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HELLOWEEN High Live Castle CMFVD1315 (2006)


Helloween were always at the forefront of European speed trad metal, despite the Maiden similarities.

This live set was recorded in May/June 1996 across 3 shows in Italy and Spain, and as a live album it’s as good as you’ll get from this crew.

The package is spread across 2 audio CDs and the entire set on one DVD. So with 3 discs and a booklet with lyrics etc it’s a good package.

The line-up of vocalist Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Roland Grapow, bassist Markus Grosskopf and drummer Uli Kusch do a fine job, taking us through every posture and cliché you’d expect from a heavy metal concert, and not much wrong with the setlist either.

Only criticism of the DVD is the switching of shots rather quickly at times.

The idea for a complete show on both CD (or 2 in this case) and DVD combined works well, especially when in a CD sized case.

Clichéd yes, but fun too.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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