Being a huge Helloween fan for some time now, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new album so I downloaded an advance copy a few weeks ago, and I was totally blown away! I ran out and bought the album the day it came out, and all I can say is this has been the best CD purchase I’ve made in quite some time… it’s that damn good!
Every track stands out on it’s own and there’s no filler to be found here like on their previous album, the disappointing “Legacy”. Andi’s vocals are top notch as always, Sacha and Weiki’s guitar work is easily the best so far of the newest lineup with some awesome dueling solos, and for my money Dani is excellent behind the drum kit and is definitely as good as, if not better then, Uli or Ingo (RIP). Really the only bad thing I could say about Gambling With The Devil is what a couple of reviewers previously mentioned, and that’s the fact that the 2 songs on the limited edition bonus disc are not included on the main album. They are stellar tracks in their own right, especially the song Find My Freedom which IMO is the best song on the album. It’s just too good for “B-Side” status, and ranks with “Deliver Us From Temptation” (The Dark Ride) for “bonus songs that shouldn’t be bonus songs”.
Oh, and speaking of bonuses, the limited edition also comes with a scratch-off card that has a riddle for the fans to solve and some cool prizes to be won, definitely a plus and a big nod to the hardcore pumpkin heads from the band… wish more bands would do cool stuff like this.
So to sum it all up, whether you’re a long-time fan of old school “Keeper’s Era” Helloween, or if you prefer the more modern albums like Better Then Raw and The Dark Ride, this album NEEDS to be in your collection! No ifs ands or buts… and none of that “Well I don’t like anything after Hansen/Kiske” bullcrap either! If you can’t appreciate this amazing album, then you’re not a true Helloween fan, and that’s the plain and simple truth Buy it now!