Walls of Jericho (album)

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Walls of Jericho
Studio album by Helloween
Released October, 1985
Recorded September – October, 1985 at Musiclab Studio, Berlin, Germany
Genre Speed metal, power metal, thrash metal
Length 40:32 (original)
106:19 (remaster w/ bonus tracks)
Label Noise
Producer Harris Johns and Helloween
Helloween chronology
Walls of Jericho
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Walls of Jericho is the debut full-length studio album by German power metal band Helloween, released in 1985 on LP by Noise Records.[3]

In 1988, Walls of Jericho was released on CD. Due to the enhanced capacity of the CD, the Helloween EP/mini-LP and the song Judas from the Judas EP were added to the Walls of Jericho track listing; they are now released as a compilation. In the late 1980s, due to a manufacturing error, side one of several cassette copies of Walls of Jericho accidentally contained the music of Celtic Frost's To Mega Therion, confusing many first-time Helloween listeners.

Track listings[edit]

Original Edition[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Walls of Jericho"   Weikath/Hansen 0:53
2. "Ride the Sky"   Hansen 5:54
3. "Reptile"   Weikath 3:45
4. "Guardians"   Weikath 4:19
5. "Phantoms of Death"   Hansen 6:33
6. "Metal Invaders"   Hansen 4:10
7. "Gorgar"   Weikath/Hansen 3:57
8. "Heavy Metal (Is the Law)"   Weikath/Hansen 4:08
9. "How Many Tears"   Weikath 7:15

1987 CD Edition[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Starlight"   Weikath/Hansen 5:17
2. "Murderer"   Hansen 4:26
3. "Warrior"   Hansen 4:00
4. "Victim of Fate"   Hansen 6:37
5. "Cry for Freedom"   Weikath/Hansen 6:02
6. "Walls of Jericho / Ride the Sky"   Weikath/Hansen 6:45
7. "Reptile"   Weikath 3:45
8. "Guardians"   Weikath 4:19
9. "Phantoms of Death"   Hansen 6:33
10. "Metal Invaders"   Hansen 4:10
11. "Gorgar"   Weikath/Hansen 3:57
12. "Heavy Metal (Is the Law)"   Weikath/Hansen 4:00
13. "How Many Tears"   Weikath 7:15
14. "Judas"   Hansen 4:43

2006 Remastered & Expanded Edition[edit]

Disc one is the same as above.

Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Murderer (remix)"   Hansen 4:34
2. "Ride the Sky (remix)"   Hansen 6:46
3. "Intro / Ride the Sky (live)"   Hansen 7:17
4. "Guardians (live)"   Weikath 4:26
5. "Oernst of Life"   Weikath 4:46
6. "Metal Invaders (demo version)"   Hansen 4:37
7. "Surprise Track (White Christmas - I'll Be Your Santa Claus)"   Traditional 2:08
  • M - 1,2 also appears on the album Treasure Chest.
  • M - 3,4 also appears on the Judas EP.
  • M - 5,6 also appears on the Death Metal compilation.
  • M - 7 also appears on the Helloween EP.


Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Produced, engineered and mixed by Harris Johns
  • Edda and Uwe Karczewski – Cover design
  • Peter Vahlefeld – Layout, typography


Chart (1989) Peak
Japanese Albums Chart[4] 75


  • The titular entity in the song "Gorgar" is the first talking pinball machine ever produced.[5]
  • The main theme of Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" is used in the song "Gorgar".
  • The intro to "Starlight" is taken from a commercial in the movie "Halloween III".
  • The song "Heavy Metal (Is the Law)" is not an official live recording. Rather, crowd noise was added.
  • The live versions of "Ride the Sky" and "Guardians" are not live recordings; they are the same songs as found on Walls of Jericho but with crowd noise mixed in.
  • Professional Wrestler Chris Jericho chose his ring name from this album.


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Helloween Walls of Jericho review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Sputnik music Review". sputnikmusic.com. 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Helloween - Walls of Jericho". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  4. ^ "Helloween - Walls of Jericho (Japanese Charts)". oricon.co. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  5. ^ "The Internet Pinball Database Presents Gorgar". The Internet Pinball Database. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 

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