Keeper Of The Seven Keys (Deluxe Edition) Double CD
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The ultimate Power Metal albums might seem like a grandiose statement to make today but it goes without saying that both Keepers albums are massively influential throughout the heavy metal world and remain among the greatest albums of their era. Listening to them from a distance of more than 20 years, they can still inspire and many bands of the genre cite these two albums as highly influential upon their own careers. Taking about four weeks to record Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I, the young Helloween band members knew they'd come up with something different and enticing. This wasn't another German thrash record, but several steps up for the band who with these albums, defined a genre and changed the landscape of heavy metal music forever. Predominantly written by lead guitarist Kai Hansen, Keepers Part I is driven along with relentless ferocity by the soaring vocals of Michael Kiske, fellow guitarist Michael Weikath, bassist Markus Grosskopf and now deceased drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. With such stand-out tracks as, "I’m Alive", the epic "Halloween" and the single release "Future World", the entire album is a tour de force of epic proportions and has become a high water mark in the pantheon of power metal.
The following year Helloween released Part II in their Keepers legacy, however, contrary to much fan speculation, neither albums share any related concept regardless of their title match. Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II was this time predominantly written by guitarist Michael Weikath and was a conscious decision amongst the band members before the recording began, although as with Part I, a number of tracks are co-written among various members.
Whilst Helloween fans seemed fairly divided as to which Keepers album they prefer, there’s no doubting that their grandiose style of dual harmony guitar excursions, furious drum patterns and soaring vocal gymnastics is again in prominence on this second set. The likes of the single "Dr. Stein" and the controversial "I Want Out" (written by Kai Hansen but not strictly related to his departure from the band following the world tour for the album), show a band reaching their critical and commercial peak and it’s no wonder that Helloween perform tracks from both Keepers albums even to this day.
Top Customer Reviews
the two long tracks,the best ever,im nearly seventy,but a fan to the end may they rock me forever
It's certainly the way they should have always been since they are both essentially albums which have from the same mold, and they look really good together too in this set despite the loss of the artwork from the second Helloween release; which as far as my knowledge goes isn't showcased, makes this deluxe then a definite worthwhile pick up. It's a reasonably priced, reasonable deluxe item and and a certainly above reasonable double album. And although this is absolutely essential for new fans and introductions to the power metal genre, fans which are maybe already accustomed to the music of Helloween may decide to give this a miss if they already have the two albums. Becouse: there are virtually no extras on here that can't be found elsewhere. Good package but not amazing.
The albums themselves are utterly essential releases for any Metal fan that are both historically important as well as brilliant on their own merit. The style covers ground suited for fans of Classic Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal and of course Power Metal, for which these albums have been incredibly influential. If you are a massive Thrash fan then album one will get your pulse racing and if you are really into Power Metal album two will do it for you even more. Together and separately they are the kind of albums you will always find in Top-100 style lists of best-ever-metal-albums.
The bombastic music is absolutely filled with impressive virtuoso shredding and also melodic guitar solos, as well as sing-along choruses and joyous happy-sounding passages. Each member is incredibly talented and luckily everything gels together perfectly so that the albums come across as even greater than the sum of their parts.
The high-pitched vocalist Michael Kiske was reportedly hired because the band wanted someone who sounded like Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Geoff Tate from Queensrÿche and often gets compared with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and Ronnie James Dio, so if you generally enjoy that sort of powerful melodic Traditional Heavy Metal style then these albums will be perfectly suited to your tastes.Read more ›
well you all probably have these masterpieces called The Keepers 1&2, both on separated editions, but now thanks to Universal and Sanctuary records they brought them together both editons in one!=)
What you got on this one is and extended interview with Kai and some parts Kiske, during the process of the album back in those times, how they changed the way of music throught Europe, plus very, very nice pictures.About the albums they both have bonus tracks and are remastered, nowdays I still have fun with them;)
In short words as a fan there is no argue to get it, your library collection is going to thank for it, and if you are a beginner and have between 12 and 15 years old, this album is going to definetely going to change your world, I wished back in my times I could have both editions in this especial price!
have a nice day and UP THE PUMPKINS!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When Halloween got Michael Kiske , little did they know just how good he was. Love these cd's.Published 16 months ago by chiron
I bought this cd for a present for my husband and he loved it. I Would recommend buying this cd if you are a fan.Published on 1 April 2013 by Ms. R. Hall
I made a great buy, great album! high quality,I loved the bonus songs I recommend everyone who enjoys heavy metal 80 years.Published on 29 July 2011 by kennedy