Helloween is primarily known for their Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, which many define as the two most influential albums in the history of power metal. That being said, there is much dilution in their discography, especially in the years immediately following their magna opera. Recently, they’ve come out strong with The Dark Ride, Gambling With the Devil, and 7 Sinners. So in conclusion, there’s no way to predict the quality of a Helloween album nowadays.
Germany’s power metal pioneers, Helloween, have existed for a whole 25 years, despite the numerous lineup changes. Though Unarmed – Best of 25th Anniversary was released in the Asia region on Dec 23, the rest of the world can expect it on Jan 29. As a celebration of their lengthy existence, the band decided to release a sort of thank you album for the fans. However, if you are a fan, do not expect to feel thanked. The album barely qualifies as a metal album, if at all. The deviation from the band’s standard style will be welcomed warmly by few, but scorned with contempt by many more.
As you all know, my major contribution to this blog have been my infamous early reviews for albums (mainly progressive or metal). My obvious silence is a result of a lack of exciting album releases these past months, as well as personal reasons. But with our primary contributor leaving, I feel obligated to help seal the cracks in this dilapidated site. Some of you are probably asking, “Are you still alive and well?” Uh, well… we’re still alive. Now I don’t have any definite plans for the near future, but if this blog is still up and running into the new year, here’s what I have coming:
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