Better Than Raw

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Better Than Raw
Studio album by Helloween
Released 14 April 1998
Recorded 1997
Studio Chateau du Pape and Crazy Cat Studios, Hamburg, Germany and Mi Sueño Studio, Tenerife, Spain
Genre Power metal
Length 52:58
Label Castle Communications
Producer Tommy Hansen and Helloween
Helloween chronology
High Live
Better Than Raw
Metal Jukebox
Singles from Better Than Raw
  1. "I Can"
    Released: April 1998
  2. "Hey Lord!"
    Released: April 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

Better Than Raw is the eighth studio album by German power metal band Helloween, released in 1998.[2][3] The album spawned the singles "I Can" and "Hey Lord!".

The album was recorded at Chateau du Pape and Crazy Cat Studios in Hamburg and at Mi Sueño Studio in Tenerife. It was produced and mixed by Tommy Hansen at Chateau du Pape and mastered by Ian Cooper at Metropolis, London.

Track listing[edit]

1."Deliberately Limited Preliminary Prelude Period in Z"instrumentalUli Kusch1:45
2."Push"Andi Deris, Kusch, Michael WeikathKusch4:45
3."Falling Higher"Deris, WeikathWeikath4:45
4."Hey Lord!"DerisDeris4:07
5."Don't Spit on My Mind"DerisDeris, Markus Grosskopf4:24
8."I Can"WeikathDeris, Weikath4:38
9."A Handful of Pain"DerisKusch4:49
10."Laudate Dominum"WeikathWeikath5:10
11."Midnight Sun"WeikathWeikath6:19
Expanded Edition bonus tracks
1."Back on the Ground"Kusch, Deris4:40
2."A Game We Shouldn't Play"Deris3:38
3."Perfect Gentleman" (live bootleg version)Deris, Weikath3:27
4."Moshi Moshi~Shiki No Uta" (live drum solo & original song)Kusch, Roland Grapow6:53
  • M - 2 also appears on the "I Can" single.
  • M - 3,4 also appears on the "Hey Lord!" single.




  • Jorn Ellerbrock - keyboards
  • Tommy Hansen (producer) - keyboards
  • Jutta Weinhold, Ralf Maurer, Christina Hahne - backing vocals


  • Hanson have been known to use the album introduction as an entrance to their concerts.
  • Laudate Dominum was written as a tribute for the band's dedicated fans in Spain, South America and other Christians countries.
  • Midnight Sun is about the ending of a bad relationship.
  • The cover was inspired by The Smurfs, with Gargamel changed for the witch and the Smurfs for pumpkins.
  • As opposed to the more benign-looking pumpkin used on previous albums, a sinister-looking pumpkin is used to represent the "o" in the "Helloween" logo. Albeit with a few minor tweaks, it is still currently in use.


  1. ^ Better Than Raw at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  2. ^ "Better than Raw". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Helloween – Better Than Raw (tracklist and versions)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 

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