Helloween

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Eligible since: 2010 (The 2011 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Helloween be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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The founders of power metal! OF COURSE THEY MUST BE IN!

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 01:13am


Hahaha...what a thoughtful comment! why is it so?

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 16:59pm


WE'VE GOT THE POWER!!! Helloween MUST BE IN!

Posted by Metalheart on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 19:34pm


If the RRHOF nominating committee finally does its homework on metal, then Helloween is a lock for induction.

Posted by Ray on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 10:46am


Nothing against Helloween (I had Keeper Of The Seven Keys back when people still bought tapes), but there's easily 50 metal bands that should be in front of them in line.

If there was a metal hall, they've earned a place. But even if the climate changed and metal got its due, there are so many better bands in front of them.

Posted by Dean on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 11:09am


Nothing against Helloween (I had Keeper Of The Seven Keys back when people still bought tapes), but there's easily 50 metal bands that should be in front of them in line.

If there was a metal hall, they've earned a place. But even if the climate changed and metal got its due, there are so many better bands in front of them.

Posted by Dean on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 11:09am

Um, which 50 metal bands do you put in front of them? I can think of Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Rush, Motorhead, Slayer, Queensryche, maybe Blue Oyster Cult and Pantera, but I really don't see anyone else more deserving than Helloween. Remember, Helloween was the first power/speed metal band and basically set the prototype for the whole genre, which may not be big in the Americas, but is absolutely huge in Europe. There have even been bands like Blind Guardian and Nightwish that owe due credit to Helloween and yet deserve induction to the RRHOF for influence and innovation in their own right, with DragonForce (immensely influenced by Helloween) a possibility to join them in the future. Really, unless you're just analyzing the American music scene, you're only able to find about 10 groups, tops...

Posted by Ray on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 12:34pm


Okay, I forgot about hair metal. Add Def Leppard to the list.

Posted by Ray on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 12:36pm


Okay, I forgot about hair metal. Add Def Leppard to the list.

Posted by Ray on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 12:36pm

Or you could not. It depends on how influencial Def Leppard was on the hair metal scene.

A band you could add might be Death, for creating death metal. It depends on how influencial you think death metal is compared to power metal. The more I think about, it's probably a yes...

Posted by Ray on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 12:52pm


Instead of 50, how about 100?

I deliberately cast a wide net and don't differentiate between hard rock and heavy metal. No two metalheads ever draw the line in the same place anyway, and I deliberately included acts that I might not consider metal, but others might. The whole "so and so isn't metal" thing to me is so annoying. I don't care. I care if they are good or not.

But we're talking about Helloween. Don't get me wrong - they're a solid band. Influential? Yes. But lets not overestimate their influence. They helped create a sub-genre. That doesn't exactly make 'em Sabbath.

They were big in Europe. This is the classic excuse for bands that people like that didn't have commercial success in the US. I don't care. David Hasselhoff is big in Europe, too. There's plenty of crappy bands on both sides of the pond that get plenty of undue attention.

I'm not trying to disparage Helloween, or Power Metal in general. I'm just trying to say, "lets have some perspective here." Appreciate them for their accomplishments, yes, but lets not go overboard. Otherwise, you'll start sounding like one of those indie-geeks who insist that Kraftwerk and Yo La Tengo somehow are tragically unappreciated.

Anyway, here you go, not 50, but 100 bands - of admittedly varying quality, but yet all are acts who should be honored before Helloween. And no, Def Leppard is NOT on this list.


