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My God-Given Right

June 2, 2015 | Format: MP3

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It seems unfair to judge a band strictly based on their previous works, but that is inevitable, I guess. And I'll admit, I was debating on whether to give it a "4" or a "5" star rating, and I went with 5 because there are no bad songs on the entire album. Helloween, if you recall, has basically invented the power/speed metal genre these past 30 years. So many young bands, particularly those from Europe, owe so much to this band. Considering the time that has passed and the personnel changes that have taken place, this is their finest work in quite some time.

Some critics have already (unfairly) blasted this album for being bombastic, over the top, and a bit cheesy. But this is what 80's melodic metal was all about. While it does contain tracks that border on the socially conscious, it is for the most part a fun album. The blistering opener "Heroes" is epic, and it recalls their earlier works. Some of the lyrics do border on the cheesy ("If God Loves Rock and Roll" and "Stay Crazy") but you can't argue with the songwriting. In their own way, even the lesser tracks on the album hit their mark to some degree. There is plenty of metal guitar, and the melodies you will be humming for days. Consider that 30 years into their incredible career, this band is still going this strong. That is quite an accomplishment. And while this may not be their greatest album ever, it has all the elements that made the original Helloween great, and the genre of 80's power metal they not only created but expanded upon is represented well here on "My God Given Right."
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With their 30th Anniversary celebration release this five-piece line-up - now stable since 2005's Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy - exemplifies the spirit of not only everything Helloween, but of heavy metal in general. And with yet another glorious collection of speedy power metal anthems these Germans have managed to stay relevant and on the top of their game while simultaneously keeping things lighthearted and fun. These songs actually have a decidedly more positive vibe than Straight Out of Hell with some pretty encouraging stuff in "Heroes," "Like Everybody Else" and "Creatures in Heaven." These tunes, along with the sobering "Battle's Won," "Living on the Edge" and the dynamic "The Swing of a Fallen World," really anchor this release. That latter song is easily my favorite track here. Not only does it perfectly describe the state of the world we live in but the music is riveting as the song shifts back and forth from swing to shred. Of course no Helloween release would be complete without the rebellious metal anthems ("God-Given Right" and "Russian Roule") or the tongue-in-cheek songs like "If God Loves Rock n Roll" or the party songs like "Stay Crazy" which actually really shreds. No matter the subject matter or intent this band has a way of writing great songs with catchy riffs and melodies accompanied by walls of guitars and drums. And with over an hour of new music here it is hard to find a bad song (in contrast to the last release which had a few weak songs) although I think this album would have been just as wonderful without "Claws" and the 2 bonus tracks. Still, Helloween has come a long way since those Walls of Jericho but amazingly is able - 30 years in - to stay at the top of one of the most competitive genres in metal. Love the retro-pumpkinhead cartoons in the liner notes - nice touch!
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Its 2015, the German Power Metal legends Helloween have released their 15th full-length studio album proper, not counting EPs or compilations or the symphonic Unarmed album. It is their fifth consecutive release with the same stable line-up (a big deal for a band who’ve had such a turnover of musicians in their time), and their tenth overall with Andi Deris fronting the band (making that now twice as many Helloween albums with him as without him).
It was produced by Power Metal producer extraordinaire Charlie Bauerfeind (Freedom Call, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Primal Fear, Hammerfall) and released through Nuclear Blast. The version I got came in a 3D lenticular box with bonus tracks although there are many versions available.

My God-Given Right very much picks up where the last couple of Helloween albums left off. Sometimes Helloween make a change-up to their sound for about half-an album, like on The Dark Ride or 7 Sinners being heavier, or Rabbit Don’t Come Easy being more experimental, but this isn’t one of those times. This is the core Helloween sound through and through. It wouldn’t be too mean spirited to say “you’ve heard most of these songs before” because it just lets you know that you are getting what you want: fun, melodic, cheesy, commercial Power Metal with a bit of a sense of humour.

There are moments where they throw in piano, synths or mess around with progressive structures – but mostly its driving, fun Power Metal in a mix of tempos. You get the more Hard Rock flavoured single, the slower more ballady track, the balls-out fast paced track, and the rest of it is what I’d call the medium Deris Helloween sound (which is exactly what I wanted, expected and appreciate having).
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