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Wow i really am late to the party here!,
This review is from: 7 Sinners (Audio CD)
Helloween are a big name in power metal, from pioneering the genre back in the late eighties with their "Keeper of the seven keys albums" they quickly found themselves trailing other bands capitalizing on their success and thou diverting away from the very genre they helped to create by a serious of dreadful albums; admittedly this decade they have faired better with "The dark ride and Gambling with the devil" being excellent examples of hard power, which has definitely uplifted my spirit and faith in the band. This, will have brought them back much of their lost credibility and places them back on the king throne of power once again.
This album is monsterous, loud and damn heavy affair which makes "Ire works" look like something closer to Britney spears than 7 sinners; lets get one things straight here, this truly is a bombastic and magnificent power metal album. The opener "Where the sinners go" opens with a grade A metal sound the drums and heavy rhythms quickly then take hold; the next thing that takes you is Andi Deris's excellent vocals which seen so finely tuned for this release. Are you metal? opens up with a guitar riff and answers the question they may have been asking themselves straight away, Its full of riffs and damn bloody excellent!!! a true party song for halloween! Next up, "Who is the madman?" Is a rather geeky keyboard orientated song, that is until 0.45 and it's business as usual, tonnes of harmonics and melody breaks intertwined with huge guitar shredding, a very good song also. "Raise the noise" has to be one of my favourites of the album, that guitar sound is to die for, that thick hollow sound surrounds the melodies and singing and the songwriting doesn't get any better. "World of fantasy" gives you another tour-de-france of traditional power metal giving the listener a (sort of) rest before the next following ripper, "Long live the king" a truly oral thrash/power metal assualt shredder to say the least.
"Smile of the sun" is the only thing that comes close to a ballad here, You stupid mankind, is a bit of a let down, the heavy riff is awesome but fails to capture the quality of the other songs and turns down a rather generic route. (But its still above average power metal) and as for the rest? Well, you just know what your gonna get, more of the same tectonic bashings of power metal. Which is not a bad thing mind! As long as you like the genre that is! Which of course if you don't I have to ask how on earth you managed to arrive on this page never-the-less. Thou apart from distinct brief flashes of unimaginative choruses in some of these these selections, this is another improvement once again for Helloween. The current line-up stability is probably behind this upward trend of excellent albums we have been seeing recently. They have done themselves and us very proud indeed, long may it continue. 9/10
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2010, 08:21:13 GMT
S. Scott says:
totally agree a fantastic effort from Helloween on this album - the playing and quality of the songs is supreme
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2010, 15:50:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2010, 15:52:20 GMT
Its been a long time coming, but finally a helloween album with some kick, and associatedly free them ill executed ideas plaguing most of their releases. It really is good seeing them back on their game after an arguably long absence. Glad you share similar views my friend, this will be in my CD player for a lengthy period yet!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2010, 20:25:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2010, 20:27:29 GMT
What did you think of Gambling With The Devil? - that was their last new material album, and what an album it is.
As much as I love 7 Sinners, I'd still put Gambling... ahead of it.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2010, 12:16:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Nov 2010, 12:19:18 GMT
Gambling with the devil was an excellent album also. I didn't give that album much coverage in my review and wrongly so. "Kill it and Paint a new world" are classic hark scapers representing the best of the band. There are numerous other corkers on the album also, 7 sinners perhaps containing the slightly more memorable melodies and arrangements for me, but consistency is everything. I couldn't really tell you if I thought it was better, as both albums essentially come from a similar mold!
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2010, 19:24:03 GMT
Yeah - nice reply 80s RF - totally agree on both being essential. I can't believe these guys are still making brilliant albums at their age.
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