Sound — 10
With Gambling With The Devil, Helloween blast back into the underground metal scene full-steam ahead. It begins with one of their usual album intros which could, this time, creep out the squeamish. Then Kill It is segued into and Andi's vocals and the 12/8 time beat destroys everything in the room. This is true new Helloween. Even more mainstream-sounding songs like As Long As I Fall hold their own on the new observation by this power metal behemoth. This is Helloween's song-writing at very, very close to it's best. Despite the dumbass AllMusic reviewer's experience with this album, I thought it was a really fun adventure into the realm of Helloween.
Lyrics — 9
Andi Deris has been the best singer Helloween ever had for the fifteen years he has been with the band. He has also evolved very well as a singer up to this point in the band's carrer. On previous albums such as Dark Ride and Rabbit Don't Come Easy, Deris has experimented heavily with multiple vocal styles. He utilizes the vocals he pioneered on those albums on GWTD in killer tracks such as Kill It, with the high-pitched verses. The overall lyrical theme seems to be all about destroying and ignoring everything that annoys you in life and that you should follow your heart, not trends. Ireally think Can Do It should have been the last track, I really wanted that one at the end after I heard the whole album.
Overall Impression — 9
Helloween have evolved to an extreme extent over their careers and the product of today shows just that. The sonic evolution following the departures of Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen has built up to become something really special for this buch of guys. Although this album may not be as well polished as, say, The Dark Ride, or Time of the Oath, it still may be considered in and of itself, a classic. Best tracks: Kill It, Can Do It, Final Fortune, The Saints, As Long As I Fall, and Bells of the Seven Hells. Yay!