Helloween - 7 Sinners review


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Band: Helloween
Album: 7 Sinners
Release date: October 2010

01. Where The Sinners Go
02. Are You Metal?
03. Who Is Mr. Madman?
04. Raise The Noise
05. World Of Fantasy
06. Long Live The King
07. The Smile Of The Sun
08. You Stupid Mankind
09. If A Mountain Could Talk
10. The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner
11. My Sacrifice
12. Not Yet Today
13. Far In The Future
14. I'm Free [deluxe digipack edition bonus]
15. Faster We Fall [Japanese bonus]
16. Aiming High [iTunes bonus]

Helloween have been forging a new path for themselves for many years, seemingly cursed in the way that anything with the Helloween name on it will be compared to those influential Keeper... albums, and almost every time the new offering inevitably falls short.

7 Sinners is the third album with the current line-up, and the first since The Dark Ride that has been able to square up to the Keeper... albums and come off looking pretty good. The reputation of those early albums will never be matched again, but Helloween are determined to continually prove their worth as the genre's kings and still as a legitimate and current power metal band.

The album itself is faster, harder, catchier, and simply better than the previous few by a long way. 7 Sinners is a much more organic and natural-feeling album, perhaps due to the line-up bonding closer still and for the first time ever recording an album without a drum click track. Each band member except for drummer Dani Löble wrote songs for the album, and it perhaps the mixture of styles each of the four brought to the table that makes 7 Sinners a diverse and interesting album.

Andi's presence is felt with the tongue-in-cheek "Are You Metal?" but also with the "If I Could Fly"-esque ballad of "The Smile Of The Sun". Weikie's quirkiness is brought out with the flute solo in "Raise The Noise", and Sascha once again shows his merit in the writing department with the killer track "Who Is Mr. Madman?" and its catchy chorus. Markus' input comes out on top this time however, with the similarly catchy "World Of Fantasy" and epic "If A Mountain Could Talk", both keeping a good pace and making evident some of the best material the band have put out for years.

Indeed, quality-wise 7 Sinners has hit the jackpot. It has been many years since Helloween have released an album so solid and consistently enjoyable. It is therefore strange that the production of the album is a little muffled and actually quieter than most other modern albums. As long as you have the sound system though, this shouldn't be so much of a problem when it comes to enjoying this magnificent modern power metal album from the kings doing it their own way.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 6


Written on 29.12.2010 by Member of Staff since 2006.

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31.05.2011 - 15:32
Metal Invader
Written by GroundZero on 31.05.2011 at 06:00

Markus wrote some of the best songs in this album. He rarely write something, but he surprise us when doing it.

Helloween's member changing has been a big problem to the band. Since Kiske, who is an amazing singer, but he pretended to make of Helloween a pop rock band or something like that. I don't know why Gamma Ray, Avantasia and others continue inviting him to be part of the metal scene when he hates heavy metal.

Also, the Hansen's departure left a big gap in the band, he was an essential Helloween member.

With Deris the band started to raise again (musically talking), and Roland Grapow took a primordial role in the band as a player and songwriter, but when "The Dark Ride" appeared there was something (perhaps the darkness?) in the album that disagree to Weikath (the band leader) and he decided to fire Grapow and Kusch (Who wrote Escalation 666), leaving the band again in poor conditions.

Then, they launched first "Rabbit don't come Easy", later "Keeper Legacy" and finally "Gambling with the Devil", which are not very good albums and are comparable to Pink Bubbles Go Ape and Chameleon.

Finally, "7 Sinners", an excellent album, recall us why Helloween is one of the best power metal bands ever.

i agree with 7 sinners but i dont know who compares Gamling with Pink and Chameleon..i think that Gambling is much much much better then those 2 albums..even if you dont like it imo is not comparable with them..
01.06.2011 - 06:17
Written by Metal Invader on 31.05.2011 at 15:32

i agree with 7 sinners but i dont know who compares Gamling with Pink and Chameleon..i think that Gambling is much much much better then those 2 albums..even if you dont like it imo is not comparable with them..

To be honest with you I prefer "Chameleon" to "Gambling With The Devil". Although Chameleon is less heavy than Gambling, compositions from the former have more quality. Chameleon was out of context, and many people hated such an album for that reason.

Pink Bubbles Go Ape is almost the same as Gambling With The Devil, just 2 or 3 good songs can be picked out from them.
02.06.2011 - 12:57
Metal Invader
Must say that there is one song on Pink that i like and its The Chance..nothing else icluding hole Chameleon album(dont like that heavy/pop rock crap)..but Gambling i like cos its more speedy and power..well that is matter of taste and strange taste you have just kidding!:)
21.01.2020 - 20:29
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Tage Westerlund
IMO its mosy heavy metal album from the band. If people like keeper, they live sin a past, yes those are classic albums, but times go, metal goes as well, I mean not to the grave but into future. One of rare band swhere new albums are killers
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