Helloween – Straight Out Of Hell

Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell
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HELLOWEEN
STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL
Released January 18, 2013 (Sony Music Germany/The End Records)

Track List:
01. Nabataea
02. World Of War
03. Live Now!
04. Far From The Stars
05. Burning Sun
06. Waiting For The Thunder
07. Hold Me In Your Arms
08. Wanna Be God
09. Straight Out Of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch The Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
Premium Edition Bonus Tracks:
14. Another Shot Of Life
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version)

Band:
Andi Deris – vocals
Michael Weikath – guitar
Sascha Gerstner – guitar
Markus Grosskopf – bass
Dani Loble – drums

Additional Musicians:
Matthias Ulmer – keyboards
Billy King – backing vocals
Olaf Senkbeil – backing vocals

Production:
Produced, engineered and mixed by Charlie Bauerfeind.

Review:
It’s not every band that can deliver exactly what they are known for, and what they announce that they will deliver, but Helloween has done just that with their latest CD Straight Out Of Hell. Prior to its release guitarist Michael Weikath announced that Straight Out Of Hell would be a continuation of their last two albums, Gambling With The Devil and 7 Sinners, with less doom and gloom and noticeably more positive.

What you really have here is an attempt at the best of Helloween‘s prior releases, with Andi Deris as lead vocalist, all combined into one CD. You have everything from the similar sort of piano intro of “If I Could Fly” on the new track “Waiting For The Thunder” to the dual guitar melodies found so prevalently on the Master Of The Rings album showing up on “Far From The Stars”.

I find myself liking most of the tracks on Straight Out Of Hell. There are a few that are not as easily likeable, such as the ballad “Hold Me In Your Arms”, but every time I hear it I like it a little better. Helloween also try a few new things here — check out in particular “Wanna Be God”, which works out quite well. My favorites are five of the first six songs on the CD (the exception being “World Of War”) that rock from start to finish with all of the classic Helloween elements that their fans have presumably grown to love. You simply can’t go wrong with “Nabataea”, “Far From The Stars” and “Burning Sun”. However, if you compare the first six songs to the remaining ones on the CD you’ll notice a considerable drop in the quality.

Perhaps Helloween could have dropped a few of the latter songs on Straight Out of Hell so that it only contained mostly great songs, rather than some great ones mixed in with some OK to good ones. At the end of the day though, it doesn’t really matter. Fans get more bang for their buck with 13 songs on the regular CD and an additional two tracks, including a reworked version of “Burning Sun” dedicated to Deep Purple‘s Jon Lord, on the premium edition of the CD.

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Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, March 2013

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