Origin: Germany  
Genres: Power Metal
DISBANDED
Page online: August 31, 2004
Last update/review: September 8, 2004

Heavens Gate

One of the older German power metal bands, Heavens Gate formed in 1982, under the name Steeltower. As Steeltower, they released Night Of The Dog in 1984, but following a lineup change or two, they decided to rename themselves as Heavens Gate. They recorded frequently throughout the nineties, ending with Menergy in 1999. A quick listen to Hell For Sale! reveals the band firmly entrenched in classic Euro power metal, with clear Judas Priest and Helloween influences, and on certain songs (notably "Rising Sun") the everpresent happy chorus that seemingly every German band includes in their songs. To their credit, though, this was released in 1992, several years before much of the current crop of soundalikes were on the scene. By the end of their career, their style had altered slightly, as the aforementioned Menergy shows a slightly darker side of the band. Of trivial note is the presence here of guitarist Sascha Paeth, who has gone on to become a well-known and respected metal producer.

Last Lineup

Thomas Rettke

vocals

Bonny Bilski

guitars

Sascha Paeth

guitars (Avantasia)

Robert Hunecke-Rizzo

bass

Thorsten Mueller

drums

Former Members/Guests

Ingo Millek

guitars

Bernd Kaufholz

guitars

Manni Jordan

bass



Discography



Night Of The Dog  
1984 Mausoleum
  1. Intro
  2. Night of the Dog
  3. Hell And Fire
  4. Save My Life
  5. Angel's Devil
  6. Gotta Believe No Angel
  7. Break the Law
  8. Powerdrive
  9. Bring Up the Night
  10. Devil's Dreamer
  • Thomas Rettke
  • Ingo Millek
  • Bernd Kaufholz
  • Manni Jordan
  • Thorsten Mueller



In Control  
1988 No Remorse
  1. The Gate
  2. In Control
  3. Turn It Down
  4. Surrender
  5. Hot Fever
  6. Tyrants
  7. Path of Glory
  8. Shadows
  9. Cry It Out
  10. This Flight Tonight
  • Thomas Rettke
  • Bonny Bilski
  • Sascha Paeth
  • Manni Jordan
  • Thorsten Mueller



Open The Gate And Watch!  EP
1990 No Remorse
  1. Open the Gate And Watch!
  2. Touch the Light
  3. Dancin' on a Rope
  4. Rock On
  5. Pictures in the Mirror
  6. Cry It Out
  • Thomas Rettke
  • Bonny Bilski
  • Sascha Paeth
  • Manni Jordan
  • Thorsten Mueller



Livin' In Hysteria  
1991 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Livin' in Hysteria
  2. We Got the Time
  3. The Never Ending Fire
  4. Empty Way to Nowhere
  5. Fredless
  6. Can't Stop Rocking
  7. Flashes
  8. Best Days of My Life
  9. We Want It All
  10. Gate of Heaven
  • Thomas Rettke
  • Bonny Bilski
  • Sascha Paeth
  • Manni Jordan
  • Thorsten Mueller



More Hysteria  EP
1992 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Thin, Fake And Bold
  2. Metal Hymn
  3. Sidewalk Sinner
  4. Best Days of My Life
  5. Rising Sun
  • Thomas Rettke
  • Bonny Bilski
  • Sascha Paeth
  • Manni Jordan
  • Thorsten Mueller



Hell For Sale!  
1992 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Under Fire
  2. Hell for Sale!
  3. He's the Man
  4. Starts'n'Stripes
  5. America
  6. Atomic
  7. Rising Sun
  8. No Matter
  9. Up An' Down
  10. Don't Bring Me Down
  11. White Evil
  12. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
  • Thomas Rettke
  • Bonny Bilski
  • Sascha Paeth
  • Manni Jordan
  • Thorsten Mueller



Live For Sale  
1993 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Overture
  2. Metal Hymn
  3. Under Fire
  4. Hell for Sale!
  5. We Got the Time
  6. Path of Glory
  7. The Never Ending Fire
  8. Best Days of My Life
  9. Livin' in Hysteria
  10. Tyrants
  11. He's the Man
  12. White Evil
  13. Gate of Heaven
  14. In Control
  • Thomas Rettke
  • Bonny Bilski
  • Sascha Paeth
  • Manni Jordan
  • Thorsten Mueller



Planet E  
1996 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Terminated World
  2. Planet Earth
  3. Back from the Dawn
  4. On the Edge
  5. The Children Play
  6. Rebel Yell
  7. Black Religion
  8. Animal
  9. Noah's Dream
  10. This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us
  11. The Sentinel
  • Thomas Rettke
  • Bonny Bilski
  • Sascha Paeth
  • Manni Jordan
  • Thorsten Mueller



In The Mood  EP
1996 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Noah's Dream
  2. Planet Earth
  3. The Children Play
  4. In the Mood
  5. Medley
  6. Don't Bring Me Down
  • Thomas Rettke
  • Bonny Bilski
  • Sascha Paeth
  • Robert Hunecke-Rizzo
  • Thorsten Mueller



Menergy  
1999 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Teleshoot
  2. Worldmachine
  3. Teleshoot
  4. Mastermind
  5. Teleshoot
  6. Menergy
  7. Teleshoot
  8. Enter: Eternity
  9. Teleshoot
  10. Breakin' Loose
  11. Teleshoot
  12. Dreamland
  13. Teleshoot
  14. Looking Back
  15. Teleshoot
  16. Evolution
  17. Teleshoot
  18. On My Knees
  19. Teleshoot
  20. Dreamer-Believer
  21. Teleshoot
  22. Glass People
  23. Teleshoot
  • Thomas Rettke
  • Bonny Bilski
  • Sascha Paeth
  • Robert Hunecke-Rizzo
  • Thorsten Mueller



Boxed  COMPILATION
1999 Steamhammer/SPV




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