Helloween
7 Sinners


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
November 8th, 2010 | 44 replies | 20,790 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Power metal that is actually pretty rad. In 2010, no less!

If Helloween concerned listeners by celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary with a very distinctly un-metal compilation (that is, an acoustic/symphonic reinterpretation of their classic songs), then 7 Sinners should at least redeem the group in the eyes of even their ficklest listeners. And not just because it features a song titled "Are You Metal?" Rather, 7 Sinners is a continuation of the recent successes that have made Helloween one of the most consistent power metal bands still around (which is all the more impressive, considering their turbulent '90s era).

Essentially, 7 Sinners expands on the sound Helloween established on Gambling With the Devil. While never abandoning the hook-filled, melody based material they have popularized throughout their career, 7 Sinners amplifies the heaviness to a level one would not usually (ever) associate with Helloween. Compare tongue-in-cheek first single "Are You Metal?" with even 2005's tongue-in-cheek first single "Mrs. God". The difference is striking; where the former is a meek piece carried by frontman Andi Deris, partly due to its poppy structure and partly due to its pedestrian musicianship, "Are You Metal?" is hard-hitting and bombastic. Although keyboards somewhat take away from the heaviness, it's still unmistakeably more aggressive. "Long Live the King" takes it further, incorporating pounding thrash influences into the guitar work, along with the somewhat harsher singing style Deris has been utilizing since Gambling With the Devil. It's nice to see that when 7 Sinners does get heavier, it avoids aping Painkiller's brand of speed metal, which although wonderful, has been taken to the limit by Gamma Ray and Primal Fear. "Where the Sinners Go" sees Helloween explore a more mid-paced sound, based around chunky rhythms, while "Far in the Future" works in a massive instrumental break half way through the song.

It's worth pointing out just how cohesive Helloween sounds on 7 Sinners. While previous post-Kiske Helloween seems to have depended on either instrumental or vocal prowess, but almost never both, 7 Sinners sounds like a complete effort from the band. Even in the trio of more typical, melodic Helloween tracks, "Who is Mr. Madman?", "Raise the Noise", and "World of Fantasy", listeners are treated to perhaps the most balanced songwriting since the Keepers… albums. Perhaps that's testament to Helloween's recent stability. They've maintained the same line up for five years and it's translated into three very confident sounding records, each which has improved on the last. And for a band that has been around since the mid 1980s, that's pretty good. For a power metal band, it's remarkable.



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2010



17920 Comments


the artwork for gambling with the devil is bad enough that i will never again go anywhere near this band

Gyromania
November 8th 2010



15461 Comments


A wise decision - these guys sucks ass.

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 8th 2010



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty much every helloween/power album ever has terrible artwork. Goes with the territory or something.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2010



17920 Comments


i know but that one is especially bad how ya been mike

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 9th 2010



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i guess. keeping busy with school mostly, right in the middle of midterms and essays right now. you

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2010



17920 Comments


doin nothing goin nowhere

Ovrot
November 9th 2010



10490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ARE YOU METAL???!!??

HEAVY METAL???!!?

ARE YOOOOUUUU??!!!
ARE YOOOOUUUUU?!!!?!?

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

Willie
Moderator
November 9th 2010



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gambling With the Devil might have a bad cover, but it's a pretty good album. I still like that one better than this, but "Long Live the King" is definitely one of the top Helloween songs.

maidenpmcc
November 9th 2010



1424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Brilliant come-back for these guys, Long Live The King is the best thing on here.

Acanthus
November 9th 2010



9537 Comments


Not too bad haven't listened all the way through it yet, though I must admit that power metal isn't a favorite genre however.

"Who Is Mr. Madman" really is quite catchy

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

kitsch
November 9th 2010



5107 Comments


ugh power metal is gross

lostforwords
November 9th 2010



445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Brilliant come-back for these guys"

I'm gonna have to agree with Willie, this is no comeback, Gambling was at least as consistent as this one.

KILL
November 9th 2010



71266 Comments


7 deadly sins

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

KILL
November 9th 2010



71266 Comments


beautiful

KILL
November 9th 2010



71266 Comments


rush

KILL
November 9th 2010



71266 Comments


rush

KILL
November 9th 2010



71266 Comments


yea as far as poofter metal goes

Poet
November 9th 2010



5922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't believe you guys listen to this shitty genre.



Mikesn
Emeritus
November 9th 2010



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wuss

Awesomesauce
November 9th 2010



1084 Comments


This band is pretty silly.



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