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Interview With Helloween Singer

Frontman Andy Deris of the German power metal band Helloween has given an in depth interview in which he also talks about the new album, "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy", which is due for release via SPV on October 28th, 2005, to the Metal Temple magazine.

Some excerpts:

- Metal Temple: "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy". Ok, lots of questions concerning your new album. Why did you choose to do a third "Keeper..." album (as a band)?

- Andy Deris: Several reasons. First of all, since Iíve been in the band for 12 years...even with "Master Of The Rings" (1994), we put out "Master Of The Rings", it was several times platinum, seven times gold all over the world and still you had people whoíd sit there and go "why donít you do another íKeeper...í album?" and I was like "fucking crazy people". [Laughs] You release an album that just in its first year sells double as much as the Keepers - nowadays, ten years later the Keepers still sell more because of the time - but still you have to imagine, you go triple platinum, seven times gold and people look at you and say "well, when are you going to do another íKeeper...í album?" [Laughs]

- Metal Temple: Most of them though got into Metal music after listening to the "Keeper..." albums.

- Andy Deris: Absolutely! Still, you look like a bus being hit by a starship...Because...just because! [All Laugh] Even after "The Time Of The Oath" (1996) album, a fucking successful album thereíd be people everywhere going "will you do another íKeeper...í album?" [Laughs] And "The Time Of The Oath" was as a matter of fact something like a "Keeper..." album. It was not the "Keeper..." but as a conception it was about Nostradamus...

- Metal Temple: Yeah and the front cover...

- Andy Deris: Yeah. But we were, you know, "guys we donít wanna do another íKeeper...í album these days" and back then we didnít say why. But nowadays we can definitely say why. We did not have a guitar team and itís no secret, everybody knows Roland [Grapow] and Weiki [Michael Weikath] did not get along very good. So Weiki didnít like Roland, Roland didnít like Weiki....what can you do?

- Metal Temple: If thereís no chemistry within a band then you canít do anything as exceptional as the "Keeper..." albums...

- Andy Deris: Exactly. So at the end of the day theyíd both be idiots.

- Metal Temple: So, that kind of answers my other question I had about why particularly now.

- Andy Deris: Several reasons. Not only because thereís a guitar team. Now, you have two guitarists who like each other, they even sit down on the sofa privately and play guitar together because they have fun playing together. Just incredible. I hadnít seen that in ten years. But they do. And thereís another reason which I personally did not like to touch and thatís the theme of the "Keeper..." album. I strongly believed that it should be sung by Michael [Kiske] or at least parts of it, you know. But then the guys said "look, first of all Michael Kiske said he hates Metal so would you really like to have him on a Metal album? That looks like selling out" you know, because a lot of people will come and say "yes, on one hand itís great you have Michael Kiske singing on the íKeeper...í album but why would you let a guy sing who says he hates Metal? It sounds like a sellout."

- Metal Temple: Michael Kiske is in more albums as a guest than I could count right now.

- Andy Deris: Yeah, which is ok because on the other hand I always say "look, heís a fucking great singer, and itís a fucking hard job to sing the stuff that he did" and "let him live". I mean we all know that heís not very smart in the things he says but still heís a fucking great singer and he needs to live. So, when he sings on a Metal album, why does he do that? Because maybe he needs some money which is fair enough.

You can read the full interview here.

09 Sep 2005

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