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Master of the Rings [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import]

Helloween Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (16 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000F8O47M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 980,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Irritation (Weik Etitude 112 In C)
2. Sole Survivor
3. Where The Rain Grows
4. Why?
5. Mr. Ego (Take Me Down)
6. Perfect Gentleman
7. The Game Is One
8. Secret Alibi
9. Take Me Home
10. In The Middle Of A Heartbeat
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Can't Fight Your Desire
2. Star Invasion
3. Cold Sweat
4. Silicon Dreams
5. Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001
6. I Stole Your Love
7. Closer To Home

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars German Masters 17 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
This cd showed what Helloween are all about. Power Metal with the finished touches to boot. Scretching, virtuoso guitars; thunderous pounding drums, galloping bass and banshee vocals, metal as it should be. Helloween should of had more of the plaudits for what they do/have done for Power Metal. If you like your metal hard and fast then this is a start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars epic! 31 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was the first album by Helloween i purchased after coming across some guitar covers of 'were the rain grows' on youtube i fell in love with the style of the band, unlike a lot of power metal bands that take the music seriously (FICHT FOR THE GLORY OF THE METAL BY THE SMASHING OF STEEL I KILL FOR ITS HONOUR! blaaah) this band has a bunch of epic and fun styles you can tell they had fun with music.
This is another one of those awesome deluxe remaster editions, your getting more for your money than just the original album, it comes with a second disc containing b side singles and some covers (KISS anyone?) it also comes in a snazzy little sleeve covering the cd case, i like those.
So with this your getting a fair few tracks to listen to when it arrives and an awesome addition to any growing cd collection and after enjoying this im deffinitly in the market for another couple of Helloween albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD 15 Dec 2012
By Evgenii
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This almost one of the best album from "Deris period" and I respect it. Booklet in this edition presented as interviews and songs lyrics by small font.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on Track 16 Dec 2006
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After unleashing a pair of albums (Keeper of the Seven Keys Parts I & II) that would set the power metal world on fire, Helloween served up two albums that can be described as bizarre (Pink Bubbles Go Ape) and confused (Chameleon) at best. In addition to these lackluster albums, much of the band's initial lineup had departed, which made 1994's Master of the Rings a "do or die" album.

This is the album Helloween should have released just after Keeper Part II. Master of the Rings is a tight, melodic power metal album that avoids the goofball humor of Pink Bubbles Go Ape ("Heavy Metal Hamsters," anyone?) as well as the watered down rock of Chameleon. Master of the Rings is a complete breath of fresh air, thanks in large part to new vocalist Andi Deris, whose tenure with melodic rockers Pink Cream 69 made him the ideal choice to replace Michael Kiske. Deris's powerful vocal delivery, plus his songwriting abilities made him a true asset to Helloween.

With standout songs like the anthemic "Sole Survivor" and "Mr. Ego" and the greatest hits caliber "Perfect Gentleman", Master of the Rings is a fantastic power metal album all the way through (OK, perhaps the obligatory instrumental introductory track doesn't add much), and one that should bring old school Helloween fans back to the fold.

Edition Notes: Sanctuary finally got around to remastering the Helloween catalog in 2006, and they certainly did it right. In addition to digitally remastered sound, the reissued version of Master of the Rings serves up an entire second disc that collects all of the Rings-era b-sides, including covers of Thin Lizzy, KISS, and Grand Funk Railroad, plus a crazy guitar extravaganza called "Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001." You also get expanded liner notes by Metal Hammer's Dave Ling, photos, etc. plus a nifty slipcase for the disc. This is what a remastered version of a great album is supposed to look and sound like. If you already own Master of the Rings, it's time to replace your old version!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut For Andi Deris/Uli Kusch Helloween-Era, and the Rejuvination of a Giant 14 Jun 2006
By Concerned One - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
R.I.P. Ingo Schwichtenberg, this album is a great tribute to continue the helloween legacy, and take it in a new direction to revitalize the German Giant.

After two semi-poorly recieved albums (Pink Bubbles Go Ape and Chameleon), this is the first album to start retreading back into the right direction for Helloween. Andi Deris was brought into the mix to add new soaring vocals and Uli Kusch to fill the large void at drums left after the tragic suicide of the founding drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. Both new members add fresh ideas and force to a band that had no direction at the time.

This 2006 edition is the same as the bonus edition put out by Castle Records in 1994 with the same 7 bonus tracks on a second cd, so if you have that version, this is not necessary to gain any new tracks. It is worth having if you want the take advantage of the new packaging (cool slipcover that matches the other re-masters and cool interview/biography linernotes). The 7 tunes are all cover songs, and were not available for many years(especially in 2001 when the re-mastered and released the single disc).

This album boast some of the most awsome "Anthemic" helloween songs that fans have come to know and love over the years. Perfect Gentleman, Where the Rain Goes, and Mr. Ego are all powerful, fist pumping, crowd chanting favorites (see High Live and the re-mastered better than raw) Plus the song "In the middle of a heartbeat" is a cool ballad of the fading hair metal days, with a Helloween twist.

So what this boils down to is buy this re-mastered version if you do not have the castle version, want a complete 2006 series, or do not already own a copy altogether. It is a must for any metal fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of the Rings! 31 July 2009
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I first got into Helloween, I would and listen to the albums Walls of Jericho and Keeper of the Seven Keys part I and II. I didn't really care for Chameleon, but I thought Pink Bubbles go Ape was pretty good, at least it was metal, unlike Chameleon. After listening to those I realized I had enough Helloween, but then one day I heard the track called "Where the Rain Grows" off the Master of the Rings albums. I suddenly became interested in the album. Then I listened to samples of the album that Amazon offers. I was amazed just by 30 second samples. So I bought this deluxe edition of the album. This has become my second favorite Helloween album, with Walls of Jericho at #1. The bonus disc is great. It has rare singles and other cool stuff. This is metal at its finest.

This is my rating of each track:
1. "Irritation" ****
2. "Sole Survivor" *****
3. "Where The Rain Grows" *****
4. "Why?" *****
5. "Mr. Ego (Take Me Down)" ****
6. "Perfect Gentleman" ****
7. "The Game Is On" ***
8. "Secret Alibi" ***
9. "Take Me Home" ***
10. "In The Middle Of A Heartbeat" **
11. "Still We Go" ****

Also recommended: Other Helloween albums, Gamma Ray, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Destruction, Running Wild, Omen, Saxon, Mercyful Fate, Fates Warning, Queensryche, Candlemass, Death, Trouble, UFO, and Watchtower.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a long over looked power metal masterpiece.(it wants what it wants and what it wants is metal) 12 Nov 2006
By Brandon Whitson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
hello fellow metallians. my name is brandon and i have been collecting power metal(classic metal,true metal,symphonic,epic,) or just to make a long sentence short, ive collected and worshiped real metal since i was old enough to turn the knobs on the stereo. it has allways captivated me and i could never get enough. i was super lucky to come across this cd in a used cd store in the middle of nowhere about 8 years ago. i can not say just how amazing this cd is. needless to say i have well over 1000 metal albums that i am extremely proud of and this is one of my favorites. andi deris really shines on this cd. the sound here is pure mellodic power metal. the songs where the rain grows and soul survivor are simply amazing and just explode with mellody. the lead riff is amazing and blends perfectly with overlapping lead mellody to make a sound that will captivate you. this album brings together the power of time of the oath and blends it with the mellody and precision musicianship of andi's former band pink cream 69. just listen to tracks like, the perfect gentelman andwhy, or mr ego. these songs sound so much like pc 69 its not even funny. this cd is loaded. there is not one song that sucks on here. from start to finish this album will put you in a metal trance and take you on an amazing journey through what is to me the best album andi deris has ever done with helloween. this cd is so catchy and full of hooks it would be very hard for any band to copy it. i truly respect helloween, and i absolutely love the walls of jhericho which is truly one of the first true power metal albums ever. and kai hansen is probably one of the biggest influences in power metal today, hell he is the god father of power metal. but any way do not over look this cd, it demands attention and reaches out for the hearts of power metal fans all over the world. also if you truly love power metal you should check out, silent force, freternia, pyramaze, star one, stormhammer, pretty maids, gamma ray, primal fear, iron savior, stormwitch, liege lord, rhapsody, sonata arctica, balance of power, axenstar, paragon,attacker,udo,grave digger, wolf, feinstein,warlock,priest(painkiller is simply amazing), eidolon, zonata, raw head rexx, into eternity, running wild, i could go on forever but now i must come to a close and just say that all you brothers and sisters in metal should really give this cd a try i promise you will not be dissapointed, this classic deserves a spot in every true metallians collection, your friend in metal, brandon whitson
3.0 out of 5 stars Helloween - Master Of The Rings 25 May 2014
By Gentlegiantprog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Helloween’s 1994 album Master Of The Rings found the legendary Power Metal band in somewhat of a transition phase.

After the hugely successful and influential Keeper Of The Seven Keys albums from 1987 & 1988, the band lost founding member Kai Hansen (who would form the excellent band Gamma Ray) and changed up their style on the experimental albums Pink Bubbles Go Ape and Chameleon from 1991 and 1994, which many fans rejected. It cost the band a lot of momentum and many fans lost interest. Then singer Michael Kiske and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg left the band, replaced on this record by Gamma Ray’s Uli Kusch and unexpectedly Andi Deris from Pink Cream 69, who at first glance wouldn’t seem like a perfect fit.

The new line-up revitalized the band and helped them regain momentum. The sound of the album itself however is a bit of a mixture between what the band were just before the line-up change, and what they would become when they found their feet.

The tracks “Sole Survivor,” “Where The Rain Grows,” and “Still We Go” show highlights of what was to come on the band’s next few albums, and the re-establishment of their speedy Melodic Power Metal style.

The tracks “Secret Alibi,” “The Game Is On,” “Perfect Gentleman” and “Take Me Home” are a bit more eclectic and varied, a little silly in parts, with an emphasis on sickly sweet melody and humorous asides… sitting half-way between the Power Metal style and Hard Rock. There’s plenty of space in the music, plenty of charismatic drum fills and pleasant guitar leads, the real feature however is Andi Deris’ vocals which take the spot light. These are enjoyable and fun tracks, and give the album a unique feel, but some fans can find them a bit too outside of their Power Metal comfort zone.

The rest of the record falls into a sort of mid-tempo, Hard Rock world. That would be the tracks “Why?” and the seven-minute “Mr. Ego,” along with the power ballad “In The Middle Of A Heartbeat.” These tracks are solid, however if you were being harsh, they could potentially be described as filler or at least a bit forgettable.

The album is viewed by many as a step in the right direction. It sees the band still finding their sound. The musicianship and production are high quality, and the energy is there, but some songs are overlong for how many ideas they have, and the ratio of Hard Rock to Speed Metal influences hasn’t just clicked over to what most fans want yet. With their next album, Time Of The Oath, Helloween would really nail it and firmly regain their footing.

Overall; Master Of The Rings is a decent album, solid and worth listening to, but not a massive career highlight or a good starting point for new fans. The band had released better albums before this in the 80s and would release better albums directly after it. Master Of The Rings is an entertaining step along the way. It has got a few drawbacks (the aforementioned length to ideas ratio, and Metal to Rock ratio, as well as some pretty cringe-worthy lyrics) but its got a lot of positives going for it too.
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