Total Metal Shop

HELLOWEEN “Chameleon” /2LP/


    Band Info

    Band: HELLOWEEN
  • Product Code: BMGCAT2LP74
  • Availability: In Stock

  • € 49.90
  • € 46.90

  • Price in bonus-scraps: 469

< >

HELLOWEEN

First re-release of the fifth full-length studio album by legendary German Blues/Progressive/Hard Rock/Metal band.
Band's most musically adventurous release, but also their least commercially successful. It is also their last studio album to feature singer Michael Kiske, until 2021's self-titled album, as well as their last with original drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. It was Schwichtenberg's last album to be recorded during his lifetime. This was also the last Helloween album for EMI Records.
The album was a failure both critically and commercially, and vocalist Michael Kiske and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg were fired after the subsequent promotional tour.
The band were lambasted with debts of the amount of two million Deutschmarks, and were just trying to get rid of that and thought that if they made the album commercial it would work. Grapow stated that "Chameleon" was something that the band needed to do. A lot of people hated it in the beginning but a lot of people later, when they're 20 years older, just realized it's like a good Rock album. Grapow still liked the album and stated that it's a really deep and timeless album that is not so much for the big Metal fans. Helloween wanted to change the musical direction and try some new material. That was the main reason. There wasn't any pressure from the label or from the outside. Nobody at the label heard the demos, and the band had 100% control. Grapow described "Chameleon" as the three Helloween songwriters' solo record.
Bass player Markus Grosskopf stated that "Chameleon" captured the time and the mood that the band was in, so he doesn't see it as a mistake. Helloween was not able to do anything different, and they weren't interested in doing anything else. Grosskopf thought that "Chameleon" had to be done like that, to come to a point where the band had to change themselves. Grosskopf thought "Chameleon" was a cool album, but it sounded a bit weird with Helloween written on it. It was a difficult album to make because they had some serious personal problems at that time.
Along with its predecessor, "Pink Bubbles Go Ape", "Chameleon" marked a period of personal turmoil and professional miscalculations for Helloween. "Chameleon" is a nutty amalgamation of Yngwie Malmsteen-ish weirdly refined Classical/Metal Crossover, Blues-y stadium Rock, Brit Pop, Synth-Heavy Prog Rock, Folk, Big Band Swing, some straight-up pre-Trans-Siberian Orchestra Metal sprawl and more. Maybe only the staunchest of Helloween fans should be interested in "Chameleon" and its surprising variety of themes, both musical and lyrical. However, maybe not only, who knows...
Yet the redeeming qualities might make this worth picking up. Packed with a bunch of mini-epics that are creative in terms of musicianship, this album is accomplished in that no other band has ever dared to do something so far out of their comfort zone, and the band should be applauded for it!
Remastered from the original master tapes, high quality heavyweight 180g double vinyl in gatefold cover.
Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, 1993/2016 (BMGCAT2LP74). 


Tracklist:

Side One
1. First Time 5:30
2. When The Sinner 6:54
3. I Don't Wanna Cry No More 5:11
Side Two
4. Crazy Cat 3:29
5. Giants 6:40
6. Windmill 5:06
Running time: 32:50 min.

Side Three
1. Revolution Now 8:04
2. In The Night 5:38
3. Music 7:00
Side Four
4. Step Out Of Hell 4:25
5. I Believe 9:12
6. Longing 4:15
Running time: 38:34 min.

Total playing time: 71:24 min.



Leave a review

Please login or register to review


Related Products

HELLOWEEN “High Live” /DVD; Live/
HELLOWEEN “High Live” /DVD; Live/

Re-release on DVD of the debut full-length VHS by the legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. This is the second DVD of Helloween. Recorded in Milan, Italy 21st May, and Pamplona and Girona, Spain on 31st May and 1st June 1996, "High Live" is definitely not a new release, but the fact th..

€ 5.90

HELLOWEEN “Keeper Of The Seven Keys – The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006 (Live On 3 Continents)” /2DVD; Live/
HELLOWEEN “Keeper Of The Seven Keys – The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006 (Live On 3 Continents)” /2DVD; Live/

The fourth DVD by the legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. Helloween are undeniably one of the most influential Heavy Metal bands to emerge from Europe during the 1980s. By taking the harmonies and structure of classic bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and infusing them with the urgency a..

€ 7.90

HELLOWEEN “Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary” /Ltd. CD + DVD Digipack/
HELLOWEEN “Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary” /Ltd. CD + DVD Digipack/

Limited Edition release of an album with completely re-arranged and re-recorded, in Symphonic Rock/Acoustic Rock/Jazz style, best songs of legendary German Power/Speed Metal band! Helloween takes the next step in alternative visioning! The best way for describe this is as the songs re-worked into a..

€ 19.90

HELLOWEEN "Straight Out Of Hell" /Ltd. 2LP/
HELLOWEEN "Straight Out Of Hell" /Ltd. 2LP/

The fourteenth full-length album by legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. The band has been on a rampage lately, with their last two releases "Gambling With The Devil" and "7 Sinners", and it continues fully on "Straight Out of Hell". The songs are very well written..

