Rabbit Don't Come Easy

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Rabbit Don't Come Easy
Studio album by Helloween
Released 12 May 2003
Genre Power metal
Length 61:00
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind
Helloween chronology
The Dark Ride
(2000)
Rabbit Don't Come Easy
(2003)
Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]

Rabbit Don't Come Easy is the tenth album by the German Power Metal/Speed Metal band Helloween. It is something of a return to the roots for the band. Rabbit Don't Come Easy combines many old classic Helloween elements with newer sounds and a modern production.

No drummer is listed in the band line-up for this album. Mark Cross was hired for the position before recording, but only managed to complete two tracks ("Don't Stop Being Crazy" and "Listen to The Flies") before being forced to leave due to illness. Mikkey Dee of Motörhead played on the rest of the songs on a session basis. The Japanese version contains a cover of Accept's "Fast as a Shark," with the band's new drummer, Stefan Schwarzmann.

About the album title, bassist Markus Grosskopf explained in 2003 that "It's based on that English saying, pulling a rabbit out of the hat. Pulling this rabbit [the album] out of this hat [in reference to recent line up changes] wasn't that easy this time. That gave us the idea of just calling the album Rabbit Don't Come Easy. [Laughs] It's not to be taken too seriously. We were joking that statement around, and then I suggested we actually call the album that". [3]

About the recording of the album, singer Andi Deris said in 2003 that producer Charlie Bauerfeind "shows on this new record that he is the biggest fan of our genre of music because he knows how to separate the frequencies and knows where the power has to be. You have to imagine that this type of music is so packed with frequencies that it is nearly impossible to mix because it is so overloaded and you have to single out all of the instruments so you can hear them all". [4]

After the controversial release of The Dark Ride, according to Grosskopf, "The record company also wanted us to show that were are back. This song "Just a Little Sign" represents the more typical side of Helloween, and that's what we wanted to make clear. You can't really represent a whole album with one track, but this shows exactly where the album actually goes. It's more of that 'happy happy Helloween' direction. It shows that this album is not a sequel to 'The Dark Ride'". [3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Just a Little Sign"   Deris Deris 4:26
2. "Open Your Life"   Deris Deris/Gerstner 4:30
3. "The Tune"   Weikath Weikath 5:35
4. "Never Be A Star"   Deris Deris 4:10
5. "Liar"   Deris Deris/Gerstner/Grosskopf 4:55
6. "Sun 4 The World"   Deris Gerstner 3:57
7. "Don't Stop Being Crazy"   Deris Deris 4:21
8. "Do You Feel Good"   Weikath Weikath 4:22
9. "Hell Was Made In Heaven"   Deris Grosskopf 5:33
10. "Back Against The Wall"   Deris Deris/Weikath 5:44
11. "Listen To The Flies"   Deris Deris/Gerstner 4:54
12. "Nothing To Say"   Weikath Weikath 8:27
Bonus Track
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Far Away" (limited edition bonus track) Grosskopf Grosskopf 4:18
2. "Fast as a Shark (Accept cover)" (japanese bonus track) Hoffmann/Kaufmann/Udo/Baltes Hoffmann/Kaufmann/Udo/Baltes 3:38

Credits[edit]

Helloween
Additional musicians

Trivia[edit]

  • "Do You Feel Good" was originally written during the sessions for The Dark Ride.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rabbit Don't Come Easy at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  2. ^ "Helloween - Rabbit Don't Come Easy". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  3. ^ a b Helloween interview (10/2003) - Metal Storm
  4. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - HELLOWEEN Singer Speaks Out On 'Rabbit Don't Come Easy'