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First of a 2 part concept album that re-defined euro-metal.
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!.