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HANSEN & FRIENDS – XXX, Three Decades in Metal

HANSEN & FRIENDS – XXX, Three Decades in Metal

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Kai Hansen is one of those artists that needs no introduction, but for those who don’t know him, he is one of the guys that contribute a lot to the heavy metal scene since the 80’s with Helloween, following by his band Gamma Ray, and most recently Unisonic.

This time he decided to invite some friends and celebrate his own story, a legacy of 30 years, offering to the listener songs about that exactly, and celebrate the longevity of one of the most influent artists of the heavy metal scene. Guitars were composed by Kai and Eike Freese, leaving the bass to Alexander Dietz, the drums to Daniel Wilding, and keyboards to Corvin Bahn.

But the participations don’t end just here, has we’ll hear in songs like “Enemies of Fun” with Ralf Scheepers and Piet Sielck, “Contract Song” with Dee Snider, “Making Headlines” with Tobias Sammet, “Stranger In Time” with Tobias along with Michael Kiske and Roland Grapow, “All Or Nothing” with Clémentine Delauney, and “Burning Bridges” with Eike Freese. The album shows a great display of talent, as the listener will hear that the artists are enjoying themselves, from the opening song “Born Free”, to the last “Follow the Sun”, with the participations of HansiKürsch, Tim Hansen, and Marcus Bischoff.

Of course there’s a lot of guests to find out, but the main thing in here is the music, clear and heavy, and that’s what the listener will get, with a master production, recording, engineering, mixing, and mastering by Kai Hansen himself, with the help of Alexander Dietz, Eike Freese, and Bengt Jaeschke. Old school metalheads, and new enthusiastic fans, will not want to pass by this great exercise of heavy / power metal, and hard rock. There’s karaoke versions of 2 songs, and a second CD with songs only singed by the main man in here.

7/10

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