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Keeper of the Seven Keys [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000ETSF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Cd excellent - case had a big Scratch which was disappointing but the cd is fine - I have this on vinyl so was just recollecting on cd - the album is excellent as it was back in the 80's
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Also bought to replace a vinyl copy
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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.
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Format: Audio CD
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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Still amazing after all these years .
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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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Format: Vinyl
If you like awesome german power metal this album is for you, its power/thrash metal in the vein of gamma ray, from the opening track "I'm alive" you know what to expect. Fast power chords pound at you while a vocalist with the talent of joey tempest (europe) sings with aggression and emotion. Theres a beautifull ballad on here to, "a tale that wasnt right" tells the tale of a romance coming to an end, and "future worlds" is an awesome sci fi tale of whats to come. Anyone who likes thier metal fast and powerfull yet polished and pure would love helloween.
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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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