Helloween-Straight_out_of_Hell-2013-BERC

Helloween-Straight_out_of_Hell-2013-BERC
 /::     Artist  :: Helloween                                              ::\
  ::     Album   :: Straight out of Hell                                   ::
  ::     Year    :: 2013                                                   ::
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  ::   . Genre   :: Metal                       Source  :: CDDA        .   ::
  ::     Label   :: The End Records             R.date  :: 19.01.2013      ::
 _::__   Cat.nr. :: TE301-2                     Size    :: 118,7 MB      __::_
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  /:     Encoder :: LAME 3.98.4 -V0                                        :\
 ..:     Bitrate :: avg. 273kbps                                           : .
   .     Quality :: 44,1kHz/Joint-Stereo                                   .
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         Website :: http://www.helloween.org/
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  ::      01. Nabataea                                           07:03     ::
  ::      02. World of War                                       04:58     ::
  ::      03. Live Now!                                          03:12     ::
  ::      04. Far from the Stars                                 04:44     ::
  ::      05. Burning Sun                                        05:35     ::
  ::      06. Waiting for the Thunder                            03:55     ::
  ::      07. Hold Me in Your Arms                               05:12     ::
  ::      08. Wanna Be Good                                      02:02     ::
  ::      09. Straight Out of Hell                               04:36     ::
  ::      10. Asshole                                            04:11     ::
  ::      11. Years                                              04:25     ::
  ::      12. Make Fire Catch the Fly                            04:25     ::
  ::      13. Church Breaks Down                                 06:07     ::
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  ..                                                         >>  60:25 min ..
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  ::      After a fairly uneventful string of albums, 7 Sinners            ::
  ::      (2010) began a return to form for the mighty Helloween.          ::
  ::      Straight Out Of Hell builds on the big anthem, big               ::
  ::      production style that put the German band on the A-List,         ::
  ::      but it's the songwriting this time around that takes this        ::
  ::      album from good to great. For the first time since Better        ::
  ::      Than Raw (1998), Helloween have released a solid collection      ::
  ::      of great songs that plays like an album from start to            ::
  ::      finish. "All killer, no filler," as they say.                    ::
  ::                                                                       ::
  ::      The whooping seven-minute plus journey of 'Nabataea' opens       ::
  ::      the album with the strongest statement the band has made in      ::
  ::      many years. The rip roaring guitars, soaring vocals and          ::
  ::      catchy-as-hell groove all come together in the most              ::
  ::      bombastically cool way you can imagine. It feels a lot           ::
  ::      shorter than it actually is because the band doesn't sit         ::
  ::      still for one second and Andi Deris' vocals constantly           ::
  ::      explode into the high range that he is best known for. It        ::
  ::      reminds me a great deal of the material on Master Of The         ::
  ::      Rings (1994).                                                    ::
  ::                                                                       ::
  ::      There are plenty of less epic but fast-moving moments here       ::
  ::      as well. Helloween prove that melody and speed are a             ::
  ::      wondrous combination on songs like the title track and           ::
  ::      'Make Fire Catch The Fly'. The latter is easily one of the       ::
  ::      album's highlights with its weight-loss paced drumming and       ::
  ::      a smattering of keyboards to mind the gaps. The combo of         ::
  ::      the two-minute 'Wanna Be God' and the blistering title           ::
  ::      track are ample proof that the band have plenty of life          ::
  ::      left in them, while 'Another Shot Of Life' (a bonus track        ::
  ::      on the limited edition version) is a melodic metal gem that      ::
  ::      comes off like an anthem for the beaten down. Its darker         ::
  ::      musical feel is balanced expertly by the soul-searching,         ::
  ::      positive outlook of the lyrics. The latter being a theme         ::
  ::      that has been at the forefront of the Andi Deris-fronted         ::
  ::      Helloween era.                                                   ::
  ::                                                                       ::
  ::      'Burning The Sun' and 'Years' are classic sounding               ::
  ::      Helloween epics rife with background symphony, background        ::
  ::      vocals, aggressive vocals and furious soloing. Certainly         ::
  ::      throwbacks to the Michael Kiske era, the songs hold their        ::
  ::      own quite well and provide a nice balance of both schools        ::
  ::      of Helloween.                                                    ::
  ::                                                                       ::
  ::      All in all, I'm shocked that Helloween still had an album        ::
  ::      like this in them. I'm happy for anything we get from this       ::
  ::      criminally underappreciated band, but Straight Out Of Hell       ::
  ::      ranks with their best albums. If you have never heard            ::
  ::      Helloween before then don't hesitate to start with this          ::
  ::      one. If you are a fan already, old or new, this is the           ::
  ::      album you have been waiting for.                                 ::
  ::                                                                       ::