Review : Helloween - Master of the Rings (Remastered)

By Elric on 1:30 PM 26 June 2006

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Second release from Helloween this year. This time is a remastered version of 1994's "Master of the Rings" album with a bonus cd. Now, the big question is why Helloween chose this album. The answer is simple, because it's the first album that Helloween released after Weikath got rid of both Hansen and Kiske...I mean... first album that Helloween released with Deris as a singer.

After two unsuccesfull albums in 1991 and 1993 Helloween were able to make a worthy album. The album's first half is pretty good with songs like "Sole Survivor", "Where the Rain Grows" and "Why" with the band perfoming a realy good raw power metal. But, unfortunately at the second half of the album the "happy" part of their music is back. The bad songs are too many, like "Mr Ego", "Perfect Gentleman" and the rockish "Take Me Home".

But after 12 years Helloween fixed the damage with the addition of a bonus cd. There are 8 tracks, that most of them can be found in previous singles or compilations like "Treasure Chest".
These songs are the instrumental "Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001", the "happy" "Can't Fight Your Desire", the realy good power song "Star Invasion" and "Silicon Dreams" wich has realy funny lyrics.

Also there is a realy good cover from Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat" and Farner's country rock "Closer to Home". "I Stole Your Love" from Kiss also can be found here. I have to admit that Helloween perfectly fit the songs to their music (and vice versa).

I guess this album is a nice work for the new fans of the group that they want to buy previous works of the group.

Rating : 67/100 (50 without the bonus cd)

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