The new self-titled album “Helloween” from the legendary German power metal band is their 16th full-length album and was released on 18 June 2021 via Nuclear Blast. The album cover is intriguing, with spectacular handpainted artwork by Eliran Kantor.
The album features three (Yes Three!!) previous Helloween vocalists, Kai Hansen (also on guitar), Michael Kiske and Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, Markus Grosskopf on bass and drummer Daniel Loeble. This might sound like something that’s going to be busy and over the top but it’s a pleasant surprise as all members work seamlessly together and deliver more than an hour of epic, energy-filled heavy metal, it provides everything you can expect from Helloween and more.
The album begins with a punch with “Out for the Glory” and immediately you are hit with the fast pace and the soaring vocals, mixed with chilling screams and there is no doubt that the inclusion of three vocalists is going to be an intriguing ride. Each vocalist showcases a distinct vocal style of their own but at times they blend together to provide rich exciting layers that complement each other perfectly.
The 2nd track “Fear of the Fallen” begins with an acoustic intro and restrained vocals, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of calm as again the frenzied pace returns accompanied by epic guitar solos, the track ebbs and flows between the tempos, displaying a range of incredible vocal and musical abilities.
My favourite track of the album is “Best Time”, it’s catchy, it’s fun and has an anthem-like quality that immediately makes you want to join in. It’s definitely one that’s going to have a crowd singing along and having a great time.
Every track on the album presents the familiar formula that is the band’s distinctive sound but it’s Helloween on steroids, the line-up provides increased depth, as I listened I found myself discovering delightful nuances from the vocalists that highlight the versatility and talent possessed by each. The music is tight, the guitars are on point and the result is an exhilarating listen.
I did initially think the album might lose my interest partway through with its length but I played it a second time straight away. It’s an exciting, invigorating album and a must-listen for any Helloween fan and fans of power metal in general.
Every track is insanely good but the standouts for me are “Best Time”, “Skyfall”, “Fear of the Fallen”, “Out for the Glory” and “Robot King“.
Release Year: 2021
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Reviewed by ForsakenMisery