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Noise (1985)
Rating: 9/10

Helloween were the pick of the bands that appeared on last year’s Death Metal compilation album, and they’ve certainly come up with the goods on their debut mini-LP.

The twin lead guitar attack of Kai Hansen and Michael Weikath gives the band a slight Iron Maiden-ish feel, especially on ‘Starlight’ and ‘Murderer’, but the band’s overall intense frenzied approach results in Helloween being one of Germany’s most exciting new bands.

‘Warrior’ is power metal at its best, while the slow intro to ‘Cry For Freedom’ soon makes way for an orgy of superb thrash. However, the best track has to be the totally brilliant ‘Victim Of Fate’ where the instrumentation is faultless.

So an excellent debut, and all we want now is the full-length album.

Bernard Doe

Review taken from Metal Forces, Issue 11 (1985)