Freedom Call – Live in Hellvetia (2011)

Album Review

It isn’t hard to understand why young headbangers who aren’t old enough to remember the ’70s/’80s heyday of power metal are drawn to Freedom Call’s live shows. On-stage, Freedom Call take listeners back to a time in which metal concerts were more than concerts; they were shows, theatrical events, musical circuses, larger-than-life spectacles. And Live in Hellvetia captures everything that was extravagant and pompous about metal shows back in the ’70s and ’80s. Recorded at the Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland on December 29, 2010, Live in Hellvetia (which is available in both DVD and double-CD versions) documents a 21st century show by a band that didn’t exist until 1999 but has remained stubbornly dedicated to the metal of a bygone era. Many of the young Swiss metalheads in that audience were no doubt too young to have experienced Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, or Queensrÿche live when those bands were at the height of their popularity, but it’s evident… Read more on allmusic.com

About the Band

Freedom Call was formed in 1998 by old friends Chris Bay and Daniel Zimmermann during an off-period for the latter’s main band, Gamma Ray. They eventually completed a six-song demo with the well-known producer Charlie Bauerfeind, who offered the tape to several record companies.

At the same time, the Freedom Call line up was completed by Ilker Ersin on the Bass guitar and Sascha Gerstner on Guitar. Chris and Dan saw Sascha in the beginning of 1998, playing in a cover band. Ilker and Chris had played together in a band called Moon Doc for some years.

The debut album, Stairway to Fairyland was released in early 1999, and on 25 May Freedom Call made their official live debut during a France tour as support band of Angra and Edguy. At the end of August Freedom Call started recording the 5-track Mini LP called “Taragon”, with new songs, a cover version of Ultravox’ “Dancing with tears in my eyes”, a new-sung version of the “Stairway to Fairyland” a Japanese bonus track called “Kingdom Come” and a new version of “Tears of Taragon” with Biff Byford, singer… Read more on wikipedia.org

Tracks

Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
We Are One
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        5:21
2
United Alliance
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        5:35
3
Thunder God
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        3:59
4
Tears of Babylon
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:11
5
Blackened Sun
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:49
6
Queen of My World
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        5:00
7
Out of the Ruins
Freedom Call
                        4:36
8
Hunting High and Low
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:07
9
Drum Solo
Chris Bay / P. Tschaikowsky / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        3:42
10
Metal Invasion
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        7:35

Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Merlin: Requiem
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        3:02
2
Merlin: Legend of the Past
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:32
3
The Quest
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        8:15
4
Warriors
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:56
5
A Perfect Day
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        3:57
6
Far Away
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:09
7
Mr. Evil
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:52
8
Land of Light
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:10
9
Freedom Call
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        7:44
10
Hymn to the Brave
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        8:10