Helloween’s hotly anticipated, self-titled disc drops June 18 via the good people at Nuclear Blast Records. What makes this record so unique and special is, it’s the “Pumpkins United” line-up together on record for the first time.
If you’re a fan of the band’s current and previous lead singers Andi Deris, Michael Kiske, and Kai Hansen, you will dig what they’ve accomplished on Helloween. All three deliver superb performances, individually and together. Their emotional reach, their vocal interplay is astoundingly good. And how about that classic Helloween power metal sound we’ve come to expect from Michael Weikath, Markus Grosskopf, Sascha Gerstner and Dani Löble? Oh it’s here, it’s massive, and they crush it.
Helloween is 12 tracks of sci-fi-meets-power-metal meets a conceptualized record only Helloween could properly fathom. As a longtime fan, this record fits in nicely with the thematic content and mythos the band have curated over the course of their career. The songs on this record are a myriad of fantastic notions coupled with Helloween’s trademark metal, which, for this critic, is reminiscent of the Helloween we came to know via the Keeper Of The Seven Keys era.
Helloween taps into the collective vision of who this band is at their core, both creatively and musically, demonstrating how amazing their chemistry is, that these songs are as good as they are, to gel together in such a cohesive fashion. There’s a continuity to this record that ties each track together in a way that tells a greater story conveying emotion without even trying. The “Pumpkins United Lineup” is firing on all cylinders in a way I don’t think I’ve heard before.
Deris doesn’t overpower Kiske, who doesn’t overshadow Hansen, and vice versa, etc. They complement each other; they lift each other up and take us, the listener, with them while telling tales of the “Robot King” on track 8, detailing the trials and tribulations of an alien “Grey” imprisoned inside Hangar 18 with “Skyfall,” track 12, and what it’s like to experience “The Fear Of The Fallen” on track 2.
Helloween is a great record, and it goes without saying that the strongest track on this masterpiece is “Skyfall,” which is sure to be a mainstay in their live show for years to come. I can’t stress this enough; buy this record. It’s the best melodic, power-driven metal I’ve heard in years.
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