HELLOWEEN

(GERMANY)

KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS, PART II

(1988)
LABEL:

NOISE

GENRE:

MELODIC METAL

TAGS:
Concept-album, Epic, Happy, High-pitched vocals
"With its decidedly positive atmosphere, "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt II" is an absolute must-have album for any fan of speed metal."
ZOSO (15.08.2008)  
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In 1987, Helloween released "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt I", which was very promising. Fans didn't have to wait long for the continuation of this conceptual diptych, because already in 1988 the German speed metal band presented the sequel. 

As for "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt I", it is thus a short introduction that prepares us for a first slap. "Eagles Fly Free" is a very speedy and melodic track, with the appearance of a "hit", which shows all the ambition of the band. Kiske's vocals is particularly impressive. The rhythmic is more daring than on the previous opus, which is confirmed by "You Always Walk Alone", with many changes of rhythm and less classical tempos than on "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt I". "Rise And Fall" is very fast and crazy, with some amazing choirs, in the manner of a Queen. "Dr. Stein" offers an inventive and pleasant riff, "We Got The Right" is very close to "A Tale That Wasn't Right" (from the previous album), with very high-pitched choruses and a more melancholic atmosphere...

In the end, each composition has its personality and no track is really below the others. Helloween offers us here a real masterpiece, full of inspiration and good mood (breaking in passing the main prejudices about Metal). The album is easy to get into, and riffs like "Dr. Stein", or "I Want Out", will immediately capture your attention. Last but not least, "The Keeper Of The Seven Keys", which spans almost a quarter of an hour, is an extremely well constructed track, multiplying ambiences, solos, harmonies, and epic choruses. 

With its resolutely positive atmosphere, serious themes approached with humor and an exceptional vocal performance, we have here an opus that is without fault. Despite a production that still lacks some depth, "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt II" remains an absolute must-have album for any fan of heavy metal with a speed tendency.
- Official website

Did you know?

The song "I Want Out" became a massive hit, but it was initially written as a joke during a soundcheck. The band members were surprised by its popularity.

TRACK LISTING:
01. Invitation - 01:06
02. Eagles Fly Free - 05:08
03. You Always Walk Alone - 05:08
04. Rise And Fall - 04:22
05. Dr. Stein - 05:03
06. We Got The Right - 05:07
07. Save Us - 05:12
08. March Of Time - 05:13
09. I Want Out - 04:39
10. The Keeper Of The Seven Keys - 13:38

LINEUP:
Ingo Schwichtenberg: Batterie
Kai Hansen: Guitares
Markus Grosskopf: Basse
Michael Kiske: Chant
Michael Weikath: Guitares
   
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