This album is somehow weaker than '7 Sinners' which is also weaker than 'Gambling' so sadly it's a decline trend for Helloween in my book. It's not bad by any means, in fact, it's a good album, it's a varied power metal album, they put out a lot of spices here, from the almost-progressive fast paced lengthy track to slowtempo ballads, from mid-paced melodic metal to the classic Helloween style, and also modern day stuffs which usually was dark oriented.
'Nabatea' is really awesome at riffs, the verse is also flawless, but I spot a patchy chorus, and I think it's a bit too long at 7 minutes. 'World of War' sadly a bit dull on the verse but the chorus is an awesome classic style. I don't like 'Live Now!', and almost half of these albums were average, like 'Burning Sun' - the Hammond version as a tribute to Jon Lord also doesn't help much, 'Hold Me In Your Arms' is also a cheesy ballad and Andi Deris' voice wasn't meant to be played in the lower register. 'Wanna Be God' is a disastrous filler, and several other 7/10 tracks.
Best track here for me is the title track, 'Straight Out of Hell', what a fantastic intro, great verse, bridge, and chorus, a pretty nice combination and killer all around. Second best here should be 'Years' - classic Helloween style with a catchy sing-along chorus; and the third one is 'Far From The Stars' - the keyboard insertion is very nice, the solos are awesome, and the chorus is extremely melodic. Other good stuffs are 'Waiting For The Thunder', 'Asshole' - lousy title but don't know why I fancy this track, and the bonus track, 'Another Shot of Life' isn't bad at all.
The production is great and I got the 15 tracks edition, so leaving out the 3 weakest tracks, the score is a bit better. Good album but ain't great for me, perhaps worth around 75%, although I will revisit this later for more spins coz there might be growers around.