Gambling with the Devil

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Gambling with the Devil
Studio album by Helloween
Released 23 October 2007
Recorded 2007 at Mi Sueño Studio, Tenerife, Spain
Genre Power metal
Length 57:33
Label SPV/Steamhammer
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind
Helloween chronology
Keeper of the Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006
(2007)
Gambling with the Devil
(2007)
Unarmed – Best of 25th Anniversary
(2009)
Singles from Gambling with the Devil
  1. "As Long as I Fall"
    Released: 28 September 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
About.com 4/5 stars [3]

Gambling with the Devil is the twelfth studio album by German power metal band Helloween, released in 2007. The single As Long as I Fall is download-only and was released in late September.

Album information[edit]

Overall the whole album has a much darker atmosphere than the past Helloween releases. It serves more as a throwback to the band's 2000 album The Dark Ride. At the same time however the album has a different feel mainly because of the fact that the two songwriters, Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch, who both wrote a total of 7 tracks in Better Than Raw and The Dark Ride, are no longer in the band. Keyboards are also utilized more frequently than on previous releases, such as in the main riff of As Long as I Fall.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Crack the Riddle (intro)"   Deris, Weikath, Gerstner, Loble, Grosskopf   0:56
2. "Kill It"   Deris Deris 4:13
3. "The Saints"   Weikath Weikath 7:06
4. "As Long As I Fall"   Deris Deris 3:41
5. "Paint a New World"   Gerstner/Weikath Gerstner 4:27
6. "Final Fortune"   Grosskopf Grosskopf 4:46
7. "The Bells of the 7 Hells"   Deris Deris 5:22
8. "Fallen to Pieces"   Deris Deris 5:52
9. "I.M.E."   Deris Deris 3:46
10. "Can Do It"   Weikath Weikath 4:30
11. "Dreambound"   Gerstner/Weikath Gerstner 5:57
12. "Heaven Tells No Lies"   Grosskopf Grosskopf 6:56
Bonus Track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Unite" (japanese bonus track) Grosskopf 4:34
Disc 2 (Special Edition Only)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Find My Freedom" (European Version) Grosskopf 6:30
2. "See the Night"   Grosskopf 6:04
3. "Never Surrender'" (USA Tour Special Edition) Gerstner 4:50
4. "As Long As I Fall (Radio Edit)" (Japanese Version) Deris 3:45
5. "As Long As I Fall (Enhanced Video)"      
6. "Trailer" (Enhanced)"      

Critical reception[edit]

The album has received mostly positive reviews, with critics hailing it as one of the band's strongest efforts in quite a while.[4] Andi Deris' vocals on the album also got praise for their power, range and emotion.[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Certification Sales/
shipments[6]
Czech Republic Albums Chart [7] 10 - -
Greek Albums Chart 16 - -
Japanese Albums Chart [8] 17 - -
Hungarian Albums Chart [9] 18 - -
Finnish Albums Chart [10] 34 - -
Swedish Albums Chart [11] 34 - -
Swedish Albums Chart [12] 38 - -
Norwegian Albums Chart [13] 44 - -
Italian Albums Chart [14] 49 - -
Swiss Albums Chart [15] 88 - -
French Albums Chart [16] 103 - -

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Guests

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gambling with the Devil at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  2. ^ "Helloween - Gambling with the Devil". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  3. ^ "Helloween - Gambling with the Devil". About.com. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Helloween - Gambling with the Devil Review - Thrashpit.com". Rocknworld.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  5. ^ "Helloween - Gambling With The Devil Review". Heavymetal.about.com. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  6. ^ Certification award levels IFPI. Retrieved August, 2009.
  7. ^ ds. "Čns Ifpi". Ifpicr.cz. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  8. ^ "ギャンブリング・ウィズ・ザ・デヴィル ハロウィンのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  9. ^ "Archívum - Slágerlisták - MAHASZ - Magyar Hangfelvétel-kiadók Szövetsége". Mahasz.hu. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung (2007-10-26). "Helloween - Gambling With The Devil". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Helloween - Gambling With The Devil". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  12. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  13. ^ "Charts - Official Helloween Messageboard". Helloweenboard.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  14. ^ "FIMI - Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana - Classifiche". Fimi.it. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "Helloween - Gambling With The Devil". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "Helloween - Gambling With The Devil". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17.