Master of the Rings

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Master of the Rings
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Studio album by
Released8 July 1994
Recorded1994
StudioChateau du Pape, Hamburg, Germany
GenrePower metal
Length50:12
84:49 (with bonus tracks)
LabelRaw Power/Castle
ProducerTommy Hansen and Helloween
Helloween chronology
Chameleon
(1993)
Master of the Rings
(1994)
The Time of the Oath
(1996)
Singles from Master of the Rings
  1. "Mr. Ego"
    Released: 22 July 1994
  2. "Where the Rain Grows"
    Released: 3 August 1994
  3. "Perfect Gentleman"
    Released: 28 September 1994
  4. "Sole Survivor"
    Released: 5 October 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[2]

Master of the Rings is the sixth studio album by German power metal band Helloween, released in 1994.[3] It is the first to feature new members Andi Deris and Uli Kusch.

This album contains four singles, which are "Where The Rain Grows", "Mr. Ego (Take Me Down)", "Perfect Gentleman", and "Sole Survivor", with corresponding videos for the first three. "Mr. Ego" was dedicated to the band's former singer, Michael Kiske, and was released as an EP in Europe.

Context and recording[edit]

Helloween and vocalist Michael Kiske had reached the end of the road during the touring of 1993's "Chameleon". Michael Kiske's replacement was Andi Deris, formerly with Pink Cream 69.

After an alcohol and drug-related incident in Japan, drummer and co-founder of the band Ingo Schwichtenberg was deputized first by the session-drummer Richie Abdel-Nabi, then on a more permanent basis by former Gamma Ray drummer Uli Kusch,[4] who only arrived when most of the album was already written.[5]

After two highly controversial studios projects and a live album, Helloween parted company with EMI records, aligning themselves with the more modestly sized Raw Power (an imprint of Castle Communications). Nevertheless, the effect of Deris and Kusch was to re-energize their collective fortunes. In Japan, "Master of The Rings" sold more than 120,000 copies.[6]

Commenting on the recording sections for the album, bassist Markus Grosskopf said:[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Irritation (Weik Editude 112 in C)"Michael Weikath1:14
2."Sole Survivor"Andi Deris, Weikath4:33
3."Where the Rain Grows"Deris, Weikath4:47
4."Why?"Deris4:11
5."Mr. Ego (Take Me Down)"Roland Grapow7:02
6."Perfect Gentleman"Deris, Weikath3:53
7."The Game Is On"Weikath4:40
8."Secret Alibi"Weikath5:49
9."Take Me Home"Grapow4:25
10."In the Middle of a Heartbeat"Deris, Weikath4:30
11."Still We Go"Grapow5:09

Expanded Edition (disc 2) Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Can't Fight Your Desire"Deris3:45
2."Star Invasion"Deris, Weikath4:47
3."Cold Sweat" (Thin Lizzy cover)Phil Lynott, John Sykes3:46
4."Silicon Dreams"Markus Grosskopf4:10
5."Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001 (In D Doll)"Grapow6:33
6."I Stole Your Love" (Kiss cover)Paul Stanley3:23
7."Closer to Home" (Grand Funk Railroad cover)Mark Farner8:13

Personnel[edit]

Helloween[edit]

Others[edit]

  • George Chin - Photography
  • Ian Cooper - Mastering
  • Jorn Ellerbrock - Programming
  • Tommy Hansen - Producer, Mixing, Programmer
  • Michael Tibes - Sound Engineer

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Japanese Albums Chart[7][not in citation given] 6
Swiss Albums Chart[8] 22
German Albums Chart[9] 23
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 26
Austrian Albums Chart[11] 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Jason. "Helloween - Master of the Rings review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 194. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ "Helloween – Master of The Rings (tracklist and versions)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  4. ^ Metal Storm. "Ingo Schwichtenberg".
  5. ^ a b Syrjala, Marko (11 January 2011). "Helloween – bassist Markus Grosskopf". Metal Rules. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  6. ^ Sunday Old School: Helloween
  7. ^ "Helloween - Master of The Rings (Japanese Charts)". oricon.co. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  8. ^ "Helloween - Master of The Rings (Swiss Charts)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  9. ^ "Helloween - Master of The Rings (German Charts)". charts.de. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  10. ^ "Helloween - Master of The Rings (Swedish Charts)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  11. ^ "Helloween - Master of The Rings (Austrian Charts)". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2013-10-23.