HELLOWEEN – MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT
Release Date: 29th May 2015
℗ 2015 Nuclear Blast Records
- Battle’s Won
- My God Given Right
- Stay Crazy
- Lost in America
- Russian Roulé
- The Swing of a Fallen World
- Like Everybody Else
- Creatures In Heaven
- If God Loves Rock ‘n’ Roll
- Living on the Edge
- You, Still of War
Due for release on May 28th, German metal powerhouse Helloween provide us with their latest offering in 15th studio album, My God-Given Right, and from the outset it is gründlich enorme.
Resounding of that familiar Teutonic uplifting brand of heavy metal music that would be described contemporarily as traditional metal. To me it is simply heavy metal, and has been for the last 31 years of appreciating Halloween.
It is of no real surprise that some elements of the album sound very similar to fellow countrymen and mien lieber freunde Accept and Blind Guardian, as all are most accomplished, respected veterans of the genre.
I cannot help but form the opinion that Halloween have had the opportunity to relax, write and simply allow their sound to mature naturally. This is indeed a tremendous example of the reason the group have been so successful for so long, and it smacks of new fresh tracks that required no strain or struggle for contemporary acclaim. Merely the band demonstrating their tremendous skill on their 15th recording for us to enjoy.
Each track has an element of something new for us to enjoy, thereby ensuring the album will be a pinnacle highlight of 2015 for heavy metal fans. The album is very difficult to stop, when interrupted due to the melodic flow contained within each tremendous track.
Andi delivers vocal as brilliantly and powerfully as ever, since his joining Halloween in 1994. The Swing of a Fallen World is a great example of the vocal capacity maturing and still evolving as an experienced commanding power force of metal. I avoid coining the cliché that he is improving with age, but a fine Shiraz does leap to mind.
Michael Weikath accompanied by Sascha Gerstner on lead and rhythm guitars are individually brilliant and together remain mutually complementary in their skills and styles. A match made in heaven, or hell as the case may be depending on your view of heavy metal. Either way, together they remain a driving force behind Halloweens contemporary sound. Michael, being a founding and constant member of the group provides the lead in the established sound that has guaranteed Helloween ongoing success, whilst joining in 2002, Sascha has followed the lead and still managed to enhance the groups sound since leaping aboard.
Markus Grosskopf, also a founding and constant veteran of the band has always been provider that killer, characteristic, percussive bass belting brilliance synonymous with Halloween. His performance on this album is no exception to that constant rule.
Daniel Löble is the bands newcomer. He has brought his own style to Halloween and, with all due respect to his percussive predecessors, complemented the band’s sound brilliantly. Oh yes, I say newcomer very ‘tongue in cheek’ because although being the bands most recent addition, he has been playing with Helloween for a decade.
This album is a pounding, shredding, mosh worthy collection sure to satisfy devotees, bring a new younger following and also serve as a timely reminder of why Halloween has been so popularly dominant for so long.