Straight Out of Hell

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Straight Out of Hell
Studio album by Helloween
Released 18 January 2013
Recorded Mi Sueño Studio, Tenerife, Spain
Genre Power metal
Length 60:16
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind
Helloween chronology
7 Sinners
(2010)
Straight Out of Hell
(2013)
Singles from Straight Out of Hell
  1. "Burning Sun"
    Released: October 24, 2012
  2. "Nabataea"
    Released: January 9, 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blabbermouth 8.5/10[1]
Metal Forces 9/10[2]
Popmatters 6/10[3]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[4]

Straight Out of Hell is the 14th studio album by German power metal band Helloween. It was released in 2013 and produced by Charlie Bauerfeind.[5]

Overview[edit]

Regarding the songs, guitarist and founding member Michael Weikath stated:[5]

Straight Out of Hell is the consequent development of the two albums before. The new songs are a continuation of the 7 Sinners directives, only less doom-bound and noticeably more positive. These songs will kick even the laziest listener's ass.

Andi Deris confirmed that Straight Out of Hell was intentionally made to be a "happy" Helloween album. This was, according to Deris, partly in response to the band's darker material during the previous 10 years, and partly out of the band's interest in releasing a positive album in light of the failure of the 2012 Doomsday Prediction.[6]

War and peace are the themes of the first two songs. Opening track, "Nabatea", refers to the ancient Nabatean Kingdom, which exists in modern Jordan. Andi Deris explained that Nabatea is "a nation which...was probably the only country which never brought war to other countries".[7] A music video was shot for an edited version of "Nabataea".[8] By contrast, the acceptance of conflict by the modern world consumes the second track, "World of War", which explores how contemporary humanity takes war as inevitable and seemingly cares little about the casualties, according to Deris.[9]

Faith is addressed in "Far From the Stars", with bassist Markus Grosskopf explaining that the strength of one's belief, whether associated with a religion or not, is essential for survival.[10] A different tack is taken on the last track, "Church Breaks Down", which highlights the Church's actions throughout the centuries such as its refusal to adapt to scientific developments such as the theory of evolution).[11]

Several songs deal with the follies and occasionally strange beliefs of humanity. "Burning Sun" is more light-hearted, introducing a protagonist who, according to Weikath, dreams of steering a spaceship into the Sun.[12] A version of the track featuring a Hammond organ (performed by Helloween session keyboardist Matthias Ulmer) was dedicated to the late Deep Purple organist Jon Lord and is included as a bonus track on the limited and Japanese editions of the album.[5][13] On the other hand, "Waiting for the Thunder" is a piano-driven song about an unrepentant man, after doing wrong, simply awaits the punishment rather than trying to make amends.[14] Deris conceded that, "I know sometimes I'm that guy".[14]

In addition to the dedication of the Hammond organ version of "Burning Sun" to Jon Lord, Helloween dedicated "Wanna Be God" to the late Freddie Mercury of Queen due to its affinity to the Queen's stadium rock track, "We Will Rock You".[15] Previously on December 12, 2012, Metal Shock Finland's Chief Editor, Mohsen Fayyazi, compared the drums of this track with a traditional Brazilian folk rhythm and also he wrote "It seems they wanted to wear QUEEN‘s shoes, as this track sounds like “We Will Rock You” by QUEEN to me"[16][17]

The title track toys with heavy metal clichés[18] while "Years" fixates upon life and death,[19] and "Make Fire Catch the Fly" discusses the fear of rejection that may cause a person to never profess love for another.[20]

Track listing[edit]

Regular Album[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Nabataea"   Deris 7:03
2. "World of War"   Gerstner 4:58
3. "Live Now!"   Deris/Gerstner 3:12
4. "Far From the Stars"   Grosskopf 4:43
5. "Burning Sun"   Weikath 5:35
6. "Waiting for the Thunder"   Deris 3:55
7. "Hold Me in Your Arms"   Gerstner 5:12
8. "Wanna Be God" (dedicated to Freddie Mercury) Deris 2:04
9. "Straight Out of Hell"   Grosskopf 4:35
10. "Asshole"   Gerstner 4:12
11. "Years"   Weikath 4:24
12. "Make Fire Catch the Fly"   Deris 4:24
13. "Church Breaks Down"   Gerstner 6:08

Limited Edition Bonus Tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Another Shot of Life" (limited edition bonus track) Grosskopf 5:13
15. "Burning Sun (Hammond version)" (limited edition bonus track; dedicated to Jon Lord) Weikath 5:34

Japanese Edition Bonus Tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "No Eternity" (Japanese bonus track) Grosskopf 3:34
15. "Burning Sun (Hammond version)" (Japanese bonus track; dedicated to Jon Lord) Weikath 5:34

Line-up[edit]

Guest musicians

  • Matthias Ulmer – keyboards

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by Charlie Bauerfeind
  • Recorded & mixed at Mi Sueño Studio in Tenerife, SPA
  • Engineered & mixed by Charlie Bauerfeind for S.C. & Services
  • Additional engineering & editing by Thomas Geiger
  • Additional backing vocals by William "Billy" King & Olaf Senkbeil
  • Cover artwork, 3D design & band photography by Martin Häusler
  • Pumpkin illustrations by Marcos Moura

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Certification Sales/
shipments[21]
World Albums Chart 100[22] 28 - 90.000+
Czech Republic Albums Chart[23] 4 - 5.000+
Hungarian Albums Chart[24] 10 - 5.000+
Greek Albums Chart[25] 15 - 3.500+
Finnish Albums Chart[26] 4 - 10.000+
Japanese Combined Albums Chart[27] 6 - 7.500+
Japanese Western Albums Chart [27] 2 - 15.000+
Canadian Albums Chart[citation needed] 75 - 1.200+
German Albums Chart [28] 4 - 25.500+
Swiss Albums Chart [29] 12 - 4.500+
Swedish Albums Chart [30] 6 - 8.000+
Austrian Albums Chart [31] 22 - 5.000+
French Albums Chart [32] 50 - 4.500+
US Billboard Top 200 [33] 97 - 11.750+
Polish Albums Chart [34] 38 - 5.500+
Norwegian Albums Chart [35] 21 - 6.000+
Belgian Albums Chart [35] 82 - 2.000+
UK Rock Albums Chart [36] 24 - 8.500+

References[edit]

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