I don't thing Helloween ever received the true recognition that they deserve & it's a sad thing as they are considered the pionneer in Power Metal. A band that never was afraid to take risks has resulted with a career of hits & misses but, they somehow always managed to come out on top. "7 Sinners" is the perfect example of that.
This is the album that Helloween needed to release after their last effort that consisted of classic Helloween songs all butchered up in the worst possible way. Really a bad way to celebrate the band's 25 year in the music industry guys. The good news is that they didn't butcher anything on this release. It's Helloween at its best.
The band hyped the album by stating that it would be 1 of the heaviest & fastest album they ever released & they were right. "7 Sinners" have a lot components that strike ressemblance with 2000's "The Dark Ride" being heavy & dark, but still have plenty of the band's unique sense of humour that is noticeable just by reading some of the song titles like "You Stupid Mankind", "The Smile of the Sun" & "Raise the Noise" which also include a flute solo.
All in all, Helloween is on top of their game again & 1 listen to "7 Sinners" will disipate any doubts you might have about the band's relevance in 2010 & the years to come.