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Helloween: Straight Out of Hell [Bonus Tracks]

Track List

>World of War
>Live Now!
>Far from the Stars
>Burning Sun
>Waiting for the Thunder
>Hold Me In Your Arms
>Wanna Be God
>Straight Out of Hell
>Make Fire Catch the Fly
>Church Breaks Down
>Another Shot of Life
>Burning Sun

Album Reviews:

Q (Magazine) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n utterly preposterous but also quite fun album that relishes in its own anachronisms."

Album Notes

The 14th studio album from venerable German power metal outfit Helloween kicks off with the blistering "Nabatea," a typically ambitious, seven-minute epic concerning a kingdom of nomadic, Mediterranean, peace-loving folks swallowed up by the Roman Empire in AD 106. From there, truncated history lessons are put on the back burner in favor of a more traditional, Keeper of the Seven Keys-era Helloween approach, offering up immaculate blasts of impossibly tuneful, power/neo-classical metal with humor ("Asshole"), apocalyptic glee ("World of War"), and an unapologetic love for all things Iron Maiden ("Far from the Stars"). Brighter, broader, and a good deal lighter in tone than 2010's ominous 7 Sinners, Straight Out of Hell (definitely not Compton) finds Helloween resting on its laurels a bit, but should nonetheless please longtime fans with its huge, soaring choruses and reliably strong musicianship. [A version was released with two bonus tracks, "Another Shot of " and "Burning Sun."] ~ James Christopher Monger


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