HELLOWEEN / Unarmed – Best of 25th Anniversary (2009)
Helloween celebrated their 25th year by re-recording some of their classics in an acoustic / symphonic style. The addition of piano works well but my initial reaction was that the arrangements weren't well suited to the format. That is, until I got to the 17 minute Keeper's Trilogy (a medley of Halloween, Keeper Of The Seven Keys, and The King for A 1000 Years), which is aided by a 70-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra and choir. When the strings and percussion kick in for real, the choir soar and the cymbals crash, I began to think that YES, this was a damn good idea after all. But it doesn't last. Things begin to slump again afterwards. Still, it was worth a try.