1996′s Time Of The Oath is the seventh full-length studio album by the German Power Metal band Helloween. It was the second studio album with singer Andi Derris and drummer Uli Kush, and was dedicated to the memory of ex-Helloween drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg who passed away before the album’s release.
The cover artwork evokes the previous Helloween albums Keeper Of The Seven Keys and Master Of The Rings; which isn’t a bad way to think about the content within.
After the band’s classic and genre-defining Keeper Of The Seven Keys 1&2 albums, the band changed directions with Pink Bubbles Go Ape and Chameleon. Master Of The Rings saw the band stepping back a little to the direction the fans wanted while also trying new ideas as well and with Time Of The Oath, the band mix the best of the old and new styles and really nail down one of their best directions, performances and albums overall.
The album is absolutely chocked full of quality songs, some of the best in the band’s career.
There are some brilliant ragers like “We Burn” “Steel Tormentor” “Before The War” and the concert favourite “Power.” There’s the two great multi-part numbers “Mission Motherland” and the Title Track. Then of course there’s the bouncy and incredibly fun, (if a little silly) “Anything My Momma Don’t Like.”
The album may seem a little overlong at first, and some fans may be put-off by the ballads, but the overall quality of songwriting and energy of the band's performance should win over most people easily. If you like guitar solos, melodic vocals and speedy drums, then this album is really worth checking out. It may take a while to get used to, especially if you haven’t heard Derris-Helloween before, but it really rewards perseverance. No Power Metal fan should be without it.
Overall; Time Of The Oath is one of the best Helloween albums to date. It contains a good mixture of the band’s Thrashier, Slower and More Melodic material all in one package. It’s a real grower and gets better with each repeat listen. About these ads
The above cd provides the listener with a veritable plethra of metal music ; it soon distorts ones ear and digs into the cognitive processes ; after merely one listen I no longer feel normal infact the resultant effect can only be described as being ' metalized'.I would only commend it to those of a sturdy constitution. Maximus Metalicus.PS the track entitled Steel Tormentor is a glorious immense ,immense hyper metal barn-stormer and on its own is worth the purchase price .
this is an excellent package of happy-mood upbeat-attitude rock ; makes you happy to be alive and well; inducing a sense of euphoria ; first disc is 60 mins ; second disc is 30 mins ; after playing both, disc two is happily replaying effortlessly..........
yup,blinding,that word kinda sums this album up,once you hear the weird sounds of the first track 'we burn' you might not expect the sudden rush of guitars and drums!then you get on the verse,which is ok,then to the fantastic melodic bridge,and the merciful chorus,this has to be one of the best openings to an album in the world!! sounding very much like iron maiden,this album sores through,it hasn't got a bad moment on it,it has two ballads 'if i knew' and 'forever and one',both becoming heavier later on, there are speed metal songs on it 'before the war'-somehow being speed metal and melodic trad. metal,which is a great mix!you have a typical helloween micky take rock song-'anything my mama dont like' although still good!,you have very maiden sounding tracks 'kings will be kings' and 'steel tormenter'-about a car race with the very provocative line 'you will never suck my steel bride' ha ha! very weenie hummor,and you have the dark title track,although a slower pace,still makes it as one of the best tracks off the album.Of the remaining tracks you have 'wake up the mountain'- a live favorite mixing prog rock and metal,then you have 'a million to one' and 'power' two very strong metal tracks with some amazing guitar work and duel harmonies,and the 9mins+ epic 'mission motherland' a cry out from aliens trying to make peace with the world,which include a very thoughtful lyric 'wake us when you have healed the world/save our souls..' with andi's vocals getting better on every track,and the song writing becoming more and more gracful,yet maintaining a trad/speed metal affect,this album has to be the best helloween album,and along with 'keeper..1+2' it shows you what helloween are made of,a spectaular album,and a must have for any metal fan
Helloween once more show their brilliance pushing power metal to new heights. The cover indicates a link with the 'Master of The Rings' concept (itself continuing the 'Keeper of The Keys' concept) and a link with Nostrodamus's end of the world predictions around 2000a.d. Don't think this is all power metal, the speed metal roots show through on songs like 'We Burn', 'Steel Tormentor', 'Power' and 'Before The War' (with its Star Trek - TOS intro). Recommended. Highlights include the excellent anthemic 'Wake Up The Mountain' and 'A Million To One' (with a brilliant instrumental break); the power metal anthem on speed 'Power'; the superb 'Forever and One (Neverland)' - one of the best anthemic power ballads ever written; The 9min epic 'Mission Motherland' with its low-end metal riffing; the emotional power ballad 'If I Knew'; The title track - generally mid-paced (speeding up in the middle instrumental break) with more low-end riffing and choral and keyboard accompanyment lending it a symphonic metal sound.
Well, i've discovered helloween with that album and it impressed me so much that i bought the others. Helloween is just that kind of band which has invented a kind of music and who can stay a step beyond those which copy it, just because they're progressist. This album isn't speed metal, sometimes in fact, but it's a melting pot of differents styles: prog in "mission motherland", rock in "anything my mama", soft in the two magnifics slows...The new singer and drummer are awesome, groovy and powerful, the catching melodies are numerous and can't go out of your head...Well, IMO, thet stay first in speed metal world with blind guardian and gamma ray.