Master of the Rings
|Master of the Rings|
|Studio album by Helloween|
|Released||8 July 1994|
|Studio||Chateau du Pape, Hamburg, Germany|
84:49 (with bonus tracks)
|Producer||Tommy Hansen and Helloween|
|Singles from Master of the Rings|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||8/10|
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
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, who only arrived when most of the album was already written.
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.
Commenting on the recording sections for the album, bassist Markus Grosskopf said:
|“||It was very quick because there was a couple of songs Weiki [Michael Weikath, guitarist] did and Roland [Grapow, second guitarist] had a couple of stuff and then combined with the stuff Andi brought into the band you know it was very functioning and amazing because it went all so quick. We had like three months to rehearse and then the studio was booked and... That was a very quick session and I kind of liked that. There was also a drummer change because we got Uli Kusch in but we still did all that within like three months.||”|
|1.||"Irritation (Weik Editude 112 in C)"||Michael Weikath||1:14|
|2.||"Sole Survivor"||Andi Deris, Weikath||4:33|
|3.||"Where the Rain Grows"||Deris, Weikath||4:47|
|5.||"Mr. Ego (Take Me Down)"||Roland Grapow||7:02|
|6.||"Perfect Gentleman"||Deris, Weikath||3:53|
|7.||"The Game Is On"||Weikath||4:40|
|9.||"Take Me Home"||Grapow||4:25|
|10.||"In the Middle of a Heartbeat"||Deris, Weikath||4:30|
|11.||"Still We Go"||Grapow||5:09|
|Japanese version bonus tracks|
|12.||"Can't Fight Your Desire"||Deris||3:45|
|13.||"Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001 (In D Doll)"||Grapow||6:33|
Expanded Edition (disc 2) Track listing
|1.||"Can't Fight Your Desire"||Deris||3:45|
|2.||"Star Invasion"||Deris, Weikath||4:47|
|3.||"Cold Sweat" (Thin Lizzy cover)||Phil Lynott, John Sykes||3:46|
|4.||"Silicon Dreams"||Markus Grosskopf||4:10|
|5.||"Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001 (In D Doll)"||Grapow||6:33|
|6.||"I Stole Your Love" (Kiss cover)||Paul Stanley||3:23|
|7.||"Closer to Home" (Grand Funk Railroad cover)||Mark Farner||8:13|
- M - 1,2 also appears on the "Mr. Ego" and "Where The Rain Grows" singles.
- M - 3,4,5 also appears on the "Perfect Gentleman" single.
- M - 6,7 also appears on the "Sole Survivor" single.
- Andi Deris - vocals
- Michael Weikath - guitar
- Roland Grapow - guitar, lead vocals on "Closer to Home"
- Markus Grosskopf - bass
- Uli Kusch - drums
- George Chin - Photography
- Ian Cooper - Mastering
- Jorn Ellerbrock - Programming
- Tommy Hansen - Producer, Mixing, Programmer
- Michael Tibes - Sound Engineer
|Japanese Albums Chart[not in citation given]||6|
|Swiss Albums Chart||22|
|German Albums Chart||23|
|Swedish Albums Chart||26|
|Austrian Albums Chart||34|
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