Helloween
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
September 7th, 2006 | 27 replies | 17,241 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


With their sophomore effort, Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt 1, German metal band Helloween helped set the foundation for the European power metal scene. Excellent tracks such as I'm Alive, Twilight of the Gods, and most importantly, Halloween showcased some of the genre's most important elements such as powerful, melodic riffs and leads, speed, and high pitched vocals. A year later, Helloween released the follow up album, Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt 2. Like its predecessor, the second Keepers album is hailed as a classic, even today. This new album was also very important in sending power metal off towards the right direction, and is very influential.

As both Keepers albums were supposed to be combined into a double album, the material starts up right where the Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt 1 left off. Majestic sounding harmonies and leads, fast riffs, excellent double bass, and high flying vocals are all able to call Keepers Pt 2 home, just as they did on the previous effort. This sound is performed with a great deal of expertise on songs like Eagle Fly Free, You Always Walk Alone, I Want Out, and of course, the monumental Keeper of the Seven Keys. Though it met little change from the previous effort, the music still sounds very fresh and enjoyable. The album's sound itself does not get tiring throughout its 53 minute length (54 if you include the minute-long intro song), something that negatively affects some future albums such as Pink Bubbles Go Ape.

As mentioned in the last sentence, Keeper of the Seven Keys is 53 minutes long, due to the addition of 4 songs. This is a step up from the 34 minutes that mad up the previous album. You certainly got you money's worth with Keepers Pt 1, but this album feels like a much better buy, with an extra 20 or so minutes tacked on. The longer song list on the album allowed Helloween to fool around in the studio, an opportunity they took advantage of. Everybody who knows Helloween knows they enjoy writing silly songs with silly lyrics and silly sound effects. The Walls of Jericho album had Gorgar (and the album's intro chanted "Happy, happy Helloween" over and over). Then there's the Pink Bubbles Go Ape album (Is any explanation needed? Just look at the album cover), Heavy Metal Hamsters off Pink Bubbles Go Ape, and even Mrs. God off the new album. The list goes on and on. Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt 2 contains two of these tracks, the annoying, bad Rise & Fall, and the classic Dr. Stein. I bet you don't need me to tell you which I prefer. Despite being more of a joke track, Dr. Stein is still a great song. Humourous lyrics mixed with some solid guitar work and very effective vocals help make this a memorable track. I'd have to say that this is probably my favourite of Helloween's outtakes.

Once again, Michael Kiske supplies the band with a superb showing, cementing himself further into heavy metal history. He delivers memorable performances on many of the songs, including Eagle Fly Free, Dr Stein, I Want Out, March of Time and Keeper of the Seven Keys. He is particularly strong on the choruses, where he is given the chance to let loose some longer, higher notes, which are insanely catchy. Much like the Bruce Dickinsons and Rob Halfords of the world, Kiske adds another dimension to the band's sound. Easily one of power metal's greatest vocalists.

Along with the Pt 1, Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt 2 is Helloween's claim to fame. It was their last album of the 80's and also their last memorable album for quite some time. In 1989, guitarist Kai Hansen left the band and went on to form the power metal powerhouse, Gamma Ray. Thank goodness for that decision, as Helloween went through some rough times in the early 90's, experimenting with a more hard rock-ish sound. It was through this period that fans clutched Helloween releases such as this very tightly. Overall, the band delivers with their third full length album, and is recommended to all.

Recommended Tracks:
Keeper of the Seven Keys
Eagle Fly Free
I Want Out
March of Time



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mikesn
Emeritus
September 7th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.4

40, woo...

There are so many albums I want to review.

Thor
September 7th 2006



10183 Comments


Keep it going then. I'm loving them.

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 7th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.4

Thanks for the kind words. :chug:

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 7th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.4

Hep! Long time no see.

I'll try to review more Helloween. I've been planning on doing Pink Bubbles and Chameleon. We'll see.

loathed
September 7th 2006



174 Comments


ive never really got into any helloween, might try it out some day...

good review.

ToWhatEnd
September 7th 2006



3172 Comments


Man you sure churn these reviews out fast. It's incredible how the quality is consistently so high with the amount you do :thumb: nice work.

Dethtrasher
September 8th 2006



2211 Comments


I just knew that it was you Mike
Good review though, I have heard I Want Out, pretty good song.

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 8th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.4

Gamma Ray's live version of I Want Out with Kai Hansen on vocals is probably my favourite version of the song. It's somewhere on You Tube. Good stuff. Kick ass avatar btw.


Man you sure churn these reviews out fast. It's incredible how the quality is consistently so high with the amount you do

I have my fair share of stinkers too. Luckily they're on my computer where nobody can see them...

TheNotrap
June 20th 2011



8032 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This record in an absolute classic.

Special credits:
Eagle Fly Free. Dr. Stein. I Want Out. March Of Time and Keeper Of The Seven Keys.


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TheNotrap
October 26th 2011



8032 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

PEOPLE TELL ME A AND B
THEY TELL ME HOW I HAVE TO SEE
THINGS THAT I HAVE SEEN ALREADY CLEAR

Funeralopolis
September 5th 2012



11169 Comments


rules

Digging: Reks - R.E.K.S. (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme)

KILL
September 5th 2012



71315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

1 is bester

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Titan
October 13th 2012



4816 Comments


nah

KILL
October 13th 2012



71315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tbh theyre p much equal but 1 has halloween so

Titan
October 13th 2012



4816 Comments


equal is fine....1 has halloween, this has keeper

ThrashTillDeath94
November 1st 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

With the possible exception of "Eagle Fly Free", I was unimpressed with the first 6 songs on this
album. It seemed as if the instruments lacked focus, and the band failed to take anything seriously.


But then the last 4 tracks were so awesome that I just couldn't give this anything less than a 3.0
Definitely a hard album to rate when it came down to it.

My overall feeling is that this has some of the best tracks from the Keepers albums, such as March
Of Time and Keeper of the Seven Keys, but Part 1 is a way more consistent experience. Part 1 is a 5
all day for me.

Also, if you look at the writing credits, Kai Hanson didn't receive writing credits for any of the
first 6 songs, receiving only 3 writing credits near the end of the record. I believe this to be the
reason why i didn't dig this album, but I could be reading to far into it.

NightmareCinema16
November 19th 2012



2016 Comments


Yep.

DoctorMike
March 30th 2013



51 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If you want some lesson in power metal songwriting listen to this album.

Dragonforce89
July 30th 2013



326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Keeper of the Seven Keys
Eagle Fly Free
I Want Out
March of Time

The rest can skip out.

warlordfun
August 17th 2013



386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Dragonforce89, nope

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