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Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy

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Beginning their third decade of existence, Helloween are back to conquer the Power Metal world with simply one of the best releases in their career – the spellbinding Keeper Of The Seven Keys – The Legacy! Having repeatedly reinvented themselves stylistically, without ever losing their trademark sound, is no easy feat. The musicians, Andi Deris (vocals), Michael Weikath (guitar), Markus Großkopf (bass), Sascha Gerstner (guitar) and new addition Dani Löble (drums, ex-Rawhead Rexx), see this latest recording in direct context with their 1987 and 1988 classics, consciously and confidently increasing the expectations of their fans of an doubtlessly unusual studio offering. Beware – The Legacy!

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  • I wasn’t holding much out for Helloween after Rabbit Don’t Come Easy, which while not being the disaster some made it out to be, seemed fairly lacklustre. The departure of Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch, it seemed, had knocked that special something out of the band (although they then gave us the awesome Masterplan, so all is forgiven)

    As a result, The Legacy was one of the biggest surprises I have ever had – truly Helloween have returned to show the world why they are considered the forefathers of this genre. This album combines the good production of RDC Easy, the epic scope of Keeper 1 and 2, mixed in with a little bit of wackiness and fun from Master Of the Rings.

    Inevitable comparisons will be made to Keeper 1 and 2 – does it live up to the name? Well, give it time, but if you ask me, this easily holds its own. I have no idea what the original story was (nor do i care). Theres a few references to keys here and there, and some songs that clearly have nothing to do with anything. But then, neither Keeper albums stuck with the theme all the way through.

    Kiske versus Deris? No contest. A few years ago I would have said otherwise, but Deris buys and owns Kiske with this album – the man has never, ever sounded so good. Like it or not, Deris, IS Helloween. He can’t hit the high notes with the smoothness, but he can hit them, and when he does (quite frequently throughout the album) its all the more satisfying.

    And the songs? This is the most consistent offering for a long time. The Opener, King For A 1000 Years, is an absolute monster of a song, one of the best they’ve ever done. Invisible Man, Pleasure Drone and Silent Rain are all similar – speedy rockers with catchy choruses, that would not be out of place on Master of the Rings, or Better That Raw.
    The first half is better than the second, though not before delivering us the second epic of the album, Occasion Avenue, which is both dark and grand, complete with choir backing. In fact, there is no song that is particularly bad, save for Mrs God which isn’t actually bad – but it sticks out and was truly a daft choice for a single. It doesn’t reflect the rest of the album at all!

    This review is a bit long, but only because I believe this album truly is worth a listen from any Helloween (or metal) fan. I was so surprised at how good this album was – if you were like me and had written Helloween off, think again. Hopefully, with a more solid lineup, and some success with this, they’ll keep up the good work!

    Posted on February 12, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Like Helloween in their long musical career, this album has its ups and downs. There are some masterpieces (King for 1000 years, Born on Judgement Day) there are also some boring ones (Silent Rain, Pleasure Drone [just my opinion here]). I wouldn’t compare it too much to the Keepers pt. 1 & 2 albums, its not as harsh, and its also not nearly as consistant. Also, some songs like Occasion Avenue seem to go nowhere, it sometimes seems the band succeeds more with short tracks like “Shade in Shadow” and “Get it Up” than their progressive attempts.

    But overall, I love this album, especially the singing. I hated most Helloween albums (except Better Than Raw) after Keepers pt. 2 and didn’t like Deris’ singing but this CD has completely changed my opinion of Helloween/Deris..so get this CD, you won’t be disappointed!

    Posted on February 11, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Keepers legacy is sure no keepers 1 & 2 but I pretty much loved it, The metal melody and deris’s singing and songwriting all of that was not bad at all. When I first heard KOTSK the legacy I thought deris was going to be singing just the stuff from the classical KOTSK 1 & 2 albums but im glad he wrote his own songs on this album because I think this album would be a waste if thats all he did is just do other peoples songs. I have been a big fan of helloween for a long time and I never gave up on these guys but still I pretty much miss roland grapow and uli kusch after the dark ride and their replacements sascha gerstner and danny lobe were not bad at all but I don’t think they can fill in for the stuff roland and uli created in helloween.

    Any way good album can’t explain much but for new fans I wouldn’t recommend that you start here yet, I recommend the dark ride or better than raw first or the 2 classical keeper of the seven key albums 1 & 2 and stay far far away from chameleon and pink bubbles go ape never buy those albums.

    Posted on February 11, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is the greatest since Master of the Rings. The songs are powerful, begining with “The King of A 1000 Years.” “Invisible Man” is also a masterpiece. I don’t know why some people complains about this album. This is really a Legacy of what Helloween is giving us! I recomend this album to all those Helloween’s fans out there.

    Posted on February 11, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I wasnt a Helloween diehard fan to begin with, mostly i listened to the metal GODS: “Iron Maiden, Judas Priest”…and followers such as Gamma Ray, Rhapsody, Iced Earth…

    I was able to purchase their entire CD collection and listened to all of them….The legacy (Pt. 3) is one of their best acommplishments over the years….If you are familiar with these German heavy-power metal rockers you must have heard the “Walls of Jericho” album, not to mention “Keeper 1 & 2″….It may not be as heavy as these prior albums but they kept up their trademark and have not let the fans down!

    Not to mention that there’s a digipack version (Both versions are double CDs….and the second CD is not an extra CD with 2 songs like most bonus disks, but a complete album CD with aprox.6-7 songs)

    Posted on February 11, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now