Walls of Jericho (album)

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Walls of Jericho
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1985
RecordedSeptember – October 1985
StudioMusiclab Studio, Berlin, Germany
GenreSpeed metal
ProducerHarris Johns and Helloween
Helloween chronology
Walls of Jericho
Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[2]

Walls of Jericho is the debut full-length studio album by German power metal band Helloween, released in 1985 on LP by Noise Records.[4] It is the only album featuring Kai Hansen as lead vocalist, although he would continue to act as guitarist on subsequent albums.

In 1988, Walls of Jericho was released on CD. Due to the enhanced capacity of the CD, the Helloween EP/mini-LP and the song "Judas" from the Judas EP were added to the Walls of Jericho track listing; they are now released as a compilation. In the late 1980s, due to a manufacturing error, side one of several cassette copies of Walls of Jericho accidentally contained the music of Celtic Frost's To Mega Therion, confusing many first-time Helloween listeners.

Track listings[edit]

All Songs written by Kai Hansen, except where noted

Original Edition[edit]

Side one
1."Walls of Jericho"Michael Weikath, Kai Hansen0:53
2."Ride the Sky" 5:54
5."Phantoms of Death" 6:33
Side two
6."Metal Invaders" 4:10
7."Gorgar"Weikath, Hansen3:57
8."Heavy Metal (Is the Law)"Weikath, Hansen4:08
9."How Many Tears"Weikath7:15

1987 CD Edition[edit]

1."Starlight"Weikath, Hansen5:17
2."Murderer" 4:26
3."Warrior" 4:00
4."Victim of Fate" 6:37
5."Cry for Freedom"Weikath, Hansen6:02
6."Walls of Jericho / Ride the Sky"Weikath, Hansen6:45
9."Phantoms of Death" 6:33
10."Metal Invaders" 4:10
11."Gorgar"Weikath, Hansen3:57
12."Heavy Metal (Is the Law)"Weikath, Hansen4:00
13."How Many Tears"Weikath7:15
14."Judas" 4:43
Total length:71:37

2006 Remastered & Expanded Edition[edit]

Disc one is the same as above.

Disc two
1."Murderer" (remix) 4:34
2."Ride the Sky" (remix) 6:46
3."Intro / Ride the Sky" (live) 7:17
4."Guardians" (live)Weikath4:26
5."Oernst of Life"Weikath4:46
6."Metal Invaders" (demo version) 4:37
7."Surprise Track (White Christmas - I'll Be Your Santa Claus)"Traditional2:08
Total length:34:34
  • Tracks 1 & 2 also appear on the album Treasure Chest.
  • Tracks 3 & 4 also appear on the Judas EP.
  • Tracks 5 & 6 also appear on the Death Metal compilation.
  • Track 7 also appears on the Helloween EP.


Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Produced, engineered and mixed by Harris Johns
  • Edda and Uwe Karczewski – Cover design
  • Peter Vahlefeld – Layout, typography


Chart (1989) Peak
Japanese Albums Chart[5][failed verification] 75


  • The titular entity in the song "Gorgar" is the first talking pinball machine ever produced.[6]
  • The main theme of Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" is used in the song "Gorgar."
  • The intro to "Starlight" is taken from a commercial in the movie Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
  • The song "Heavy Metal (Is the Law)" is not an official live recording. Rather, crowd noise was added.
  • The live versions of "Ride the Sky" and "Guardians" are not live recordings; they are the same songs as found on Walls of Jericho but with crowd noise mixed in. The actual live versions of the two songs appeared only on the original 12" vinyl edition of the "Judas" single.
  • Professional wrestler Chris Jericho took his ring name and the name of his submission maneuver from the title of this album.


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Helloween Walls of Jericho review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. ^ Stagno, Mike (2006-10-31). "Helloween - Walls of Jericho". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  4. ^ "Helloween - Walls of Jericho". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
  5. ^ "Helloween - Walls of Jericho (Japanese Charts)". oricon.co. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  6. ^ "The Internet Pinball Database Presents Gorgar". The Internet Pinball Database. Retrieved 2011-12-30.

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