Helloween has been one of my favorite bands ever since I bought “Keeper of the Seven Keys Part One” on cassette. While some band members have changed, my enjoyment of this band has not waned. “Better Than Raw” is an excellent album that any Helloween, or metal, fan is sure to enjoy. Starting off with a classical style opus, the album hits hard with the second song and doesn’t stop until the last one finishes. My personal favorite is “Lavdate Dominvm,” written entirely in Latin, with its great transitions between chorus and verses. I bought the extended version, which also contains the live version of “Perfect Gentleman,” one of my all time favorite Helloween songs.