The feeling I want live albums to
give me when I listen to them is: "Man, I wish I had been there.
Sweating, banging my head and having a great time". Listening to
this live album from German power metal legend Helloween does
not exactly that.
The complete title for this their
third live album is a big mouthful to swallow: 'Keeper of the Seven
Keys - The Legacy. World Tour 2005/2006. Live in Sao Paulo'. This
double live album features 16 songs, most of them recorded live in
Sao Paulo, but they did record the shows in Sofia and Tokyo as well
and one song from each place have made it onto the record.
It will always be hard to please
all fans when you have such an extensive back catalogue as
Helloween has, and I think they have done OK with the selection
on this live album. I know a lot of old fans would wish for more old
songs from the Kiske and Hansen eras - but Andi Deris is their
vocalist now, and off course the majority is from his time with the
I know this is a live recording
where they try to capture that special night as authentic as
possible, but this is 2007 and the sound on this album is awful! I
do not understand how a band like Helloween can deliver such a
mediocre sounding album!
But I wish I could say that was the
only problem I have with this live album - but it's not! Andi Deris
has never been my favorite vocalist, and he does absolutely nothing
to win me over with this performance! He quickly gets on my nerves,
his high pitching is simply awful and he continues to struggles
throughout the entire concert.
This is simply not good enough - I
do expect nothing but close to perfection from one the best power
metal bands ever! And this is just a mediocre release, which is a
big let down for me...