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Incendiary power metal band Helloween strike back with full force on the 12-track GAMBLING WITH THE DEVIL, the German quintet's latest showing. Despite the band falling off the metal map in previous releases, songs like "Heaven Tells No Like" and "The Saints" sharpen their metal focus and find the unit sounding as strong as ever. Reverting back to the power metal devices that brought them the accolades and praise from the metal community, not to mention had a hand in creating, have made songs like "Kill It" a kick ass power metal anthem as well as a nice addendum to the Helloween catalog. If you still play KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS or dig Blind Guardian and Hammerfall and have shunned Helloween, now's the time to reacquaint yourself with this trailblazing group.
- Mike SOS