Led Zep, Sabbath, Purple, Priest, AC/DC, Kinks, Iggy and the Stooges, Motörhead, Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Coven, UFO, Rush, Kiss, Scorpions, Ted Nugent, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Ozzy (solo), Rainbow, Dio, Queen, Saxon, Mercyful Fate, WASP, Raven, Yngwie Malmsteen, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Overkill, Danzig, Testament, Metal Church, Death, Exodus, Armored Saint, Destruction, Annihilator, Death Angel, Nuclear Assault, D.R.I., Exhorder, The Cult, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Extreme, Blind Guardian, Mayhem, Bathory, Cannibal Corpse, Cathedral, Faith No More, Janes Addiction, Living Colour, Rollins Band, Suicidal Tendencies, Voivod, Sepultura, Pantera, GWAR, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tool, Down, Crowbar, Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Label Society, Iced Earth, In Flames, Fear Factory, Machine Head, Static-X, Type O Negative, Soulfly, Nevermore, Sevendust, Disturbed, Queens Of The Stone Age, Godsmack, Buckcherry, Korn, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, Guns N Roses, Tesla, Skid Row, Twisted Sister, Bruce Dickinson (solo), Rob Halford (solo), King Diamond (solo), Lita Ford, Joan Jett

Posted by Dean on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 13:04pm


And I can guess that fans of the various types of metal can name another 50 bands that belong before many of those you have named Dean. This is an almost impossible list to create. In the end, it still will come down to politics and I fear most metal bands will never see the light of day when it comes to the Hall of Fame (Shame). By the way - GWAR - why? Live show as the reason?

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 14:20pm


The overwhelming majority of those bands, whether I'm fans of them or not, are not bands that I think should go to Cleveland. Maybe 20 or so, max.

On the other hand, I think that list (and I'm sure I've omitted at least 50 bands, probably more) would make a great METAL Hall Of Fame (if there were such a place, Helloween would have a spot waiting for them).

As for GWAR, they're a niche act, yes, but they're truly phenominal live. There is nothing quite like a GWAR show. Nobody has fused camp and metal quite like them. Now, if you want to say that nobody SHOULD have fused them, that'd be a fair critique, but what they do, they do very well.

The point really wasn't to promote GWAR (who I don't even think is listed on this site), but rather to point out that Helloween is a good band, but that's about it. They're Iron Maiden without the great songs. And that still makes them pretty good, but pretty good doesn't cut it. The bar's got to be set higher then that.

Posted by Dean on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 14:31pm


Some of the metal bands that created new genres;

Skyclad
Cannibal Corspe
Eyehategod
Napalm Death
Death
Carcass
Godflesh
Ministry
Fates Warning
Kyruss

Posted by S.R on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 18:13pm


More influential metal bands:

Sepultura
Body Count
Venom
Mayhem
Type O Negative
My Dying Bride
Pantera
Candlemass
Morbid Angel
Diamondhead

Posted by S.R on Thursday, 04.2.09 @ 18:42pm


No brainer! Best power metal band ever!

Posted by HellOween on Thursday, 04.9.09 @ 01:04am


More influential metal bands:

Sepultura
Body Count
Venom
Mayhem
Type O Negative
My Dying Bride
Pantera
Candlemass
Morbid Angel
Diamondhead
_______________

uhhh, no? Venom, thats about it. the power metal genre is huge in south america and in europe, and most power metal bands owe it to helloween

helloween definetaly deserves a spot. If you dont agree, chances are you live in north america.

Posted by max b on Wednesday, 08.12.09 @ 23:01pm


i dunno why they werent inducted this year. Helloween rocks man they should be inducted one day

Posted by Spider on Friday, 07.30.10 @ 16:44pm


Definitivamente Helloween merece un lugar en el Rock & Roll Hall, ellos definieron al Power Metal.

Posted by Gabriel on Sunday, 09.5.10 @ 11:29am


Of course Helloween needs to be in. Rock, no. Metal, yes. After all, they created the Power Metal genre, a genre which has spawned countless other bands.

Posted by Kaine on Thursday, 12.30.10 @ 00:29am


The Hall's not just bias but entire dismissal and outright hostily against NWOBHM, prog rock and power metal is borderline enough to just discredit them.

Of course Helloween should get in. Of course they never will.

Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 10:48am


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