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“Keeper Of The Seven Keys: The Legacy” by Helloween

Artist: Helloween
Title: “Keeper Of The Seven Keys: The Legacy”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 11/8/2005
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 7.5/10

Helloween takes their music into the future with two giant steps. The first is jumping ship from Nuclear Blast Records to join the ever expanding roster of SPV Records talent. The second is a celebration of their core history by revisiting the classic “Keeper Of The Seven Keys” tale by giving us “The Legacy”. Returning to this story might seem to be a risky move for when an album is held in such a high regard you really have to pull out all the stops to meet the expectations that surround it. I have to say that after the intro dialogue completed, I felt that the music Helloween was performing was a return to the more classic sound. It felt good to find myself blasting the high energy Power Metal style that Helloween was instrumental in making popular almost twenty years ago. The interesting part of this return would be that it is with an almost entirely different line up at this stage of the game. Singer Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen have long moved on with Kiske handling solo work and Hansen running the show in Gamma Ray. For many years Andy Deris has been handling the vocals; and while some material was on and off with fans, I think this will show them how impressive Andy can be.
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