Defining the term rip off in music: releasing a product (CD / DVD) of a […]
By Michael Dalakos
August 10, 2005
Shaaman - Ritualive album cover

Defining the term rip off in music: releasing a product (CD / DVD) of a band just because they are quite popular as we speak. Take for example this live CD. Shaaman (keep in mind that this album was released under the Shaman moniker) with only one album on their back released this live CD of their - pretty much -  entire album performed live. So what?
Recorded live in Sao Paulo, in front of more than 7000 people, reaching the maximum capacity of the Credicard Hall, this is proof that Shaman could stare at the leftovers of Angra stright in the eyes (though time prove them wrong) and nothing more. Indeed, the band kicks ass live. They're up tempo, yet quite dramatic which makes the arena go berserk. Couldn't be the other way around. Songs like Here I Am or Pride are real dynamites, not to mention that they sound even heavier when performed live.
Let's not forget to mention that in this show Shaaman had a few special guests: Tobias Sammet of Edguy dropped in, Andi Deris and Michael Weikath of the band formerly known as Helloween jam on Eagle Fly Free (let it go guys, there is only one Kiske). But are all these goodies enough to convince us to buy this album? I will let you decide about this.
Personally I believe this live is a total waste of money for fans of Power Metal. The music inside is great, no doubt about it, after all Shaaman consists of amazing players. The CD also contains a video of the song Carry On. The bottom line is that this CD is the live version of Ritual. Nothing more, nothing less...

5 / 10


"Ritualive" Track-listing:

Ancient Winds
Here I Am
Distant Thunder
For Tomorrow
Over Your Head
Time Will Come
Fairy Tale
Blind Spell
Sign Of The Cross
Eagle Fly Free
Carry On (multimedia bonus track from DVD)

Shaaman Lineup:

Andre Matos - Vocals & Keyboards
Hugo Mariutti - Guitar
Luis Mariutti - Bass
Ricardo Confessori - Drums

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