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Acclaimed German power metal legends Helloween are set to make their domestic U.S. return with the confirmation of their United Forces Tour. The North American run is due to begin in May of 2023 and will mark the band’s first run of the region in nearly five years.
Sweetening the deal, Helloween has enlisted Swedish stalwarts Hammerfall as the special guest for the 13-date trek. The headlining tour will include Helloween showcasing new material from their self-titled 2021 release – a release that secured the No. 1 position in Germany and Spain, a Top 5 spot in seven additional countries, and the Top 15 multiple times globally since it’s initial release.
The line-up for the most current iteration of the legendary outfit sees Michael Kiske and guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen join Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, Markus Grosskopf on bass and drummer Daniel Löble.
In what translates as a full circle moment for the band, Helloween’s most recent album has been described as a return to their roots, recording fully analog and even using the same console to capture the magic of such classic catalog entries as Master Of The Rings, Time Of The Oath and Better Than Raw.
Helloween vocalist Andi Deris spoke enthusiastically of the news, “We can’t wait to be back and celebrate our new album with our fans in the U.S. and Canada!”
Hammerfall also issued a statement relaying their excitement to get on the road with the German legends, “Hammerfall will accompany Helloween on their North American tour next year! The highly successful ‘United Forces’ tour will continue across the ocean in May and June, serving as the perfect prelude to the summer. You asked for it so here we go!”
Hammerfall will be touring in support of their 2022 Napalm Records release, Hammer of Dawn – an album that saw Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, OPETH) at the production helm.
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