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Helloween - 2010 7 Sinners

ARTIST: Helloween
ALBUM: 7 Sinners
SERIAL: 88697780172
YEAR: 2010
CD REISSUE: 2010, Victor Entertainment (Japan), VICP64890


LINEUP: Andy Deris - vocals * Michael Weikath - guitar * Sascha Gerstner - guitar * Markus Grosskopf - bass * Dani Loble - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Where The Sinners Go * 02 Are You Metal * 03 Who Is Mr Madman? * 04 Raise The Noise * 05 World Of Fantasy * 06 Long Live The King * 07 The Smile Of The Sun * 08 You Stupid Mankind * 09 If A Mountain Could Talk * 10 The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner * 11 My Sacrifice * 12 Not Yet Today * 13 Far In The Future



If there's one thing Helloween can be commended for it's their longevity, now some 25 years since their self-titled EP was released, Weikath and Grosskopf the survivors from the original lineup. Since then the Germans have plundered along amidst various lineup changes, although the current version has lasted five years and three studio albums. This is the bands first album since 2007's 'Gambling With The Devil', although I'd be lying if I said I'd really paid close attention to this lot since 1996's 'Time Of The Oath.' Therefore it's good to see the band still playing their trademark form of power metal all these years later.

The Songs
With 13 tracks this is hard going on occasion, but there are many highlights within the sprawling set. Anthems are pumped out left and right, 'Where The Sinners Go' providing a timeless chorus from the onset, helped by Deris' screams and a ton of riffs. The opening keyboard flurry of 'Are You Metal' belies a speed metal onslaught and this headbanger will delight veteran fans of the band weaned on this type of metal. Biff Byford can be heard providing guest vocals to 'Who is Mr Madman?' but unfortunately for Biff this track blows his own band away, displaying a penchant for speed and heaviness Saxon lost eons ago. 'Raise The Noise' continues this approach, with a very melodic edge evident. 'Long Live The King' is a thrash workout with an 80's feel in the vein of the bands early work, very heavy and convincing, but again with melodic bite. Classic stuff! An inevitable ballad appears with 'The Smile Of The Sun', but normal service is resumed with 'You Stupid Mankind,' which again is a throwback to 1988 in terms of the overall sound. Other highlights include 'The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner' and seven minute epic 'Far In The Future,' more indications of how powerful this band can be. The guitar work is simply outstanding and the faster sections contain more bite than actual thrash bands. Why can't Iron Maiden pull this off?

In Summary
I was ready to be bored by this album, but I was anything but. This is metal through and through and this is the best album I've heard from the band, exceeding the Kai Hansen/Michael Kiske years by a wide margin. There's a noticeable dynamic within the music that kept me listening, with unexpected tangents coming out of nowhere at any given moment; all of them of the thrash variety. It's good to hear Helloween in such fine form and in a year full of quality releases here's yet another, joining fellow German legends Accept as one of 2010's best.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 09 2010 01:38:41
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#2 | gdazegod on November 09 2010 06:40:24
I reckon that device on the album cover would make for a good bottle opener - dont'cha think?
#3 | george_the_jack on November 09 2010 10:48:11
Hahahaha George! Remind me please in whch album you said that someone looked as he was sitting in the toilet?? Pfft
I've got to listen to it ASAP.I'm a big fan of Helloween's legacy and especially of the Deris years. Has anyone listened to the great 'unarmed' album from last year?
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