8/17/2005 - Review by: Ken Pierce
Helloween - Hellish Videos: The Complete Video Collection - 2005 - Sanctuary Records
Originally I had thought that there were more than what is included on the DVD, but apparently I was wrong. This collection of all the bands promotional videos, was put together under the watchful eye of Andy Deris (singer) and includes videos done for the following releases: Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 1, Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 2, Pink Bubbles Go Ape, Chameleon, Master Of The Rings, The Time Of The Oath, Better Than Raw, The Dark Ride and Rabbit Don't Come Easy. If I had to select some favorites I go all the way back to “Halloween” and “I Want Out” (which still makes me laugh as the camera zooms into Michael Kiske’s mouth where the band is seen performing). I also have a certain fondness for “Where The Rain Grows” and “Just A Little Sign” because they are such great tunes. The bonus features are on the limited side and have some tour outtakes, a live version of “Hey Lord” and a photo gallery. I think they could have includes a Discography and some complete lineup information. There is certainly enough room on a DVD to go and do that.
As a band, Helloween pretty much helped to set the standard to how Power Metal was to be done. To this day they are still one of Germany’s biggest groups and while the years have gone by and some members come and gone, the music is still pure Helloween. Take a trip back and remember how a genre of Heavy Metal was kicked off.
-- Ken Pierce 08.15.05
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