Helloween to release 7 Sinners via Spinefarm Records in the UK

Helloween, the German outfit who have been proudly flying the flag for ‘melodic speed metal’ since first coming together in 1984, will release a brand new studio album on November 1st 2010 via Spinefarm Records UK – the first time this UK label and band have worked together.

Titled ‘7 Sinners’ and produced by longstanding collaborator Charlie Bauerfeind, this 13-track release is one of the hardest / fastest in the band’s recording history (now 13 albums and five million sales deep), yet also one of the most relaxing to make.

Put together at ‘Mi Sueno Studios’ in Tenerife, even a power cut that destroyed a whole variety of gear couldn’t undermine the essentially positive mood – a mood that saw the musicians creating an album that, in the great Helloween tradition, isn’t afraid to crack a smile and give its wings an impressively broad stretch when the moment allows.

Unusually for a set of songs delivered, in the main, at a gallop rather than a trot, Helloween (specifically drummer Loble) chose to record without the use of a ‘click track’, which makes for a live, more organic feel overall, plus the sort of swagger so important to tracks such as ‘Long Live The King’, ‘Where The Sinners Go’, ‘If A Mountain Could Talk’ and first single/ video ‘Are You Metal?’, released in the UK on October 11th.

As for the albums overriding theme, well, the title gives the nod to that – the seven deadly sins in all of their glory, with ‘Who Is Mr. Madman?’ (a Gerstner composition featuring Saxon stalwart Biff Byford on spoken intro) acting as the natural successor to ‘Perfect Gentleman’ from 1994’s ‘Master Of The Rings’ album.

Says guitarist Andy Deris of the diversity and the contemporary streak that runs throughout ‘7 Sinners’: “I love Metal. I listen to a lot of music, new stuff too. Why shouldn’t I develop my songwriting with sounds that I have just fallen in love with?”

In support of ‘7 Sinners’ , ‘Helloween’ will be playing the following shows in the UK:-

December
4th – Hard Rock Hell, Prestatyn
5th – HMV Forum, London

     

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