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With more than 25 years under their belt, HELLOWEEN have easily earned the reputation of “longest serving melodic speed metal band”. Last year they released their legendary best of album “Unarmed” and with “7 Sinners” we finally get some new stuff from the five Germans. This consists of what the guys can do best: nice, catchy songs, partly almost pop and over and over again perfect to sing along to. The latter maybe a bit too much, because the many “na-na-na” and “hey hey hey” parts will annoy you at some point and, besides that, they are very close to being mainstream. Like I said, you will always find some points of criticism here and there. Not every fan liked the more aggressive moments of Andi Deris in the past. And the highspeed drumming seems to be more like sports than music. Something a little bit different is then the atmospheric “World Of Fantasy” and the swinging-traditional “You Stupid Mankind”, which comes along happily stomping.
Conclusion: It still fun to listen to them.
Markus Seibel, transl. Tatjana Ziegler
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