
planned release date is Halloween, October 31. The
group will kick off a world tour mid-November in
Europe, to be followed by Southeast Asia, and North
and South America in the first half of 2008.
HELLOWEEN's "Keeper of the Seven Keys The Legacy
World Tour 2005/2006 Live on 3 Continents" DVD/CD
registered the following first-week chart positions in
Europe: Germany: #9 (DVD), #58 (CD); Sweden: #9 (DVD);
France: #10 (DVD). The film footage comes on a DVD 9
featuring PAL and NTSC versions, the audio formats
Dolby Digital 2.0 and Dolby Digital 5.1, and an
overall playing time of around 280 minutes. Some
tracks feature a special multi-media tool which allows
the listener to switch between the different shows.
The double CD consists of 12 songs with an overall
playing time of almost two hours, including the two
bonus tracks, "Occasion Avenue" and "Halloween",
recorded in Tokyo and at the Masters of Rock in
Vizovice, Czechia. The material was mixed by Charlie
HELLOWEEN in August 2006 cancelled its previously
scheduled North American tour due to "unforeseen
logistical and organizational problems. . . Despite
good advance ticket sales (where pre-sales already
where available), North American organizers of the
tour could not guarantee an economical and adequate
routing of the tour," the group said in a statement.
"Therefore a consequent cancellation two months before
tour start seemed [to] the band management to be the
fairest for fans and promoters at this point."
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