Hell was made in Heaven!
By tru metal
Andi's vocals are ten times better than Kiske's. I don't think Kiske is a bad singer, but Deris's lyrics are way better. Rabbit adds to the great musical genius of Helloween's history. Check out Hell was made in Heaven or Open Your Life! Deris's vocals can be very inspiring and they prove you don't have to bark like a dog to be metal!
Helloween are nothing if not resiliant. Back in the late 80's and early 90's, they survived the departure of founding guitarist and metal maestro Kai Hansen; then there was the gifted vocalist Michael Kiske who was jettisoned along with founding drummer Ingo Schweitenberg. They rebounded with singer Andi Deris, drummer Uli Kunsch and Guitarist Roland Grapow only to watch the latter two leave just after the millenium. But once again, these German metalheads bounced back with guitarist Sascha Gerstner and gave us "Rabbit Don't Come Easy." (Motorhead's resident madman Mikkey Dee stepped in as the studio drummer.) It's an odd title yes, but the music is classic Helloween: muscular and heroic riffs that soar and don't get mired in sludge, scorching dual leads, virtuostic drumming and thick, melodic basslines. Tracks such as "Hell Was Made in Heaven," "Listen to the Flies" and "Just a Little Sign" prove this band is just as vital and as energized as they were in their 80's heyday. Refreshingly, there's not a growled vocal, passage of blaring distortion or oversued blastbeat to be found. These guys have playing metal for a long time, and they know how it's supposed to be done, and God bless 'em for it.
Helloween fans tend to grossly underrate this album (most citing they don't like Deris' voice). The truth is that this is a fine album without a single bad song on it. Obviously some are better than others, but there's definately something for everyone here.
Top songs for me are "Listen to the Flies", and "Back Against the Wall". they are the heaviest, another great song is "Liar". Helloween is a great band and one of the few metal bands i like anymore.(i listen to MCR, The Used, Fall out Boy, and Marilyn manson more than anyone else) but they are still one of the greatest bands out there, interesting combination of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, my two favorite metal bands. (Halford foreva)
I think that this album is a very good album, but it is not one of thier strongest albums. They are a little less heavy than in metal jukebox, but still they are amazing ! I was just browsing around and stumbled upon them what a find... I felt like I had just found a treasure chest full of gold !!!!!
Yet another good CD from Helloween
I think this album is actually quite good. Open Your Life and Just a Little SIgn are very catchy.... Nothing to Say is my favorite (especially for the ending). Don't Stop Being Crazy is just as good. But for some reason, the singer seems to sound like Gargamel from the Smurfs, but you can easily look past that as it fits the music well.