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on 2 September 2010
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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on 19 April 2015
After Kai Hansen, Helloween found a new singer (Michael Kiske) and the band reached a much higher level. The result is this great album with energy, melody and a good old school sound. "Future world", "Twilight of the gods", "I'm alive"... Only good tunes on this highly recomandable record
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on 6 March 2014
If you like your Iron Maiden you will love this.
Partly because of bands like Europe with "the final countdown" a huge swathe of metal bands from European countries came across to the UK market to make their presence known and Helloween are amongst one of the best power bands ever.
Strongly recommend this album
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on 26 April 2016
I can sum up this band in three words; German Iron Maiden. That's who they remind of of at least. The album is highly enjoyable, and I would recommend it
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on 13 June 2012
Great cd, not so much big fan of power metal but this cd and the second follow is heavy and it is good.
That cd made me to listen and buy Part II, and check all Helloween albums and defeniently buy them even if there not success ones.
I must admit that perhaps Helloween is the only power metal band i'm listening to.
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on 16 May 2016
received with thanks.
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on 27 February 2014
first saw this band at the monsters of rock castle donington .england.they played alot off this album and were outstanding as the opening act .kiske is brilliant on vocals.an anthemic catchy thrashy monster buy it nige
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on 22 March 2018
the product is in excellent condition but is not sealed
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on 30 January 2004
By combining influences such as Iron Maiden, Queen, Rainbow and Queensryche together with fast double bass drumming, higher pitched-melodic vocals, fabulous twin-guitar solos and catchy riffs, Helloween achieved to lay the foundations for European power metal, as it is known today.

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. It's strongest points are the truly emotional vocals and the wonderfully played guitar solo.

"Twilight Of The Gods" continues in the same vain as I'm Alive but is more epic, contains better vocals and a chorus that you'll never forget.

The heavy metal anthem and most famous track "Future World" follows next. It is performed in mid-tempo, includes one of the best twin-guitar solos of the album, funny lyrics and vocals that vary from low range to really high-pitched.

Next comes the true masterpiece of the album "Halloween"; an operatic, fast, progressive, melodic power metal hymn raving over 13 minutes (which never gets long nor tiresome). Halloween is probably one of the best metal epics ever. It contains an eerie chorus, tempo changes, varying vocals, choirs and hundreds of guitar riffs, leads and solos.

All of these songs are still considered classics and are also some of the best power metal songs ever written.

But besides the captivating music a new charismatic vocalist, "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 power, 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)

Even if you are not a metal fan, this album will please you or even blow you away with the mythical and uplifting atmosphere it creates and the technically proficient orchestration it achieves. (Definitely check out Keeper Of The Seven Keys part II!!)

Will be loved by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Queensryche, Rainbow...fans.
Just listen...you'll be amazed!
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on 16 February 2018
Perfect album and fast delivery. I think is the best of the band.
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