|1. Beyond The Portal|
|2. Mr. Torture|
|3. All Over The Nations|
|4. Escalation 666|
|5. Mirror Mirror|
|6. If I Could Fly|
|8. The Departed (Sun Is Going Down)|
|9. I Live For Your Pain|
|10. We Damn The Night|
|12. The Dark Ride|
About people who say this sounds like newer, pseudo(nu)-metal stuff of these days, I'll have to disagree. Guitars in this album sound unarguably lower in tone than most Helloween stuff, and because these new and IMO horrible bands of today's mainstream use that sound (seven strings,) it doesn't automatically make it the same. Song structure nor anything relates to these bands, unlike Metallica's St. Anger.
As a plus, there are some nice lyrics, such as the chuckle-inducing Mr. Torture, though most of the rest is much darker. Also, Andi's vocals are very special and out-of-the-ordinary--he is very underrated. I don't like him better than Michael Kiske, but he stands his own, and I also like how he twisted older songs in the High Live album. One thing I like better in him is how he does not have a perfect voice (like Kiste's), but he entertains by giving different textures with his very dynamic voice.
The first thing I must make note of is my favorite song, "The Departed". What a unique song! I love all the evens on the CD - that's it. The opening group of notes should catch your attention. I've never heard another song like it. I just love it!!!
Also on my list of favorites lies the opening song, "Mr. Torture", which has awesome guitarring. A bit short, though (3:30). If I could Fly is okay, but I don't think the music is good enough for the lyrics. The title track is pretty good, but for a closer AND a title track, more should have been done. That song is the longest on the album clocking in at 8:50. The biggest surprises are the ultra-gloomy track 4 and track 10. 4 is great. You don't hear gloomy CDs like this one too much, and to have a song that stands out as gloomy on an already gloomy album says something. This song is so slow and the vocals are so dark... wow! Its another one of those different ones. However, I did earlier say that Helloween is no different from the modern bands, right? Well, track 10 doesn't disappoint you. At the 1:54 mark, one of the coolest "between choruses" starts, and boy is it awesome! Its nothing compared to the likes of "The World Will be Better" by Heavenly, but its my favorite "between choruses" on the album, with "Mr. Torture" (track 2)'s "between chorus" as a close 2nd.
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