album : 7 Sinners
artist : Helloween
genre : Power/Speed Metal
year : 2010
One of the key players of power metal – Helloween are upto something very earnest as one of the tracks from their new release has been named Are You Metal? Although very late in the day, this German five-piece power/speed outfit does not show any signs of being tired. Throughout their discography there have been very few fuckups considerings the amount of albums they have produced. They have given power metal a new lease of life with albums such as Walls of Jericho, both parts of Keeper of the Seven Keys, Gambling with the Devil. This is their fourteenth release and still there is a pinch of freshness sprinkled all over 7 Sinners.
As is with most of their albums the number of tracks exceeds ten and in this case there are thirteen of them. And if you were concerned about whether the speed element in their music has vanished, do not be as they have taken good care of the fact that. They seem to play speed metal with so much of zeal as if it they discovered it just yesterday. They boast this fact in tracks such as Who is Mr. Madman?, World of Fantasy, Long Live the King, You Stupid Mankind and If a Mountain could Talk.
The album opener Where the Sinners Go has been adorned with an alluring ingredient of metal, and that is to make you headbang.
Separating the high-pitched vocals from the songs cannot be imagined. Vocals on My Sacrifice, The sage the fool the sinner and Far in the Future are in a different dimension.
Keyboards and guitars can be seen clashing headon on many tracks as the solos are countless. Just wait till you hear the dual-instrument solo that makes up the last four minutes of the album. The richness of the genre comes out in every track and Helloween is one of the few bands that make me rethink about not being a fan of power metal.
7 Sinners has nothing crappy about it, and this band consisting of quadragenarians knows how to hang on to the crests, and they leave no choice for the troughs but to get out of their way.
Rating : 3.5/5