Helloween - Releasing 25th Anniversary Best Of Album, Cover Art Revealed

Original news posted on 24.10.2009

Helloween have issued the following update:

"We deeply apologize the weeks of silence - which were weeks of insecurity for us - about the bands European label situation and the release date of the long awaited Unarmed - Best-Of 25th Anniversary album.

Thus we are proud to finally announce that we have teamed up with Sony Music in coop. with SPV, to release our upcoming records. We also want to use this opportunity to welcome the highly motivated team of Sony Music in the world of Helloween and it´s fans!

Release dates of Unarmed - Best-Of 25th Anniversary:

December 16th, 2009 - Japan & Southeast Asia (JVC/Victor)
January 29th, 2010 - Europe (SONY/SPV)
The release dates for the American continent will be announced soon

Unarmed - Best-Of 25th Anniversary is a big 'thank-you' to all our fans, old and new all over the world! Instead of putting together a regular greatest hits compilation featuring our most successful tracks to celebrate this anniversary, we completely rearranged and rerecorded the greatest songs and melodies of our career.
Together with our tried and tested producer, Charlie Bauerfeind, we invited many great musicians to guest on this special record, with the doubtless highlight of having the 70-piece Prague Symphonic Orchestra performing "The Keeper´s Trilogy", a 17 minute medley consisting of the songs "Halloween", "Keeper of the Seven Keys" and "The King for A 1000 Years" - goose bumbs guaranteed!

Here´s a list of all songs we recorded:

Dr. Stein
Future World
If I Could Fly
Where The Rain Grows
The Keeper´s Trilogy
Eagle Fly Free
Perfect Gentleman
Forever & One
I Want Out
Falling To Pieces
A Tale That wasn't Right

We aren't one of those bands who like to celebrate themselves, we just want to say 'thank you' in our own special way to all of you who have followed us through the past 25 years - to us, this album stands for an official celebration. It was a big challenge & great experience and we had a lot of fun recording our most important tracks in an entirely new 'outfit' and with new arrangements - we hope you like them!"

UPDATE (thanks to Snbn)

German metallers Helloween have revealed the artwork for Unarmed - Best-Of 25th Anniversary, and have issued the following message: "The artwork for the forthcoming album was once more made by Martin Haeusler who was already in charge of The Legacy and the Gambling With The Devil artwork. The photo shooting took place at a salt-lake near Los Angeles and a detailed making-of story will be featured here soon.

Unarmed - Best-Of 25th Anniversary will also be released in a limited version with a very special digi-pack, incl. a 30 min. making-of DVD, containing interviews and studio footage... also available will be a double vinyl version!"

Source: helloween.org
Band profile: Helloween
Posted: 05.11.2009 by Snbn

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07.11.2009 - 15:31
I don't like the artwork at all. It reminds me of Avantasia-The Scarecrow, which is a piece of garbage I utterly despise.

Anyway, my opinion on this kind of record is it can be interesting and fun to do for the band members, but it brings nothing interesting to the listener. In other terms, I find this kind of record useless, pointless from a musical point of view.
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08.11.2009 - 15:47
The Shape 1973
No-one has mentioned it yet, but the name of the album Unarmed, do you think that these new arrangements could all be acoustic? If they are I've changed my mind about buying it.
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09.11.2009 - 15:30
The Shooter
Poor tracklist for a Anniversary album
08.12.2009 - 00:52
White Winter Sun
Laboratory's Rat
Audio samples for all tracks set to appear on Unarmed - Best-Of 25th Anniversary are available for streaming at this location. Enjoy.
08.12.2009 - 15:06
This album is beyond crap. The samples made me decide not to go near this release.
26.12.2009 - 21:33
The Shape 1973
Written by The Shape 1973 on 08.11.2009 at 15:47

No-one has mentioned it yet, but the name of the album Unarmed, do you think that these new arrangements could all be acoustic? If they are I've changed my mind about buying it.

I was right then. Shit, give it a miss now.
I don't do inclusive
26.12.2009 - 22:11
Baz Anderson
I'm still very interested. All re-recorded, it's always good to hear slightly different versions.
30.12.2009 - 21:51
The Shape 1973
The new Dr Stein video is painful to watch, its got saxamaphones.
I don't do inclusive

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