Michael Kiske, lead singer of German power metal band Helloween, has revealed in a recent interview with The Metal Voice that the group is slowly shifting their focus to writing their next album.
Kiske said in the interview that he recently received a new demo from Kai Hansen, which sounded very good and a bit atypical of the band in terms of music. According to Kiske, Andi Deris and Kai Hansen already have several songs in the works but whether they will end up on the band’s next album remains to be seen.
He said the following about the band’s next album:”Actually, 10 days ago, or maybe a week ago, Kai [Hansen, guitar/vocals] has sent me a demo of a song that he was [working on] that I was very happy about, because it’s not what you would expect; the song was a bit outside of the box, which I am always grateful for. I always thought that was exciting about Helloween. When you check out the ’Keeper [Of The Seven Keys: Part] I’ and ’Keeper [Of The Seven Keys: Part] II’ records, now they’re classics, but when they came out, it was very different to what the ’Walls Of Jericho’ record sounded like. But we had the balls to do it. And I think that’s why I’m still here, because those records had an impact because of being pretty fearless. And it is always the benefit of the youth; most of the time, the younger people are very fearless.
What I like about Weiki [guitarist Michael Weikath] and Kai, they can’t fool themselves. They just write songs. They don’t function in any other way but just making the song, and whatever it is, that’s what it is. And that song was a bit Queen-like. It had a lot of piano parts in it — very operatic, with big choirs. And then it gets rocking again and stuff like that. It’s another Kai Hansen sort of symphony. But I really liked it. And I’m glad that he does something like that. I just hope the rest of the band has the balls to do it. I would do it.”, Kiske added.
“I know that Andi has songs, and I know that Kai has a whole bunch of songs. He was a bit lazy last time; he only had that one great song, [the 12-minute] ’Skyfall’, which was maybe good for three songs, and that’s why it’s justified, but I would have wished for even more from him. And I think this time he will be presenting a whole bunch of songs more. At least that’s my impression, the feeling that I have — there might be more coming from him this time. Andi is always in the game. Andi has this gift; he can just sit down and write 10 songs. He can just do it. I don’t know how he does it”, the singer concluded.