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Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2

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  • Helloween may have started the power metal thing with “Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt1″ after they began including more melody and “epicness” after “Walls of Jericho” but they perfected it with “Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt 2″ – this thing is flawless power metal from start to finish. Many bands would follow in Helloween’s footsteps following this album and this is where the power metal really began. “Eagle Fly Free” is a speed metal track with a very catchy chorus, trade-off shred guitar solos, a bass solo (!), and even a little drum solo as well! Michael Kiske’s vocals soar here like an eagle, but then again there’s not a moment on this album that doesn’t happen. “March of Time” is a personal favorite in the power metal genre – the song is simply about “time” but they make it so epic and that chorus just gives me chills up and down my spine listening to it – it’s just that powerful melody that Helloween is so good at creating, it’s just epic from start to finish. I think Kiske’s voice shines the best here, and it’s probably one of the fastest tracks on the album. “I Want Out” is Helloween’s well known song, not really a power metal track, but it has Helloween’s traits of dual lead guitar lines and guitar solos, along with Kiske’s vocals. “Keeper of the Seven Keys” is a gem in the power metal genre as well – the 13 minute epic track starts off slow before gradually speeding up with it’s progressive-like song structure. The chorus is very melodic, heroic, slow but still powerful. The best part is the guitar solos – they are everywhere in the middle of the song, and the speed metal part of the song is where the climax is! After that, the song finishes with a final chorus that brings the heart pounding action to a close. “Save Us” is a typical Helloween speed metal track with the well known band-”chorus” that raises hands and pumps fists.
    Helloween’s “Keeper Of The Seven Keys” brought the band into new heights and notice, and brought out power metal to the masses. If you are a fan of power metal, you’re incomplete without this album as it is essential.

    Posted on March 16, 2010