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helloween straightoutofhell
Artist: Helloween
Title: Straight Out Of Hell
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date: 18th January 2013
Label: Dragnet Columbia/Sony


Album Review

It´s been three years, since HELLOWEEN´s last release ‘7 Sinners’ and it´s time to go on with their stunning success on their newest release ‘Straight Out Of Hell’… Of course, HELLOWEEN is a living proof that a prophet has no honour in his own country - lots of metal heads are simply belittling and ridiculing the efforts the band made over the years. So, let´s have a look if this assumption is justified. Starting with the monolithic song ‘Nabataea’ - a song about a kingdom and a political state of the Nabataeans which existed during Classical antiquity that was annexed by the Roman Empire in AD 106 (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabatene) - they definitely hit the bull´s eye! About 7 minutes of epic and pure HELLOWEEN-sound at its best!

Even the following song ‘World Of War’ is a smack right in your face. The vocals are somehow diversified though typical. Whether it´s ‘Far From The Stars’, ‘Straight Out Of Hell’, ‘Burning Sun’ or ‘The Church Breaks Down’ - what you get is 60 minutes of extremely well composed and impulsive heavy metal. A consequent combination of powerful  guitars, seamless fitted synths and pressing beats leads to the conclusion that this release is almost perfect. HELLOWEEN succeed in doing the splits of continuing their ‘Post-Keeper-Works’ and revisiting their “old material” without losing the positive characteristics of “both worlds”.

The only “flaw” is the relatively “mediocre” ballad ‘Hold Me In Your Arms’ that seems not to suit HELLOWEEN as well as the other songs, but definitely is an oeuvre of Andi Deris and might be recognized as a remembrance of PINK CREAM 69, his former band. But that´s just nit-picking just as the artwork of this release is a matter of taste! Looking forward to the upcoming tour, there´s one for sure: Creating a setlist of old hits and the new material must be quite hard! ‘Straight Out Of Hell’ is the name of the game and HELLOWEEN are the gamblers! They´re still “Gamblin´ With The Devil” and Hell yeah, they´ve got it! If there´s any German (or any other) metal head who is still refusing to listen to HELLOWEEN: Shame on you! This release is just awesome! Highly recommended!

Tracklist

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


Line-up

Andi Deris - Vocals
Michael Weikath - Guitar
Sascha Gerstner - Guitar
Markus Grosskopf - Bass
Dani Löble - Drums


Website

http://www.helloween.org/ / http://www.myspace.com/helloween / https://www.facebook.com/helloweenofficial


Cover Picture

helloween straightoutofhell


Rating

Music: 9
Sound: 10
Extras: -
Total: 9.5 / 10


Tour Dates

2013–02–28 – Barcelona – Sala Razzmatazz 1
2013–03–01 – Madrid – La Riviera
2013–03–02 – Bilbao – Santana 27
2013–03–04 – Pratteln – Z7
2013–03–05 – Milan – Alcatraz
2013–03–06 – Bologna – Estragon
2013–03–09 – Athens – Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena
2013–03–10 – Thessaloniki – Principal Club Theater
2013–03–12 – Istanbul – Refresh The Venue
2013–03–15 – Sofia – Arena Armeec
2013–03–16 – Bucharest – Arenele Romane
2013–03–18 – Ljubljana – Media Park Club
2013–03–19 – Budapest – Pecsa Music Hall
2013–03–21 – Bratislava – HANT Aréna – Inter hala Pasienky
2013–03–22 – Prague – Tip Sport Aréna
2013–03–23 – Zlín – Zimní stadión Luďka Čajky
2013–03–24 – Brezno – ARÉNA Brezno
2013–03–26 – Krakow – Klub Studio
2013–03–27 – Warsaw – Klub Stodoła
2013–03–29 – Helsinki – The Circus
2013–03–30 – Tampere – Pakkahuone
2013–03–31 – Oulu – Club Teatria
2013–04–02 – Oslo – Rockefeller Music Hall
2013–04–04 – Stockholm – Arenan
2013–04–05 – Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
2013–04–06 – Gothenburg – Lisebergshallen
2013–04–08 – Paris – Olympia Hall
2013–04–09 – Saarbrücken – Garage
2013–04–10 – Langen – Neue Stadthalle
2013–04–12 – Kaufbeuren – Allgäu Event Center
2013–04–13 – Bochum – Ruhrcongress
2013–04–14 – Mons – PPM Fest 2013 (Lotto Mons Expo)
2013–04–16 – London – The Forum
2013–04–18 – Hamburg – Docks
2013–04–19 – Geiselwind – Music Hall
2013–04–20 – Balingen – Volksbankmesse
2013–04–21 – Schwandorf – Oberpfalzhalle
2013–05–28 – Kiev – CKM NAU
2013–05–30 – Minsk – Minsk Concert Hall
2013–06–01 – Moscow – Arena
2013–06–02 – St. Petersburg – Kosmonavt
2013–06–05 – Tokyo – Zepp
2013–06–06 – Yokohama – Blitz
2013–06–07 – Tokyo – Shibuya AX
2013–06–09 – Osaka – Matsushita IMP Hall
2013–06–10 – Nagoya – Zepp
2013–06–12 – Seoul – V–Hall
2013–06–21 – Clisson – Hellfest





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