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Alongside Switzerland's Celtic Frost and Sweden's Bathory, Germany's Helloween were possibly the most influential heavy metal band to come out of Europe during the 1980s. By taking the hard riffing and minor-key melodies handed down from metal masters like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, then infusing them with the speed and energy introduced by the burgeoning thrash metal movement, ... Read more in Amazon's Helloween Store

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Keepers of the Seven Keys 1 + Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II + Walls Of Jericho
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  • Audio CD (8 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Victor
  • ASIN: B00005GYAC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,447,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Helloween's best album (together with part II) now EXPANDED, containing 2 must have Bonus Tracks and Remastered; providing an improved sound quality compared to the original release of 1987.

By combining influences such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Queen, Rainbow and Queensryche together with fast double bass drumming, higher pitched and melodic vocals, fabulous twin-guitar solos and catchy riffs, Helloween achieved to lay the foundations for European power metal, as it is known today.

In Keeper Of The Seven Keys part I the band changed its sound, from the speed metal that dominated their debut album, to a much more melodic, technical and epic approach. The songs were still fast paced and heavy but contained catchy melodies, memorable choruses, outstanding vocals and evoked an uplifting feeling.

Besides the captivating music, a new charismatic vocalist named "Michael Kiske" joins the band to take this album to the skies! Influenced by Bruce Dickinson and Geoff Tate; but equipped with more emotion and charisma, 18 year old Kiske makes this album a must have for any metal and hard rock fan. (Kiske is still considered one of the best and most copied vocalists in the heavy metal genre)

The album begins with an operatic marching type intro which successfully sets the mood of the album. The intro leads nicely into the fast paced and uplifting "I'm Alive". The song carries an optimistic message and includes a memorable chorus, fast drumming, raving guitar solos and twin-guitar harmonies.

The heavy "A Little Time" comes next with another catchy chorus and an addictive guitar riff, while the melodic mid range vocals in the verses sound really emotional and warm.

The power ballad "A Tale that wasn't Right" arrives to slow things down a bit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Pearson on 19 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Maiden influences are clear throughout the album but this was very much Helloween coming of age. A metal masterpiece in the classic European tradition and a style so unfashionable these days it's frightening.
It was the start of a Teutonic journey that never reached these giddy heights again.
I'm Alive set the tone...fast, anthemic, no compromise. Future World...melodic, eccentric, brilliant. A Tale That Wasn't Right...dramatic, screeching ballad. Halloween...stunning, a genuine epic.
If you're bored of the endless stream of droning Yanks & copycat Brits these days and crave a bit of metal when it really was METAL (yeah...Grrrr!), then check this out.
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By N on 1 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
the impact of helloween upon european metal esp. power and speed metal can not be overestimated and this is probally their best album. musically they take their cues from iron maiden, but play much faster. the quailty which the band has shines through on tracks like i'm alive and twilight of the gods. the two best tracks on the album are probally a little time and future world. although at times the comparsions with iron maiden are unaviodtable when listening to this album it is no bad thing when you are copying one of the finest metal bands which britain has producded. if you like iron maiden, hammerfall and their ilk you should like this album.
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Format: Vinyl
If you like awesome german power metal this album is for you, its power/thrash metal in the vein of gamma ray, from the opening track "I'm alive" you know what to expect. Fast power chords pound at you while a vocalist with the talent of joey tempest (europe) sings with aggression and emotion. Theres a beautifull ballad on here to, "a tale that wasnt right" tells the tale of a romance coming to an end, and "future worlds" is an awesome sci fi tale of whats to come. Anyone who likes thier metal fast and powerfull yet polished and pure would love helloween.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Soze on 1 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
An album that capitulated Helloween briefly into the big time in the late eighties and remains their greatest album. Quite different from their debut thrash album Walls of Jericho, this is more restrained with a few nods to Iron Maiden. Very melodic twin guitar power metal with many highlights - notably Future World and the incredible 13 minute Halloween. This and it`s follow up remain the pinnacle of a topsy turvy career for the band.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jan 2004
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By combining influences such as Iron Maiden, Queen, Rainbow and Queensryche together with fast double bass drumming, higher pitched-melodic vocals, fabulous twin-guitar solos and catchy riffs, Helloween achieved to lay the foundations for European power metal, as it is known today.

The album begins with an operatic marching type intro which successfully sets the mood of the album. The intro leads nicely into the fast paced and uplifting "I'm Alive". The song carries an optimistic message and includes a memorable chorus, fast drumming, raving guitar solos and twin-guitar harmonies.

The heavy "A Little Time" comes next with another catchy chorus and an addictive guitar riff, while the melodic mid range vocals in the verses sound really emotional and warm.

The power ballad "A Tale that wasn't Right" arrives to slow things down a bit. It's strongest points are the truly emotional vocals and the wonderfully played guitar solo.

"Twilight Of The Gods" continues in the same vain as I'm Alive but is more epic, contains better vocals and a chorus that you'll never forget.

The heavy metal anthem and most famous track "Future World" follows next. It is performed in mid-tempo, includes one of the best twin-guitar solos of the album, funny lyrics and vocals that vary from low range to really high-pitched.

Next comes the true masterpiece of the album "Halloween"; an operatic, fast, progressive, melodic power metal hymn raving over 13 minutes (which never gets long nor tiresome). Halloween is probably one of the best metal epics ever. It contains an eerie chorus, tempo changes, varying vocals, choirs and hundreds of guitar riffs, leads and solos.
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