German heavy metal band Helloween will play City National Grove of Anaheim on October 7 in support of their latest release, Straight Out of Hell.
Helloween have documented how this future could look like, or rather sound like, on their latest studio album Straight Out Of Hell. It’s a work full of speed and toughness, with optimism and great joy of playing, featuring complex arrangements, strong hooks and plenty of catchy melodies. Or, to let the facts speak for themselves: 13 mostly fast-paced songs that turn out to be impressively multi-layered and will completely delight all Helloween fans, due to the different songwriters Andi Deris, founding members Michael Weikath and Markus Großkopf, and guitarist Sascha Gerstner.
Helloween’s guitarist is referring to tracks such as “Make Fire Catch The Fly”, “Far From the Stars”, “Church Breaks Down”, the title track (written by bass player Markus Großkopf), and the straightforward “Years” – all of them racing through the terrain at full speed. In addition, there is the complex and passionate “Burning Sun” by Michael Weikath, which Deris refers to short and sweet as “one of Weik’s highspeed masterpieces.” “World Of War” by Sascha Gerstner convinces with thrashy guitar riffs, demonstrating Helloween’s impressive virtuosity.
But Helloween wouldn’t be Helloween if Straight Out Of Hell would not feature the band’s other, slightly more groovy side as well. With “Waiting For The Thunder” Deris has – in his own words – contributed “a rock song reminding of the old Pink Cream 69 tunes”. Gerstner lets off steam on “Asshole” and complements the album with “Hold Me In Your Arms”, a wonderful ballad, providing the desired antithesis to the otherwise extremely energetic record. Speaking of energy, the determination that has always been an integral part of the Helloween camp was captured perfectly by their producer Charlie Bauerfeind at the band’s own MiSueno studio in Tenerife. Bauerfeind consciously created a raw sound, keeping the edge of Helloween’s new songs and working without computer-controlled devices. “With a world-class drummer like Dani Löble in the studio you don’t need click tracks or computer support”, Markus Großkopf praises his drummer. “Thanks to Dani, the whole album breathes pure authenticity, which distinguishes Straight Out Of Hell from lots of other artists’ productions. In addition, the new album sounds more compact and homogeneous than 7 Sinners has, and is one of the fastest releases in Helloween’s history.”