Helloween’s “Walls of Jericho” wasn’t really considered a power metal album moreas it was a speed metal album and Keeper of the Seven Keys would officially kick off what’s known as power metal. But this CD isn’t far from power metal – it’s very melodic, full of Hansen’s high pitched vocals, super lead guitar and harmonized lead guitars, powerful drums, and dynamic songs. It’s not as melodic as Helloween’s later work, but it’s still very much their sound. You’ll hear Kai Hansen’s first performance on vocals, and his voice eventually became more powerful and melodic in Gamma Ray but his influence on this record and the next 2 Helloween albums (albeit guitar-wise as he does not perform vox after this until 1995 Gamma Ray). I love this album a lot, it’s got what I like in music (metal in particular and I love power metal the most) – heavy guitars while maintaining good melodies, high pitched vocals and screams for dramatic effect, present bass-guitar, fast and technical drumming, and two guitarists who can shred and perform speedy solos in dual harmonies.
With this package you’ll get the remastered CD with a bonus disc. You’ll have the album start with the “Helloween EP” on the first 5 tracks then “Walls of Jericho” from then on. The bonus disc has some new mixes, live tracks and B-sides which is worth hearing for Helloween fans.
Helloween fans owe it to themselves to check out their first album to hear where it all started. Highly recommended for your metal collection.