Better Than Raw [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Sanctuary Uk
  • EAN: 5050749413161
  • Catalog Number: 4941316

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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