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on 1 March 2006
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. 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 more intense 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.

All of these songs are still considered classics and are also some of the best power metal songs ever written.

Bonus Tracks: "Victim Of Fate" and "Starlight" are two truly amazing renditions of older songs, originally from the Helloween EP, with Michael Kiske on vocals.

Even if you are not a metal fan, this album will please you or even blow you away with the mythical and uplifting atmosphere it creates and the technically proficient orchestration it achieves.

Will be loved by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Queensryche, Rainbow...fans. Just listen...you'll be amazed!

(Definitely check out Keeper Of The Seven Keys pt II!!)
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on 19 October 2004
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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on 6 March 2014
If you like your Iron Maiden you will love this.
Partly because of bands like Europe with "the final countdown" a huge swathe of metal bands from European countries came across to the UK market to make their presence known and Helloween are amongst one of the best power bands ever.
Strongly recommend this album
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on 2 September 2010
The only 2 Helloween albums worth owning (sorry guys), apart from the not bad Walls of Jericho, are the 2 Keeper albums. Basically a blue print for all power metal from that point on and just stunningly over the top, they shine as beacons in the metal wonderland of the 1980s. The first of the now trilogy, or guadrilogy etc is the best, but only by a power chord or 2.

'Initiation' sets the scene with faux trumpets and fanfare, evoking memories of 80s fantasy films like Krull and Hawk the Slayer. It's pure cheese but that's why it's so good. Then 'I'm Alive' screams in and tears through its 3 and a half minutes breathlessly. 'A Little Time' is slower but heavy and full of melody. 'Twilight of the Gods' is a monster of a track, heavy, tuneful, intricate and epic all at the same time - a true classic. ' A Tale that Wasn't Right' is a ballad but one that's rousing and placed perfectly after the war of the previous track, as it laments before the thunder of 'Futureworld'. Another stone cold classic and one that will be remembered as other greats such as Metallica's Master of Puppets. It's silly, but then so is the whole album. It ends superbly with the untouchable 'Halloween', as with 'Futureworld' it is set in stone as classic and simply must be heard to be believed. The riff after the opening is one of the all time greats.

Basically an album with 6 tracks and 2 bookend instrumentals but it completely blows you away. Up there languishing with the likes of Number of the Beast in the metal Hall of Fame.
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on 13 June 2012
Great cd, not so much big fan of power metal but this cd and the second follow is heavy and it is good.
That cd made me to listen and buy Part II, and check all Helloween albums and defeniently buy them even if there not success ones.
I must admit that perhaps Helloween is the only power metal band i'm listening to.
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on 27 February 2014
first saw this band at the monsters of rock castle donington .england.they played alot off this album and were outstanding as the opening act .kiske is brilliant on vocals.an anthemic catchy thrashy monster buy it nige
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on 19 April 2015
After Kai Hansen, Helloween found a new singer (Michael Kiske) and the band reached a much higher level. The result is this great album with energy, melody and a good old school sound. "Future world", "Twilight of the gods", "I'm alive"... Only good tunes on this highly recomandable record
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on 1 September 2001
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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on 30 January 2004
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.

All of these songs are still considered classics and are also some of the best power metal songs ever written.

But besides the captivating music a new charismatic vocalist, "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 power, 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)

Even if you are not a metal fan, this album will please you or even blow you away with the mythical and uplifting atmosphere it creates and the technically proficient orchestration it achieves. (Definitely check out Keeper Of The Seven Keys part II!!)

Will be loved by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Queensryche, Rainbow...fans.
Just listen...you'll be amazed!
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on 18 September 2000
First part of an ambitious two part concept album and a great musical improvement over the band's former thrash metal output.
Mixing speed (and slower!) metal with singing rather than screaming or grunting (Michael Kiske's high pitched vocals may be irritating to some!), nordic influenced melodies, tuneful guitar solos (often semi-classically influenced)and prog rock with Maiden influences, the band invented a distinctive style that launched a legion of mainly European copycats.
The CD includes an unlisted "Judas" probably 'cos the original album was so short!.
The opening pomp rock instrumental 'Initiation' sets the scene, followed by the high speed "I'm Alive" with a catchy verse and the band's trademark tuneful guitar soloing. "A Little Time" bounces along with melodically sung vocals and another catchy verse. 'Twilight Of The Gods' is high paced with high speed pace changes, melodies and a catchy verse.
'A Tale That Wasnt Right' is a powerful semi-acoustic power ballad to horrify their original thrash metal fans and showcase's Kiske's vocals perfectly.
The highlights are undoubtably the 2 tracks that introduce the off-beat quirky style that would characterise 'Keeper part 2'. The high speed and catchy 'Future World' and the epic 13 min+ 'Halloween' which covers pomp-rock, prog rock, high speed metal, catchy verses and instrumental prowness!.
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