Helloween war von 2000 bis 2003 bei Nuclear Blast. In dieser Zeit haben sie folgende Alben herausgebracht:
• If I Could Fly (2000, Single, Info)
• The Dark Ride (2000, Info | Shop)
• Just A Little Sign (2003, Single, Info)
• Rabbit Don’t Come Easy (2003, Info | Shop)
The German metalheads decided, after the sensational success of their last album “Better Than Raw” (German chart position 16) and the highly successful support tour for Iron Maiden, to take a rather long break which was only interrupted by the “Metal Jukebox” cover version album. This was the last album for Castle Communications and the guys were, due to their success, able to seek a new label at their own pace. Nuclear Blast won the battle in the end and the band were free to concentrate solely on the recording of their new album, “The Dark Ride”. The new album, which was recorded at the Derris Studios on Tenerife, flaunts the typical Helloween trademarks and will leave no fan disappointed. Together with producer, Roy Z. (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford) an album has been created which will set the standards for power metal much higher than before and is sure to shock competitors in the genre.