Vocalist Michael Kiske was (born January 24, 1968 in Hamburg, Germany), best known as the lead vocalist for the German Power metal band Helloween from 1987 to 1993.
Prior to joining Helloween, Kiske sang with the German band "Ill Prophecy", beginning at age 17. The band recorded a demo, but it was never released commercially.
When he was still a teen, at age 19, Kiske was asked to join the then unknown power metal band Helloween, which was fronted by singer/guitarrist Kai Hansen. Kai Hansen considered that his skills as singer where not as good as the group needed and by vocalizing further he would only be damaging, instead of helping the band. They found youth Michael Kiske quite impressive; Kiske however, refused at first but later reconsidered. Michael Kiske enrolled in Helloween in 1987 and recorded Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1, widely considered to be one of Helloween's best albums and a milestone in the creation of the power metal genre. Kiske continued his work with Helloween until his release in 1993. With them he recorded Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II, Pink Bubbles Go Ape and Chameleon. He was released in 1993, reputably for pers...