Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Monday, January 13, 2014

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.

Songs of Note: The Keeper's Trilogy; A Tale That Wasn't Right

2½ withered pumpkins out of 5

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