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Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys: The Legacy - 2005 - SPV

Track Listing
1. The King For A 1000 Years
2. The Invisible Man
3. Born On Judgment Day
4. Pleasure Drone
5. Mrs. God
6. Silent Rain
7. Occasion Avenue
8. Light The Universe
9. Do You Know What You're Fighting For?
10. Come Alive
11. Shade In The Shadow
12. Get It Up
13. My Life For One More Day
14. Mrs. God (Video)
Before you even listen to this album you have to know that a mistake has been made. Calling this double album "Keeper Of The Seven Keys: The Legacy" is like Megadeth putting out a new album called Rust In Peace Revisited. It's just setting the new album up to be compared to what's regarded as their masterworks. Just a pointless move in my opinion and it's not going to do this album any favors.

All that being said... this album should please fans of the Deris era. I doubt it's gonna bring back any of the old fans who dislike Deris but as long as you don't compare this too much to the other Seven keys albums then there's plenty of good material. For starters, let me set many minds at ease and say that the song "Mrs. God" is not indicative of the sound of this release. It's the one real commercial track attempt here and is definetely the worst song in this collection.

The rest of the material here is very comparable to the various Deris albums on a song by song basis. I'd say the most similar album is probably "Better Than Raw" but other albums pop to mind on various tracks. My favorite here is easily the 11 minute epic "Occasion Avenue" which is pure "Dark Ride". The riffing here is fantastic and fucking heavy. The vocals are also a hell of a performance and the backing vocals are pure evil. Love it, Love it, Love it. I have a new favorite Helloween song. The other epic doesn't fair quite as well. "The King For 1000 Years" actually has quite a good sound but it's just stretched out too far. If it were trimmed down from nearly 14 minutes then I'd like it more. Good feel but it just doesn't have 14 minutes worth of ideas.

Really I have few complaints here. The whole idea behind making it a Keepers album and 2 cds is kind of dumb, but the songs are good so I don't care in the end. Certainly worth checking out for fans of the Deris era of Helloween. This will end up being my 2nd favorite from the band overall. "Dark Ride" is still the best from the band in my eyes, but this comes pretty close.

Highlights: Occasion Avenue, Born On Judgement Day, Silent Rain, Pleasure Drone

Rating 4.0/5.0



--Stygian Steel 10.09.05
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: HELLOWEEN
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TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Better Than Raw (Expanded Edition)Helloween
2006
Eric Compton7/3/2006
Chameleon (Expanded Edition)Helloween
2006
Eric Compton7/3/2006
Gambling with the DevilHelloween
2007
Frank Hill10/19/2007
Keeper Of The Seven Keys: The LegacyHelloween
2005
Stygian Steel10/14/2005
Keeper of the Seven Keys--Part 1Helloween
1987
Frank Hill10/30/2003
Master Of The Rings (Expanded Edition)Helloween
2006
Eric Compton7/3/2006
Mrs. GodHelloween
2005
Eric Compton8/18/2005
Pink Bubbles Go Ape (Expanded Edition)Helloween
2006
Eric Compton7/3/2006
Rabbit Don't Come EasyHelloween
2003
Eric Compton4/10/2003
The Time Of The Oath (Expanded)Helloween
2006
Eric Compton6/9/2006
Walls Of Jericho (Expanded)Helloween
2006
Eric Compton6/9/2006


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