€ 89.90

HELLOWEEN “My God-Given Right” /2LP/
HELLOWEEN “My God-Given Right” /2LP/

The fifteenth full-length studio album by legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. The stalwart German outfit's "My God-Given Right" is a Power Metal cornucopia spilling over with commercial-grade sweets and cheeses. Bolstered by the dizzying guitar work of Michael Weikath and Sascha ..

€ 29.90

HELLOWEEN “My God-Given Right” /Ltd. 2LP/
HELLOWEEN “My God-Given Right” /Ltd. 2LP/

The fifteenth full-length album by legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. The stalwart German outfit's "My God-Given Right" is a Power Metal cornucopia spilling over with commercial-grade sweets and cheeses. Bolstered by the dizzying guitar work of Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstne..

€ 59.90

HELLOWEEN “My God-Given Right” /Ltd. Picture 2LP/
HELLOWEEN “My God-Given Right” /Ltd. Picture 2LP/

The fifteenth full-length studio album by legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. The stalwart German outfit's "My God-Given Right" is a Power Metal cornucopia spilling over with commercial-grade sweets and cheeses. Bolstered by the dizzying guitar work of Michael Weikath and Sascha ..

€ 34.90

HELLOWEEN “Starlight – The Noise Records Collection” /Ltd. 7LP + Slipmat + Poster Box Set/
HELLOWEEN “Starlight – The Noise Records Collection” /Ltd. 7LP + Slipmat + Poster Box Set/

Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset by legendary German Heavy/Power/Speed Metal band. Formed in Hamburg in 1984, Helloween is arguably the most influential Heavy Metal band to come out of Germany. Their benchmark 1987 album "Keeper Of The Seven Keys" is the record that turned the band into bona..

DIscount -18%

€ 179.90 € 219.90

HELLOWEEN “Helloween” + “Walls Of Jericho” + “Judas” /Limited Expanded Edition 2CD/
HELLOWEEN “Helloween” + “Walls Of Jericho” + “Judas” /Limited Expanded Edition 2CD/

Expanded Edition re-release of the debut Mini-LP, “Helloween”, debut full-length album, “Walls Of Jericho”, and the first Single, “Judas”, by the legendary German Speed/Power Metal band. Three cult releases in one set! And, regarding a lot of fans opinion, the be..

€ 19.90

HELLOWEEN "7 Sinners" /CD/
HELLOWEEN "7 Sinners" /CD/

Thirteenth full-length album by the legendary German Power Metal band. "7 Sinners" is definitively one of the fastest and hardest albums in the Helloweens' history and it bursts with vitality. That might partly be due to the versatility of the various songwriters within the band, who ..

€ 14.90

HELLOWEEN "7 Sinners" /Ltd. Digipack CD/
HELLOWEEN "7 Sinners" /Ltd. Digipack CD/

Thirteenth full-length album by the legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. "7 Sinners" is definitively one of the fastest and hardest albums in the Helloweens' history and it bursts with vitality. That might partly be due to the versatility of the various songwriters within the band..

€ 29.90

HELLOWEEN "Better Than Raw" /Limited Expanded Edition CD/
HELLOWEEN "Better Than Raw" /Limited Expanded Edition CD/

Expanded Edition re-release of the eighth full-length studio album by legendary German Power Metal band. The album pretty much unfolds with a consistent flow, including all the trappings of the Power Metal genre. It's about as good as band get, especially considering that it was released at aro..

€ 14.90

HELLOWEEN "Gambling With The Devil" /CD/
HELLOWEEN "Gambling With The Devil" /CD/

The 12th full-length album by the legendary Power Speed Metal band from Germany. For the first time band combine Thrash Metal intensity with the melody and majestic imagery of the NWOBHM, based on Power and Speed Metal. Following 2005's "Keeper Of The Seven Keys: The Legacy", on which..

€ 13.90

HELLOWEEN "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part I" /Ltd. Expanded Edition CD/
HELLOWEEN "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part I" /Ltd. Expanded Edition CD/

First remastered re-release of the second full-length album by the legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. Arguably a blueprint for the Power/Speed Metal scene as a whole, "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part I" was a strong album that quite obviously deserves the classic title. Helloween fin..

€ 15.90

HELLOWEEN "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part II" /Limited Expanded Edition 2CD/
HELLOWEEN "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part II" /Limited Expanded Edition 2CD/

First remastered re-release of the third full-length studio album by legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. The album capitalized on the success of “Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part I” and picks up where it left off. The magic that made "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part I", a tr..

€ 16.90

HELLOWEEN "Pink Bubbles Go Ape" /CD/
HELLOWEEN "Pink Bubbles Go Ape" /CD/

Expanded Edition re-release of the fourth full-length album by the legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. Album was released in 1991 in the UK and Holland and one year later in Germany, because of the band's conflict with Noise Records. It marked the departure guitarist and band founder Kai H..

