Release Date: 2010
Genre: Power Metal
1. Where The Sinners Go (03:36)
2. Are You Metal? (03:35)
3. Who Is Mr. Madman? (05:43)
4. Raise The Noise (05:07)
5. World Of Fantasy (05:15)
6. Long Live The King (04:13)
7. The Smile Of The Sun (04:37)
8. You Stupid Mankind (04:04)
9. If A Mountain Could Talk (06:44)
10. The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner (04:00)
11. My Sacrifice (04:59)
12. Not Yet Today (01:12)
13. Far In The Future (07:43)
14. I’m Free (04:11)
15. Faster We Fall (04:48)
16. Aiming High (04:33)
Total Length: 01:14:18
Sometimes there’s such a huge break for me in doing this because I’m just so busy and this isn’t my priority. Sometimes the quality of an album makes it hard to want to listen and write about it. This at least has served true plenty of times. Both are true in this case. Where The Sinners Go has a fairly neat opening, the drums sound great and the tone works well. The chorus is catchy, which is Helloween’s strong suit. It’s just not that great, somehow. Are You Metal? has a stupidly-cheesy synth (which is a good thing) but the rest of the song falls flat for me.
Who Is Mr. Madman? plays way more to the band’s strengths. It’s catchy, kind of dark in a fun-house way, and just sticks with you. It’s a bit too long to be honest, but a bright spot on the album. Raise The Noise is entirely boring until the woodwind solo partway through. If they had done more things like this on here I would like this album a hell of a lot more. World Of Fantasy is just an average song from the band. Decent enough chorus. Long Live The King is not really good in any way I can truthfully say. Maybe the main riff is alright? Eh.
The Smile Of The Sun is an attempt at a softer, more ballad type song. It really doesn’t work at all. Neither does You Stupid Mankind which has some odd grammar and tries to be harsh and mean but it doesn’t come off well at all. If A Mountain Could Talk is way too long and frankly just boring. The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner has a great chorus that sticks in your head, and that’s all. My Sacrifice has one of the best riffs on the album. Not Yet Today is a decent intro to the next track. It tries to be haunting, like the song that Pippin sings in Return of the King, but it doesn’t really make it there.
Far In The Future is a fairly solid song, but even though the band has done longer tracks in good form before, this one loses steam pretty quickly. I’m Free has a cool chorus to it. Faster We Fall is decent, but really not worth mentioning. Aiming High is the previous track but even moreso. It’s no wonder that these two got cut and put on the bonus track train. The album itself just feels lifeless for the most part, like the guys are just going through the motions. I really don’t care to listen to it ever again.
Final Rating: 3/10