Gambling with the Devil

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All Music Guide - Dave Donnelly
The unprecedented worldwide success of multinational British-based power metallers DragonForce has cast an unexpected light upon German speed metal trailblazers Helloween. Perhaps the first band to convincingly combine thrash metal intensity with the melody and majestic imagery of the NWOBHM, and by extension the blueprint upon which DragonForce based their "extreme power metal" style, Helloween were a heavy metal institution, but one that had very much fallen by the wayside upon the departure of classic-era singer Michael Kiske and founder/guitarist Kai Hansen in the mid-'90s. Singer Andi Deris has been a permanent fixture ever since, but the band has found stable ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Donnelly
The unprecedented worldwide success of multinational British-based power metallers DragonForce has cast an unexpected light upon German speed metal trailblazers Helloween. Perhaps the first band to convincingly combine thrash metal intensity with the melody and majestic imagery of the NWOBHM, and by extension the blueprint upon which DragonForce based their "extreme power metal" style, Helloween were a heavy metal institution, but one that had very much fallen by the wayside upon the departure of classic-era singer Michael Kiske and founder/guitarist Kai Hansen in the mid-'90s. Singer Andi Deris has been a permanent fixture ever since, but the band has found stable lineups difficult to come by, and the quality of material has been equally inconsistent. Following 2005's Keeper of ghe Seven Keys: The Legacy, on which the band attempted to revive the style of their mid-'80s classics, Gambling with the Devil is a little more calculated. The appearance of Saxon mainstay Biff Byford on the intro track "Crack the Riddle" is all too foreboding, however: for all its enthusiasm, Gambling with the Devil is unbending, inelastic, and indulgent heavy metal. Far from offering something new to the genre, Gambling with the Devil's progressive elements act as a smoke screen for a genuine lack of ideas, typified in no small measure by the dull extended interlude wedged in the middle of otherwise wonderful ballad "Fallen to Pieces." Gambling with the Devil may satisfy the diehards, but new entrants would be well advised to stick to the earlier material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2010
  • Label: Steamhammer Europe
  • UPC: 693723025629
  • Catalog Number: 2302562
  • Sales rank: 346,704

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crack the Riddle (0:57)
  2. 2 Kill It (4:13)
  3. 3 The Saints (7:06)
  4. 4 As Long as I Fall (3:41)
  5. 5 Paint a New World (4:27)
  6. 6 Final Fortune (4:46)
  7. 7 The Bells of the 7 Hells (5:22)
  8. 8 Fallen to Pieces (5:52)
  9. 9 I.M.E. (3:46)
  10. 10 Can Do It (4:30)
  11. 11 Dreambound (5:57)
  12. 12 Heaven Tells No Lies (6:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helloween Primary Artist
Markus Grosskopf Bass
Michael Weikath Guitar
Andi Deris Vocals
Sascha Gerstner Guitar
Technical Credits
Charly Bauerfeind Producer, Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2010

    Fantastic Album

    I really tried to not like this album, I really did. Having never been a big fan of the band, a friend advised it was one of their best releases & now I must concede that appears to be true now that I have had the time to examine their "notoriously great" earlier albums.
    What we have in store here are several mid-paced songs with excellent guitar solos, great harmonies, some slower songs that ooze with emotive lyrics and music & some really speedy & aggressive sounding songs not necessarily done the way they used to be done.
    The more I played this album the more I loved it & in the end it would have been on my year end best of list for sure had I jumped on board sooner. Some aggressive guitar playing here that really hits the mark, I am anxiously awaiting their new album 7 Sinners based on the pre-reviews of that new release.

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