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You can keep the keys
on 1 December 2007
Listening to the portentous opening, complete with harmony vocals (one of the strongest qualities on this album), I thought I was in for a treat listening to 'Keeper of the Seven Keys.' But if you're going to attempt a fantasy concept album, you'd better make sure it's imaginative. This certainly isn't. After the introduction the band launch into a fast, but unremarkable song, which is typical of the album as a whole. Helloween then try an experimental track, 'A Little Time,' but to little effect as the FX come and go too quickly to make any sense. 'Tale' shows what they're really capable of. Though it sounds like a so-called power ballad, the guitars are crystal clear and the lead vocalist stays within his range. Unfortunately, when he attempts a higher register, which is often, he struggles and sounds squeaky. The most embarrassing element of this album, however, is the lyrics. 'Futureworld' is cringe-making ('Cause we all live in Futureworld/A land that's full of love'). Maybe working in a foreign language is the problem. As for 'Halloween,' the epic climax, it wouldn't frighten a kindergarten - 'Darkness/Is there anybody out there?...Am I in heaven or am I in hell?' - how original.
'Keeper of the Seven Keys' (ominously titled 'Part 1') is superbly produced and reveals a band with great ability, apart from the lead vocalist, but this is little more than a concession to the fashion (of 1987) for fast rock for the sake of it and is short on inspiration or stimulation.