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CD review HANSEN & FRIENDS :Thank You Wacken (Live)"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Hansen & Friends, Wacken, earMusic, Live, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review

CD review HANSEN & FRIENDS :Thank You Wacken (Live)"

(8/10) Kai Hansen and Wacken share a longtime common history. It was back in 1994 when Hansen played the Wacken open ait festival with Gamma Ray. At that time the festival was far away from being as big as it is these days - it was a smaller event in a city that was not known by anybody outside the village borders. Things changed over time, for Wacken and Kai Hansen.

Gamma Ray is still the main focus point of the iconic guitarist from Hamburg, but he also signed responsible for a massive contribution to Unisonic as well as he released in 2016 a solo album called "XXX - Three Decades in Metal". Hansen brought together a few friends around the table, celebrating pure metal with a bunch of songs reflecting a wide variety of rock and metal sounds. 

A logical consequence out of Hansen's Wacken-connection and the solo project led to a unique metal show on a muddy summer night in 2016 when the studio album of Hansen & Friends became alive, on stage. Supported by musicians like Eike Freesen, Alex Dietz, Frank Beck, and more, Hansen & Friends performed a set that was build on the solo release from a few months earlier. 

The cherry on this metal cake was the inclusion of some older Helloween classics which made a great show to an even greater one. Not only that tunes like "Victim of Fate", " Want Out" and "Future World' belong to the best German metal ever brought up to surface, it was the last two mentioned that brought also legendary Michael Kiske on stage. Hearing him singing these classics with Hansen on lead guitar gave a first glimpse of what fans can expect in autumn this year when the guys will be part of the 'Pumpkins United" tour.

This live release is an album that you should call your own when interested in well-executed melodic metal. Good stuff.





  1. Born Free
  2. Ride the Sky
  3. Contract Song
  4. Victim of Fate
  5. Enemies of Fun
  6. Fire and Ice
  7. Burning Bridges
  8. Follow the Sun
  9. I Want Out
  10. Future World
  11. All or Nothing
  12. Save Us


Label: earMusic

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: June 23rd, 2017