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Helloween - Unarmed: Best of 25th Anniversary (Sony)

Crushtor scolded our editor for sending him the wrong CD. But to his dismay, it was actually Helloween celebrating their 25th Anniversary in ... well, it's a style, I suppose.

First of all, I want to get this out of the way - Unarmed is not a compilation of the band's favorite songs and all of their members switching back and forth as your CD switches tracks.

Brainstorm - Just Highs No Lows (12 years of persistence) (Metal Blade/Riot)

Like the girl with the little curl in the middle of her forehead, this German band can be very, very good but when they are bad – they are rotten! Luckily though the good far outweighs the bad.

Formed twenty years ago by guitarists Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric and drummer Dieter Bernert, Brainstorm kick off this r

Axel Rudi Pell - Best Of (Anniversary Edition) (SPV/Riot)

Released to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the current ARP line-up, and the twentieth anniversary of ARP’s first album, this twelve track retrospective covers tracks from 98’s Oceans of Time right up to last year’s Tales Of The Crown, showcasing some sterling and classy classic Euro rock as well as a couple of intriguing cover tunes. Well, okay one good, one shocker: but we’ll get to them.

Opening song Edge Of The World from the 2002 album Shadow Zone showcases perfectly what Axel Rudi Pell is all about.  The European classic metal sound, Axel&