German power metallers HELLOWEEN have finished filming a video for the new version of their German Top 10 single "Dr. Stein" with Oliver Sommer from AVA Studios. The clip, which will make its German online debut on January 8 via Tape.tv, is described in a press release as "a comical video where the guys don't take themselves too serious and intentionally present the band in a very self-ironic way!"
Check out photos from the video shoot below.
HELLOWEEN has teamed up with Sony Music in co-operation with SPV Records, to release the band's upcoming albums. The group's long awaited "Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary" album will be made available in Europe on January 29, 2010. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced.
The artwork, which can be viewed below, was once again created by Martin Haeusler, who had previously worked with HELLOWEEN on the "The Legacy" and the "Gambling With The Devil" releases.
The photo shoot for the album packaging took place at a salt lake near Los Angeles and a detailed making-of story will be featured on the band's official web site soon.
"Unarmed" will be released in a limited-edition version with a very special digipack, including a 30-minute making-of DVD, containing interviews and studio footage. It will also be made available as a double vinyl.
The band says, "'Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary' is a big 'thank-you' to all our fans, old and new, all over the world! Instead of putting together a regular greatest-hits compilation featuring our most successful tracks to celebrate this anniversary, we completely rearranged and re-recorded the greatest songs and melodies of our career. Together with our tried and tested producer, Charlie Bauerfeind, we invited many great musicians to guest on this special record, with the doubtless highlight of having the 70-piece Prague Symphonic Orchestra performing 'The Keeper's Trilogy', a 17-minute medley consisting of the songs 'Halloween', 'Keeper Of The Seven Keys' and 'The King for A 1000 Years' — goose bumps guaranteed!
"We aren't one of those bands who like to celebrate themselves, we just want to say 'thank you' in our own special way to all of you who have followed us through the past 25 years. To us, this album stands for an official celebration.
"It was a big challenge and great experience and we had a lot of fun recording our most important tracks in an entirely new 'outfit' and with new arrangements. We hope you like them!
"Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary" will feature the following tracks:
01. Dr. Stein
02. Future World
03. If I Could Fly
04. Where The Rain Grows
05. The Keeper's Trilogy
06. Eagle Fly Free
07. Perfect Gentleman
08. Forever & One
09. I Want Out
10. Falling To Pieces
11. A Tale That Wasn't Right
30-second audio samples of all the tracks that appear on "Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary" can be streamed below.