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The Dark Ride

The Dark Ride

30 Oct 2000
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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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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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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“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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