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Chameleon

Helloween Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Alongside Switzerland's Celtic Frost and Sweden's Bathory, Germany's Helloween were possibly the most influential heavy metal band to come out of Europe during the 1980s. By taking the hard riffing and minor-key melodies handed down from metal masters like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, then infusing them with the speed and energy introduced by the burgeoning thrash metal movement, ... Read more in Amazon's Helloween Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fame
  • ASIN: B000025KR6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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EMI 789368; EMI ITALIANA - Italia;

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In order to understand and appreciate this album you have to forget what Helloween released before and after it (especially the 'Keeper of the Seven Keys' albums).

Musically the album departs from anything the band has ever done and concentrates on experimental hard rock with melodic metal, blues, jazz and mainstream influences. By changing musical direction, Helloween break some more boundaries but in other fields of music...

This is considered by many as Helloween's worst album, but I strongly disagree! Most fans and critics disliked and dismissed Chameleon because it didn't follow the band's trade mark power metal sound. While this is true, the album is technically outstanding, it offers tons of variety and is an overall great and daring experimental offering.

Chameleon is a long album and there surely are a few weak songs to be found here. But due to the fact that the music is experimental and at parts progressive nothing really bad can be said, as everything depends on musical preferences.

In my opinion, there are some very strong and memorable tracks on this album:

"I Believe" is one of the longest songs on the album and one of the heavier ones as well. The best way to describe it would be epic hard rock, with strong riffing, memorable guitar solos, topped with vocal majesty. "Giants" is probably the album's heavier piece and the only one truly deserving the metal tag. The riffs are memorable, the solos are technical and long, the vocal lines brilliant and the chorus catchy as hell.

"When The Sinner" is one of the more mainstream influenced tracks, but is very well done and catchy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated.. 11 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you're only into fast power metal avoid this album by all cost.
That being said if you like more quiet rock this album is pretty good.The songs are well written,performed and produced.The only place this album fails is by its band name and music genre.Because of this,potential fans will never get a chance to hear about it and its a pity.Personal highlights of the album being Longing,Music and I Believe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Astonishing Album 22 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is almost impossible to get a hold of these days but if you can, do so. It is quite simply wonderful. The vocals are so pure and soar to the heavens. To single out any track is unfair on the rest but Long Long Ago and The Water Is Wide are my favourites. I do not collect this sort of music normally but the first time I heard this it stopped me in my tracks (forgive the pun!). Why Chameleon did not go on to make further albums and become more well known, I am not sure but they should be proud of making one of the finest harmonic vocal albums of the last thirty plus years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a complete right-off, but close. 18 May 2009
By Agma
Format:Audio CD
I will admit Chameleon is and always has been my least favourate Helloween album on a personal level but actually writing a review of this album and more importantly forgetting the fact it was done by Helloween and the connection with Power Metal it aint half bad.

Chemeleon is world famous for the huge Helloween failure album and sellout, which ever you'd like to call it for perhaps intentionaly right, but for the wrong reasons.
One of the main reasons for Chameleon's long-lasting downfall without a doubt was the fact that they essentially let loose a "progressive rock metal" album on a power metal crowd with no progression leading up to it.

Quite simply the musical scale was too far apart to avoid upsetting alot of dedicated fans, which of course they did in spectacular style i think bewilderment and surprise would have been fitting adjectives not least that Chameleon was and still is Helloween's poorest selling album, no surprise there then but does all this mean the album is actually bad though? not necessarally!

A mix bag is probably not the right term to describe the set of songs here but more of experimentation, accoustics, sixties jass, metal riffs and commercial choruses which are all here and are on a technical level done well, but being a progressive style album these elements cemented together really just don't quite work, unforunately all the entire album follows suit right to the last note.

Positively speaking the musicianship is very very good as always and vocally it's also excellent, even mature to some extent, however the idea of just melding lots of different genre ideas with other genre ideas of a world apart is just a disaster recipe, and here it evidently shows.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 15 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
I eagerly awaited the arrival of "Chemelon" disite reading the negative reviews of the previous LP - "Pink bubbles go ape". I found this record very difficult to get hold of. Chameleon is arrived and blew everything before it out of the water.
The tracks display a totally diverse set of tunes and talent. The move away from all out metal brought a true sense of spirit and passion to the music. Again, initial reaction to the album was negative and the band have since disowned the piece. Yet, for me, it is the most consistent and engaging album with its subtle light and shade and embracing of different musical styles. The Intopolation of 'San Fransisco(wear flowers in your hair) in the thrack 'Revolution' proves the band to be a true postmodernist metal act. A sense of joy runs through many of the tracks, all have a summer feel and general good vibes. Only the touching 'longing' adds a little melancholy.
Buy this if you like: Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Queensryche, The Verve, The Beatles, The Mamas and Pappas.
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