Helloween
The Time of the Oath


1.5
very poor

Review

by Venpts16 USER (27 Reviews)
March 18th, 2012 | 30 replies | 4,850 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Helloween forgets what made their previous albums great.

6 of 8 thought this review was well written

The power metal titans, riding off the heels of their best album yet, were beginning to earn back fans across the world; many of which were pleased with the return to the Power Metal sound that they created, and were looking forward to an even stronger follow-up to Master of the Rings. However, not all was praise, as the album was stated to be a concept album about Nostradamus’s prophecies. Helloween’s usually questionable lyrics (“So I’ll take my life back from where the rain grows…”) would now be focusing on a perplexing and unnecessary topic, and worries rose for good reason. The overrated effort called The Time of the Oath is, musically, a stunningly forgettable retread of their previous Power Metal releases with little of the elements that made that album great.

Once “We Burn” begins, it is clear that this album will not be to the same level as their previous work. The fast tempo and decent vocals are marred by poor songwriting and a lack of any hooks that would make the song worth listening to; something which appears often throughout the total 61 minutes. Unfortunately, 8 more similarly sounding songs will also join it by being effortless and boring compositions; with many standing alongside the band’s worst songs. The three worst tracks of the album, if not the worst songs Helloween has made, are “Anything My Mama Don’t Like,” for its annoying and ridiculously happy (even for Power Metal) chorus, along with the two epics “Mission Motherland” and “The Time of the Oath” for plodding on for 9 and 7 minutes respectively. The overall 61 minute run-time makes the album extremely difficult to listen to in one sitting; and the massive amount of boring tracks (as previously stated) makes it only worse. The production does nothing to gloss over these elements; as the rougher sound only makes the 12 tracks harder to distinguish from one another. The concept is pointless; being unknown to the listener unless it was explicitly described to them by another source. After all, an album with songs titled “Steel Tormentor,” “Before the War,” and “Anything My Mama Don’t Like” would sound closer to being about Painkiller-like characters, wars that Sabaton already write about, or teenage rebellion that many bands have already covered.

Despite the massive amount of flaws, there are a few positive elements in this album. “Power” has a fantastic chorus that shows Andi Deris’s great vocals; which also shine through on both the beautiful “Forever and One” and the aggressive “Before the War;” easily the three best moments on The Time of the Oath. The riffing and soloing is as good as it gets on the album for those songs, and the rhythm instrumentalists craft effective backgrounds for the trio of works. Unfortunately, after these songs, the album descends back into mediocrity for all members; with no more standouts, or even anything marginally worth listening to, for the rest of the album.

As Deris “slowly [says] goodbye” on the self-titled song on the album; it is clear that it is not a worthwhile listen. Despite a few standouts, the album’s self-plagiarism and boring songwriting, unnecessary concept, and ridiculously long run-time makes the album an extremely boring listen. You are better off with almost every other of the band’s Power Metal releases; with only Pink Bubbles Go Ape, Rabbit Don’t Come Easy, and Chameleon coming close to the quality of this album.

What you should listen to:

Power
Forever and One (Neverland)
Before the War

What you should not listen to:

Everything else



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Venpts16
March 18th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

First attempt with a negative review.

lostforwords
March 18th 2012



443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh I sooooo disagree, but I won't neg.

You back up your ideas nicely, and even though in every negative aspect you find I see a positive, I admit that your review is very well written

TheNotrap
March 18th 2012



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Agreed, this is an average release, nevertheless your overall rate is too low in my opinion.

Their best work with Andi is yet to come.

lostforwords
March 18th 2012



443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^ If you mean the Dark Ride then I agree

Venpts16
March 18th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I can understand why you would disagree; this album seems to be one of the more well-received ones, if not the most well-received, from the 90s. The band has made their music a bit heavier with a darker production, and trying something new is something Helloween has always been doing. Thank you for your comments.

Venpts16
March 18th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The Dark Ride is almost as good as 7 Sinners in my opinion, but it is easily better than anything else the band has made otherwise.

TheNotrap
March 18th 2012



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I mean Better Than Raw and specially The Dark Ride, their best album since Keeper II IMO.

lostforwords
March 18th 2012



443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not just a matter of reception, I like nearly every chorus (even Anything my Mama is a guilty pleasure to me), nearly every riff, I really enjoy the somewhat darker atmosphere and to be completely honest, Mission Motherland and Time of the Oath are two of my favorites in here. So it's probably just a matter of opinion and difference in musical taste

lostforwords
March 18th 2012



443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The Dark Ride, their best album since Keeper II IMO."

That


Venpts16
March 18th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The differences in musical tastes makes sense; I'm one for more melodic forms of Metal and Hard Rock, while you may be for darker sub-genres.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2012



5921 Comments


Dark Ride is the only Helloween worth listening too, apart from Kai Hansen era and the two Keeper records.

Digging: Essence Beyond - Carnivalism

MarvinLapsus
March 18th 2012



128 Comments


The last song here is not so bad, but the rest is mediocre. But hey, at least it's better than the nonsensical albums of latter Helloween.

MarvinLapsus
March 18th 2012



128 Comments


Oh, I forgot about better than raw.

LepreCon
March 18th 2012



3594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

An interesting read and well-written review though I completely disagree, it was their best album since Keepers Part 2 in my opinion.
Still doesn't compare to the first two Keepers albums, which are the quintessential Power Metal albums in my eyes

Dreamflight
March 18th 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yea, this ain't that bad, but again I'm the guy who thinks Chamelon is one of Helloween's most pleasant albums. :D

Nice read anyway.

Poet
March 18th 2012



5920 Comments


"Dark Ride is the only Helloween worth listening too, apart from Kai Hansen era and the two Keeper records."

Kai Hansen is so overrated

MarvinLapsus
March 18th 2012



128 Comments


There's a band named Gamma Ray to prove it.

wheremycountrylies
March 18th 2012



227 Comments


gamma ray ruled

and kai hansen ruled at guitar

MarvinLapsus
March 18th 2012



128 Comments


Well, I have to say that some songs were ok, but most bored me to hell. And Helloween EP was a masterpiece.

wheremycountrylies
March 18th 2012



227 Comments


fuck you



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