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Helloween - United Alive In Madrid Award winner

United Alive In Madrid
by Jojo "Rocket Queen" Hamilton at 06 November 2019, 11:40 AM

HELLOWEEN are a name which is familiar with almost all metalheads. These guys have been rocking the scene since 1984 and still going strong! Classic Heavy Metallers HELLOWEEN bring us this entirely live album in 2019 - “United Alive In Madrid”, thus bringing us 3 CDs of quality Classic Heavy Metal with hours of old favorites in the mix. The first CD brings us 11 tracks, the second CD 9 songs and 4 on the third CD of the album. It is a live album you won't want to miss if you are a HELLOWEEN fan! Each live track brings home the classic HELLOWEEN vibe and screams out "MOSH PIT"!  The screaming vocals bring this album to life along with the fast-paced guitars and drums and during the slower-paced tracks with gentle vocals. With this live album, we can truly see the band's versatility. The Germans sure know how to rock a stage live as the album “United Alive In Madrid” goes to show!

There are so many great tracks to listen out for on the album's 3 CDs; Opening the collection is the band's self titled song, "Helloween" - as fast and furious as they can, with over 30 years of experience behind them. Taking us on to the slower and more gentle pace, “Forever And One” is a more softly-played and sung song that screams power ballad. A truly inspiring song for the listener to sing along to. Other top tracks from the first CD include, “I’m Alive” - an epic piece with top shelf vocals. The second CD brings us such tracks as “Sole Survivor”  and, of course, “How Many Tears”, a song to thrash to. With epic vocals, awesome lyrics and classic music to back it up, “United Alive In Madrid” is one of the better live albums you could come across. The third and shortest CD brings not more than 4 top tracks including “Kids Of The Century” and “Pumpkins United”.

The well-written and equally well-produced “United Live In Madrid” is an album to brighten up your day when you’ve got a couple of hours music time. A live album which bring the listener the full flavor of HELLOWEEN’s talents from over the years. A true pride of legacy album, one not to be missed! This an album that could end up in the classics section of any good collection and in my opinion, HELLOWEEN have outdone themselves with this album: lots or variety and good choice of songs. The fact that every song is performed live goes to show the raw power they hold as musicians. A sublimely put together album which should not be missed by any fan of the German metallers. “United Alive In Madrid” is one of HELLOWEEN’s finer works, a fantastic compilation of the band's career in a stunning 3-disc album.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

(Disc 1)
1. Halloween
2. DR. Stein
3. I’m Alive
4. If I Could Fly
5. Are You Metal?
6. Rise And Fall
7. Waiting For The Thunder
8. Perfect Gentleman
9. Starlight
10. Forever And One
11. A Tale That Wasn’t Right

(Disc 2)
1. I Can
2. Livin' Ain't No Crime A Little Time / A Little Time
3. Sole Survivor
4. Power
5. How Many Tears
6. Invitation / Eagle Fly Free
7. Keeper Of The Seven Keys
8. Future World
9. I Want Out

(Disc 3)
1. March Of Time
2. Kids Of The Century
3. Why
4. Pumpkins United
Andi Deris - Vocals
Michael Kiske – Guest Vocals
Kai Hansen – Guest Vocals, Guitars
Michael Weikath – Guitars
Sascha Gerstner - Guitars
Markus Grosskopf – Bass
Daniel Loble – Drums
Record Label: Nuclear Blast


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