Halloween (band)

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Also known asThe Heavy Metal Horror Show
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
Years active1983–present
LabelsMotor City Metal, Molten ,Pure Steel Records
MembersBrian Thomas
George Neal
Ben Harmsen
Rob Brug
Past membersDon Guerrier
Chris "Boo" Buczek
Donny Allen
Billy Adams(BA)
Jason Rossvannes
Jason Nikou
Tommy 'V' Vendetta
John Guarascio
Tim Franquist
Kevin Clifford
Tim Wright
Kenny Hill
Billy Gray
Rick Craig
Bill Whyte
Tommy Stewart

Halloween is an American heavy metal band from Detroit, Michigan, United States.


The group was formed in 1983 by members Rick Craig, Brian Thomas, George Neal and Bill Whyte. Its debut album Don't Metal with Evil was released in 1985 on the Motor City Metal label. In 1986, Halloween started work on its follow up to Don't Metal With Evil, Victims of the Night. However, the record was shelved until it was finally released on Molton Metal Records in 1997.

In 1988, members Rick Craig and Bill Whyte left to pursue other careers. In 2000, Craig was asked to join the British band Humble Pie with Jerry Shirley to go on a U.S Tour. He also at the time was playing in the band NOON, in which he and Ean Evans were the primary songwriters. Their replacements were future Godsmack drummer Tommy Stewart and guitarist Billy Gray, who would go on to play in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti-based rock band Fair Game (not to be confused with the band led by former Keel vocalist Ron Keel). Bill Whyte went on to open his own recording studio and later (in 2003) joined Detroit based band Abandon and released a 5-song EP called "Project unrealty" which was Recorded, produced and engineered by Bill Whyte. The band and EP got great reviews but Bill's time with the band was short-lived.

In 1989, Halloween opened for Crimson Glory on a couple of dates on their Transcendence tour. In that same year, Halloween began work on a new album with Jon Drenning of Crimson Glory and Warren Wyatt management. The album never made it to the shelves.

In 1990, Halloween recorded a 5 track demo entitled Vicious Demos with producer Rob Tylak, Stewart and Gray.[1] The demo was released on cassette for show and promotion only and sold at Halloween shows.[2]

1991 saw a new lineup for Halloween, with the additions of former Erebus guitarist Tim Wright, guitarist Donny Allen (formerly of David Neil Cline's Trama and Black Onyx), and future Sponge drummer Billy Adams (a.k.a. BA!). That same year, Halloween released No One Gets Out.

The next few years saw a period of silence in terms of recordings. In 1997, former members Rick Craig and Bill Whyte rejoined, and Victims of the Night was finally released. After that, the band found themselves in debt, so they released a demo compilation called 1031, A Number Of Things From.... The reunion was short-lived. Shortly after Whyte and Craig left once again. In that period bassist George Neal left only to return around 2004. A year before that, Tricks, Treats And Other Tales From The Crypt was released. Tricks, Treats And Other Tales From The Crypt is a compilation album released by Detroit-based Heavy Metal band Halloween (metal band) in 2003. It features re-recorded versions of classic Halloween songs, as well as one new studio track. It was recorded in 2002-2003.

Halloween's breakout album Tricks, Treats and Other Tales From The Crypt was recorded in 2002 with what has come to be known as the Halloween 4.0 lineup. The fourth iteration of the band featured founding vocalist Brian Thomas, Axe Slayer Donny Allen, Jason "JDawg" Rossvanes on drums, Tommy Vendetta Guitar and John "Sixpac" Guarascio on Bass. The lineup was actually not originally intended to be Halloween, but unbelievable fan support for Halloween almost forced their hand. The band worked tirelessly to record a mix of classic Halloween "hits" and a handful of new/unrecorded tracks. The band played several shows Stateside before being signed to headline the Keep It True Festival in Germany.

In 2006, the album Horror Fire and E.vil P.ieces were released. The band's new studio album, Terrortory was released on February 25, 2012.


Studio albums

Extended plays






  1. ^ "Vicious Demo Review from Nov 2, 2011" The Metal Archives. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Koen: "Halloween Interview" Lords Of Metal e-zine Issue 58: April 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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