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Title - 'Straight Out Of Hell' (Sony Music)
Artist - Helloween

Straight Out Of Hell is the 14th studio album from the German power metal band, Helloween, is produced by Charlie Bauerfeind and includes the first single; indeed the epic 'Nabataea'.

'World of War,' written by Sascha Gerstner is as pounding of a tune as ever, but behind its layered darkness lies, dare I say it, a tuneful pop bounce! Listen carefully and you might even hear it yourself! That is followed by both 'Live Now!' and 'Far From the Stars,' which for my money is easily the best track on this new album.

What I'm beginning to notice is that either a) these older, established bands are trying to sound like the new-core bands, or b) the new-core bands are trying to sound like these older, established bands! Point in case is the aforementioned 'Live Now!' - a track that stinks of Hollywood Undead!

Anyway, moving on and next up is 'Burning Sun' (written by Michael Weikath), with the same track featuring a Hammond organ performed by Helloween session keyboardist Matthias Ulmer and dedicated to longtime Deep Purple organist Jon Lord included as a bonus track on the limited edition version of this album. Then comes the filler track, 'Waiting for the Thunder,' with the slow piano and acoustic guitar-inspired ballad of 'Hold Me in Your Arms' along next.

The theme of pounding drums, piercing vocals and mythical stories continues ever onwards with 'Wanna Be God,' but a track that sums up this new album perfectly is actually the title track, 'Straight Out Of Hell.' An all-out rocker, it is just one long party song; if there is such a thing for these guys!

The album comes into the final bend with the close-to glam metal sound of 'Asshole,' the fast-paced 'Years,' and then finally both 'Make Fire Catch The Fly' and 'Church Breaks Down' - which both allow Deris' vocals to remain growlingly-excellent, and yet highly-melodic at the same time!

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