€ 14.90

HELLOWEEN "Straight Out Of Hell" /Ltd. Digipack CD/
HELLOWEEN "Straight Out Of Hell" /Ltd. Digipack CD/

Limited Deluxe Edition of the fourteenth full-length album by legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. The band has been on a rampage lately, with their last two releases "Gambling With The Devil" and "7 Sinners", and it continues fully on "Straight Out of Hell". The s..

€ 29.90

HELLOWEEN “Helloween” + “Walls Of Jericho” + “Judas” /Ltd. Expanded Edition 2CD/
HELLOWEEN “Helloween” + “Walls Of Jericho” + “Judas” /Ltd. Expanded Edition 2CD/

Expanded Edition re-release of the debut Mini-LP, “Helloween”, debut full-length album, “Walls Of Jericho”, and the first Single, “Judas”, by the legendary German Speed/Power Metal band. Three cult releases in one set! And, regarding a lot of fans opinion, the be..

DIscount -30%

€ 13.90 € 19.90

HELLOWEEN “My God-Given Right” /Ltd. 2CD Earbook/
HELLOWEEN “My God-Given Right” /Ltd. 2CD Earbook/

Limited Special Edition of the fifteenth full-length studio album by legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. The stalwart German outfit's "My God-Given Right" is a Power Metal cornucopia spilling over with commercial-grade sweets and cheeses. Bolstered by the dizzying guitar work of ..

DIscount -13%

€ 25.90 € 29.90

HELLOWEEN “My God-Given Right” /Ltd. Special Edition 3D Digipack CD/
HELLOWEEN “My God-Given Right” /Ltd. Special Edition 3D Digipack CD/

The fifteenth full-length album by legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. The stalwart German outfit's "My God-Given Right" is a Power Metal cornucopia spilling over with commercial-grade sweets and cheeses. Bolstered by the dizzying guitar work of Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstne..

€ 17.90

HELLOWEEN “Rabbit Don’t Come Easy” /Ltd. Special Edition Digipack CD/
HELLOWEEN “Rabbit Don’t Come Easy” /Ltd. Special Edition Digipack CD/

Special Edition second re-release of the tenth full-length album by the legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. This album is something of a return to roots for the band. It combines many old classic Helloween elements with newer sounds and modern production. After the controversial release of &ld..

€ 16.90

HELLOWEEN “Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary” /CD/
HELLOWEEN “Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary” /CD/

An album with completely re-arranged and re-recorded, in Symphonic Rock/Acoustic Rock/Jazz style, best songs of legendary German Power/Speed Metal band! Helloween takes the next step in alternative visioning! The best way for describe this is as the songs re-worked into a style that would be best d..

€ 9.90

HELLOWEEN "Walls Of Jericho" /Acryl Magnet/
HELLOWEEN "Keepers Live" /Acryl Magnet/
HELLOWEEN "I Want Out" /Acryl Magnet/
HELLOWEEN "I Want Out" /Acryl Magnet/

64mm x 64mm..

€ 0.90

HELLOWEEN "Dr. Stein" /Acryl Magnet/
HELLOWEEN "Dr. Stein" /Acryl Magnet/

64mm x 64mm..

€ 0.90

HELLOWEEN "Judas" /Acryl Magnet/
HELLOWEEN "Judas" /Acryl Magnet/

64mm x 64mm..

€ 0.90

HELLOWEEN "Helloween" /Acryl Magnet/
HELLOWEEN "Helloween" /Acryl Magnet/

64mm x 64mm..

€ 0.90

HELLOWEEN "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part I" /Acryl Magnet/
HELLOWEEN “Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part II” /GLP/
HELLOWEEN “Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part II” /GLP/

Second European re-release of the third full-length studio album by legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. The album capitalized on the success of “Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part I” and picks up where it left off. The magic that made "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part I", a tri..

DIscount -13%

€ 34.90 € 39.90

HELLOWEEN “Walls Of Jericho” /LP/
HELLOWEEN “Walls Of Jericho” /LP/

Remastered re-release of the debut full-length studio album by legendary German Speed/Power Metal band. The only full-length album featuring Kai Hansen as lead vocalist until 2021's "Helloween", although he would continue to act as guitarist on the two following albums. Helloween fol..

€ 34.90

HELLOWEEN “The Time Of The Oath” /Ltd. Expanded Edition 2CD/
HELLOWEEN “The Time Of The Oath” /Ltd. Expanded Edition 2CD/

Expanded Edition re-release of the seventh full-length studio album by legendary German Power/Speed Metal band. The first album following the death of the original drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg, who was fired from the band after "Chameleon" and later committed suicide. This album was dedica..

€ 14.90

SUPPORT UKRAINE
<b>SUPPORT UKRAINE</b>
GLORY TO UKRAINE!

SUPPORT THE ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE