Helloween diverge further from their speed metal roots, although several songs are fast paced, with this diverse collection of songs. This sees the band pushing the leading edge of the so-called power metal movement (heavy metal with melody) with bits of prog-metal and symphonic rock thrown in for good measure.
As with 'Keepers .. part II', many of the lyrics are upbeat. The tongue in-cheek 'Heavy Metal Hamsters' opens with the riff from Deep Purple's 'Rat Bat Blues'. Recommended.
Highlights: 'Kids Of The Century' power metal on speed, the excellent mid-paced 'Number One' with its catchy melodic chorus and the first appearance of the band's trademark vocal/guitar harmony hook, the epic 'Mankind', the face-paced 'The Chance', the power ballad 'Your Turn'