Helloween - Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary [Compilation]


7.2 | 109 votes |
Release date: 16 December 2009
Style: Power metal

Owners:

104 have it
6 want it


01. Dr. Stein
02. Future World
03. If I Could Fly
04. Where The Rain Grows
05. The Keeper's Trilogy
06. Eagle Fly Free
07. Perfect Gentleman
08. Forever & One
09. I Want Out
10. Falling To Pieces
11. A Tale That Wasn't Right

Additional info
December 16th, 2009 - Japan & Southeast Asia
January 29th, 2010 - Europe
TBA - N. America

Staff review by
Baz Anderson
Rating:
8.0
One of Germany's most successful bands of all time along with the likes of Scorpions and Accept, Helloween are celebrating their 25th anniversary in style. Unarmed is not just any compilation album, this is a disc of completely re-recorded and re-arranged songs from throughout the band's history. It will certainly catch you off guard as the band put on their smartest suits and jazz it up with this compilation of acoustic rock versions of all your favourite songs.

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published 23.02.2010 | Comments (36)

Guest review by
Nemo Atkins
Rating:
7.5
2010 was definitely an interesting year for Helloween, wasn't it? The two albums they released that year were practically polar opposites of each other: one was this album, an acoustic re-imagining of some of their best hits, and the other was arguably their darkest album to date, the awesome (and my personal favourite album from this band) 7 Sinners. In celebration of this band's upcoming (at the time of writing) 14th album, I figured it was time to examine this album. And the results...are very hit and miss, if I'm honest.

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published 09.01.2013 | Comments (3)

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26.12.2009 - 21:31
The Shape 1973
25 years and they bring out an acoustic album, what were they thinking? I'll stick with the originals thank you.
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26.12.2009 - 21:59
Elaryan
Acoustic album! nooo!!
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26.12.2009 - 22:57
Baz Anderson
I can't help but think that when I spoke to Markus in 2008 and I asked what the new album would be like - his reply was with this album in mind. He said "very different" but wouldn't tell me how...

I am loving this, what I am hearing so far.
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27.12.2009 - 06:37
Rating: 2
juanopereira
Why they just can't re-record the songs?!
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27.12.2009 - 17:29
Rating: 10
Kincaid
It's really sad to see those metal heads with a limited mindset. This album is brilliant, every song is performed professionally. A perfect 25th anniversary gift for their real fans. Enjoy!
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29.12.2009 - 16:19
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
I never was that much into Helloween like to Gamma Ray or Blind Guardian, but daamn! probably all my favorite songs by them on one album? great!

edit: the "new Keeper" is so great
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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01.01.2010 - 03:04
Rating: 9
Greg L.
I really like the new versions of these classic Helloween songs! I'm glad they mixed it up and tried something different!

Seriously guys, give it a chance. Don't just write these songs off because they arent carbon copies of the originals.

I do admit I was wondering if I got the right cd at first when I head the saxophone on Dr. Stein lol.
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05.01.2010 - 19:11
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
So now after few listenings and compsions

"New" Where The Rain Grows is better than the older one
"New" Eagle Fly Free is better
"Old" Forever And One is better
"Old" A Tale That Wasn't Right is better

about the rest i cant decide
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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05.01.2010 - 21:41
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk
To Mega Therion
Eagle Fly Free better? It sounds like a song form Alfred J. Kwak or a similar kiddie cartoon...
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05.01.2010 - 22:46
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 05.01.2010 at 21:41

Eagle Fly Free better? It sounds like a song form Alfred J. Kwak or a similar kiddie cartoon...




And I find it extremely funny to see a Serb mentioning a Dutch kid musical from 1976
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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05.01.2010 - 22:52
Baz Anderson
No way on earth is the new "Eagle Fly Free" better.
I don't know if I would say any are "better"... but some of them are very good indeed. It is fresh. Fresh is good.
"Where The Rain Grows" is one of my favourites on here, but then it was one of my favourite songs originally.
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05.01.2010 - 22:57
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk
To Mega Therion
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.01.2010 at 22:46

Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 05.01.2010 at 21:41

Eagle Fly Free better? It sounds like a song form Alfred J. Kwak or a similar kiddie cartoon...




And I find it extremely funny to see a Serb mentioning a Dutch kid musical from 1976

It was quite popular here during the '90s (synchronized, of course). I still know the tune.
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Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one, and they all stink.
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05.01.2010 - 23:29
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 05.01.2010 at 22:57

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.01.2010 at 22:46

Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 05.01.2010 at 21:41

Eagle Fly Free better? It sounds like a song form Alfred J. Kwak or a similar kiddie cartoon...




And I find it extremely funny to see a Serb mentioning a Dutch kid musical from 1976

It was quite popular here during the '90s (synchronized, of course). I still know the tune.


Yeah I just saw it was made into an international kids cartoon from 1989 to 1991 or something like that.
I even own two original cassettes of the songs used in the kids' musical and later in the cartoon. All lyrics of course in Dutch
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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12.01.2010 - 10:14
Rating: 8
renai
This is is.... wkwkwk... fun but yeah I like the concept. this is at least prove that a metal classic can be .. eh.. even classic when played in other music style... LOL
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12.01.2010 - 14:47
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
I cant help myself...comparing carefully both versions of "Eagle Fly Free", i still like the new version more...i guess it is this sort of melancholic atmosphere in there...the old is in general much faster and more "powered" song, which has something as well, but it hasn't affected me so much
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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12.01.2010 - 15:54
Warman
Erotic Stains
Never been a fan of Helloween, but this release seems interesting indeed.
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12.01.2010 - 18:03
Rating: 6
Pap
When i first read the news about their decision of making another greatest hits album i thought that they should 100% avoid it but even though the idea of re-recordings could be promising for an interesting album- just interesting because anyone who would allege that he was expecting that the new sound could overpass the original classics could be nothing more than an idiot or at least a newcomer to heavy metal. Unfortunatelly in my country the album won't be released until the end of the month. The comments i read are really disappointing i hope that they won't be totally verified in my ears...
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17.01.2010 - 01:47
Rating: 10
BORT
This album is fucking awesome
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17.01.2010 - 04:00
Rating: 10
BORT
Omg the keepers trilogy is epic
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26.01.2010 - 10:29
Rating: 2
Snbn
This album is like what Kiske like to do after Keeper 1 & 2 . Acoustic shit !!! This album is so fucking bad. This isn't even power metal anymore but there is one good song : The Keeper's Trilogy.
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28.01.2010 - 16:55
Rating: 10
Spyroid
Rosetta Stoned
Sounds a lot like Chameleon, which is the most underrated album by any metal band ever. I love this so much, just saw the Dr. Stein video and I'm gonna order the album right away!!!
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11.02.2010 - 15:17
Rating: 6
Pap
I haven't bought the album yet but i just saw their video for Dr. Stein. Please Mercy this was terrible...
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18.02.2010 - 10:54
Imraghil
Written by Kincaid on 27.12.2009 at 17:29

It's really sad to see those metal heads with a limited mindset. This album is brilliant, every song is performed professionally. A perfect 25th anniversary gift for their real fans. Enjoy!


haha own
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15.04.2010 - 16:39
Rating: 10
Sati
A perfect release for my birthday, haha.

You guys hardly seem to get the point. It's not a simple acoustic album, it's a set of completely rearranged songs. Some jazz, symphonic elements, but definitely not pop. Do you really wish they had come out with another CD with a bunch of remastered songs like other bands always do?

May I say it's a hilarious masterpiece. A gift for the fans. BTW, I'm sure they will make loads of new metalsongs, too.

Happy Helloween!!!
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