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Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Rip Off!!
on 1 February 2007
Helloween were once the most important Power Metal band in the world. This album shows how far they have fallen!
Ignoring the fact that they took the heart (Kai Hansen) and Voice (Michael Kiske) out of the band years ago, Helloween have still managed to make some good albums since.
This is not one of them!
This is a shameless attempt to link back to the glory days. The fact that all the best songs on the first two Keepers were written by Hansen, and the best of the rest were by Kiske, mean that this album should never have been linked to those classics of the genre.
By itself, this would not be a 2 star album. Although there are no great highlights, normally I'd give it a passable 3 star rating. But the cynical way that the title has been used to lure back old Helloween fans, and the disappointment thus created for us fans looking back with a touch of nostalgia, lower its rating.
All in all, if you like the Andi Deris inspired Helloween you will probably like this album. But if you buy this thinking that you are going to be transported back to Helloween in their prime, you will be disappointed!