HELLOWEEN – 7 Sinners

Posted: January 28, 2011 in music, review
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The album has been out for quite some time, but I must say I don’t follow the news as often as I should. As a result, seeing this album on the shelf was a pleasant surprise for me. It has not been long since I started listening to HELLOWEEN, but already I’m loving the precious seconds I spend listening to them.

After the classy silvery artwork, 7 Sinners shows that it was worth waiting 3 years for. As it may be expected, the lyrical theme is about the 7 Deadly Sins. The production values are top-notch, and the songs themselves generally manage to be memorable. It is heavy, with only 1 track providing relief, though that is not especially a bad thing. There are a plethora of exceptionally good riffs, and while I put the place of the solo in relation to the track above the actual guitar prowess shown in the solo, both are pretty good. The solos are not much memorable, but that may change in following listenings to the album.

In a quick run down of the tracks; Where the Sinners Go proves us the album will be nothing short of epic. From the first second we face a song that screams heavy metal. Oh wait, that’s the second song. Are You Metal? is the kind to become a fan favorite, though its tad bit cheesy. If the video and the lyrics are any indication, it might just be a subtle satire. My favorite track is, hands down, Who is Mr. Madman? Although the first track gets pretty close, it cannot match the bombastic sound of the third. The next track, World of Fantasy, lacks flair. It seems too generic. The chorus of Long Live the King is, however, bloody amazing. I can shout it all they long and still not get bored. Impossible not to headbang. The Smile of the Sun is, while not a particularly strong track, a welcome change of pace from the rest of the album. You Stupid Mankind might make more sense when listened to with lyrics, though I didn’t find it important enough to search for lyrics. If A Mountain Could Talk is just mediocre. The Sage the Fool the Sinner ranks little above the previous track, but I rather like the solo. My Sacrifice isn’t an instant hit, but has potential if I can get around listening to it for two-three times. Not Yet Today is… well, whatever. And Far in the Future manages to be an excellent closing track.

Though only a few songs capture my immediate attention, that is a result better than most. Deris’ vocals fit perfectly with the songs, and while I do miss the insanely high pitch screams, it is a reasonable trade-off. The guitars and the bass are above average, with several nice riffs, and actually audible bass lines. The drumming is great on most of the songs, though the rest sound like generic power metal drum lines. Understandable, but it would be nicer to have smoother adjustments to the varying tensions of the songs.

Overall the album doesn’t disappoint the fans and manages to be a genuine piece of art. It is neither best nor their worst work, and settles itself in a comfortable middle ground. I’m hoping, one of those who get better with each listen. Click the video below for a sample.

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