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The Dark Ride [Limited Edition, Special Edition]

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 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Special Edition
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B00G9R6GVK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beyond the Portal
2. Mr. Torture
3. All Over the Nations
4. Escalation 666
5. Mirror Mirror
6. If I Could Fly
7. Salvation
8. The Departed (Sun Is Going Down)
9. I Live for Your Pain
10. We Damn the Night
11. Immortal
12. The Dark Ride
13. The Madness of the Crowds
14. Deliver Us from Temptation
15. If I Could Fly

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pumpkins Fly Free! 13 Nov 2000
Format:Audio CD
Well, it's only been two and a half years since Better than Raw struck us square between the eyes with Helloween's unique sound of speed metal! Instantly accessible and recognisable as Helloween. the Album kicks off with the customary mini-track and breaks into the quirky and humourous Mr Torture - typical helloween lyrics with a chorus that sticks in your head and musical structure that only the German metal meisters are capable of. The album continues in a fashion very similar to Keeper pt2 with the "we got the right" sounding All over the Nation followed by.... the grinding Escalation666 and grim fairytale Mirror, Mirror. But Helloween aren't finished with your ears there! The album takes you on a musical roller-coaster and takes your breathe away with the fantastic If I could fly - a definite single. While I don't want to go on repeating myself, each track has its own quirky nature that only the boys can produce and finishes with the triumphant and ungodly Dark Ride. Helloweens darkest album yet with probably the best production and technique heard for a while from these guys. All 'weeny fans rejoice! It's pumpkin season again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to "Better than raw" 15 Jan 2002
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After the stunning "Better than raw" album, I was looking forward to this one with a fair amount of anticipation. The press buildup (and, of course, the title) had lead me to expect a dark, moody album, and I was somewhat disappointed at first. The album begins with two almost unbearably happy sounding tracks, "Mr Torture" and "All over the nations". The next couple of tracks are OK, but nothing great, and it isn't until "If I could fly" that the album starts to get into full swing. From there on in, it's a great album, and fulfills much of the promise shown by the previous album, with "We damn the night" and the aforementioned "If I could fly" particularly standing out. The real gem, though, is "The departed (sun is going down)", which if pushed, I would have to say is the best track Helloween have ever recorded. It's head and shoulders about the rest. A strong album, but the comparatively weak opening tracks prevent it from getting a 5 star rating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars End of an era 3 Feb 2014
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“The Dark Ride” was the first (and so far, the last) Helloween album that was produced by Roy Z, whose other production credits include Bruce Dickinson and Halford. Perhaps as a result of this rather unexpected choice for a producer, the album was quite a departure from the power metal veterans’ trademark style, with a noticeably “modern” feel. In many of the songs, the guitars are heavily down-tuned, and vocalist Andi Deris sings in a rather rough, raspy voice. With song titles such as “Mr. Torture”, “Escalation 666” and even “I Live For Your Pain”, you aren’t too off the mark in saying that this isn’t a very happy album. There are a couple of tunes with a more traditional Helloween sound, but the overall feeling is very dark and sinister.

Not everyone was happy with the direction the band was heading for, with guitarist and founding member Michael Weikath voicing his dissatisfaction afterwards. As a consequence, “The Dark Ride” marked the end of Helloween’s longest-serving line-up until then, with guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch exiting the band the following year. However, this wasn’t the last time the pumpkin metallers would use such sounds and themes, as they were heavily present on “7 Sinners” and, to a lesser extent, on “Gambling With The Devil”.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm monumental 22 Aug 2013
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Absolutelly Outstanding! - I think, this describes the whole album perfectly: great sound, great technique, fabulous melodies. As Mr Grapow said for Metal Shock Finland, "it's [The Dark Ride album] one of my favourite albums, it changed my life totally".

The album is very typical for Helloween up to that time: it is very original in many ways, songs make you sing, and the album overall is different to the former albums. The production is of a very high quality - simply the sound is incomparably better than those in the past.

My top 5 tracks from the album are Mr Torture, Salvation, I Live for Your Pain (great solo), Immortal, and, of course, The Dark Ride. Mr Torture is a usuall opening song: full of energy... power! All Over the Nations is a "sing with me" song. The tracks Escallation 666 and Mirror, Mirror are little bit "darker", so it depends on your taste. The next one, If I Could Fly, is a quite simple piece with nice solo, a song that is good for impovising if you play any instrument. Salvation, the 7th track, can be characterised as melodical with a story-telling solo, some kind of Helloween trait. The Departed is a monotonic song, nevertheless, I liked it because of the Grosskopf's bassguitar sound, especially at the solo's end. I Live for Your Pain is the 9th track, and I like singing it while driving :). This song has an excellent solo consisting of 2 parts with electrifying drums in the second part (this is, in my opinion the best solo the album gives). We Damn the Night is again a good song to sing while driving :), really! The 11th song, Immortal, is very melodical and not so fast. It is a very impressive song makeing you dreaming about superhuman issues. Finally the last one, The Dark Ride, is a quintessence of the whole album's scenery.
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