Better Than Raw [Expanded]

Better Than Raw [Expanded]

by HelloweenHelloween


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Never quite in the spotlight yet never quite forgotten, Helloween continued to record over a decade and a half after their debut album. And to some success, actually. Granted, that success was largely limited to Europe and Japan, but it was enough to sustain the group. And, weirdly enough, through sheer existence -- continual touring and recording -- Helloween accomplished something very rare indeed for metal bands in their second decade: they actually began to improve. They never quite managed to hit the peaks of Keeper of the Seven Keys, and the youthful energy of their first albums had long disappeared, but the band continued to refine its sound and push itself into new progressive territory. Better Than Raw is proof of that and arguably their best album of the '90s. There still are silly moments -- if you're not a hardcore fan, the "metal will never die" platitudes of "Falling Higher" will rub you the wrong way -- but the music is layered and unpredictable, ranging from metal anthems to metal ballads to neo-classical metal to neo-black metal. It's an ambitious set, and it's all the more impressive coming from veterans, not a bunch of newcomers. [Better Than Raw was reissued in 2006 in an expanded edition that included four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2008
Label: Sanctuary Uk
UPC: 5050749413161
catalogNumber: 4941316
Rank: 18164

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Helloween   Primary Artist
Jutta Weinhold   Background Vocals
Markus Grosskopf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tommy Hansen   Keyboards
Michael Weikath   Guitar,Soloist
Andi Deris   Vocals
Roland Grapow   Guitar,Soloist
Uli Kusch   Drums
Christina "Biene" Hahne   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Helloween   Producer
Markus Grosskopf   Composer
Tommy Hansen   Producer,Original Mix
Michael Weikath   Composer
Andi Deris   Composer
Roland Grapow   Composer
Uli Kusch   Composer
Hugh Gilmour   Reissue Design
Henjo Richter   Artwork,Booklet Design
Rainer Laws   Artwork,Cover Painting
Michael Tibes   Engineer
Dave Ling   Sleeve Notes
Simon Fowler   Original Photography

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