Heavens Gate (band)

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Heavens Gate
Heaven’s Gate by Stuart Mentiply.jpg
Background information
OriginWolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
GenresHeavy metal, power metal
Years active1982–1999
LabelsNo Remorse Records, NEMS Enterprises, SPV GmbH
Past membersThomas Rettke
Sascha Paeth
Bonny Bilski
Robert Hunecke-Rizzo
Thorsten Müller
Ingo Millek
Bernd Kaufholz
Manni Jordan

Heavens Gate was a heavy metal band from Wolfsburg, Germany.

They started out as a band called Steeltower in 1982, releasing their first record Night of the Dog in 1984.[1]

Before signing with No Remorse records, they were known under the name of Carrion and several of their songs ended up re-worked on their debut album In Control. They changed their name to Heavens Gate in 1987.[2] Their first record as Heavens Gate was released in 1989. They were, together with German bands Helloween, Gamma Ray, Grave Digger, Running Wild, and Rage, the pioneers in German power metal, taking their influences mainly from Helloween as well as from Judas Priest.

Heavens Gate were taken under the wing of Frank Bornemann (Eloy) and soon after releasing In Control, they were embraced by the German metal audience and had an enthusiastic response in Japan.

They also did a metal cover of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Monty Python, from the movie The Life of Brian, for the Hell for Sale! album.


Former members[edit]



Studio albums[edit]

  • Night of the Dog - 1984 (As Steeltower)
  • In Control – 1988
  • Livin' in Hysteria – 1991
  • Hell for Sale! – 1992
  • Planet E. – 1996
  • Menergy – 1999

Live albums[edit]

  • Live for Sale! – 1993


  • Open the Gate and Watch! – 1990
  • More Hysteria – 1992
  • In the Mood – 1997


  • Boxed – 1999
  • Best for Sale! – 2015


  1. ^ "Heavens Gate". The BNR Metal Pages. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  2. ^ "Heavens Gate". allmusic. Rovi Corporation.

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