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HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I Power Metal
HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II Power Metal | review permalink
EDGUY - Theater of Salvation Power Metal
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Live Scenes From New York Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Live at Budokan Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Live at Budokan Progressive Metal
GAMMA RAY - Land of the Free Power Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Operation: Mindcrime Progressive Metal
AVENGED SEVENFOLD - City of Evil Heavy Metal
AVENGED SEVENFOLD - Nightmare Heavy Metal
QUEEN - Queen II Proto-Metal
SONATA ARCTICA - Silence Power Metal
SONATA ARCTICA - The Days Of Grays Symphonic Metal
METALLICA - ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - World Coming Down Gothic Metal
HELLOWEEN - The Dark Ride Power Metal
HELLOWEEN - Live in the U.K. Power Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Octavarium Progressive Metal
GAMMA RAY - Power Plant Power Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Promised Land Progressive Metal
SONATA ARCTICA - Stones Grow Her Name Heavy Metal
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - October Rust Gothic Metal
HELLOWEEN - Master of the Rings Power Metal
HELLOWEEN - The Time of the Oath Power Metal
HELLOWEEN - Better Than Raw Power Metal
HELLOWEEN - Treasure Chest Power Metal
EDGUY - Mandrake Power Metal
EDGUY - Age of the Joker Heavy Metal
EDGUY - Tinnitus Sanctus Power Metal
DREAM THEATER - Train of Thought Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - A Dramatic Turn of Events Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Dark Side of the Moon Non-Metal
GAMMA RAY - Somewhere Out in Space Power Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Rage For Order Heavy Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche Heavy Metal
AVENGED SEVENFOLD - Avenged Sevenfold Alternative Metal
URIAH HEEP - Demons And Wizards Hard Rock
URIAH HEEP - The Magician's Birthday Hard Rock
URIAH HEEP - Sweet Freedom Hard Rock
URIAH HEEP - Sea Of Light Hard Rock
URIAH HEEP - Sonic Origami Hard Rock
URIAH HEEP - Into The Wild Hard Rock
SONATA ARCTICA - Ecliptica Power Metal
METALLICA - Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Metallica Heavy Metal
FAITH NO MORE - The Real Thing Funk Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - Bloody Kisses Gothic Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - Life Is Killing Me Gothic Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - Dead Again Gothic Metal
W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol Heavy Metal
HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy Power Metal
HELLOWEEN - Gambling With the Devil Power Metal
HELLOWEEN - 7 Sinners Power Metal
HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy: World Tour 2005/2006 Power Metal
DREAM THEATER - Images and Words Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Awake Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Systematic Chaos Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Black Clouds & Silver Linings Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - When Dream And Day Reunite Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - The Number of the Beast Heavy Metal
GAMMA RAY - Insanity and Genius Power Metal
GAMMA RAY - Blast From the Past Power Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Empire Progressive Metal
AVENGED SEVENFOLD - Waking the Fallen Melodic Metalcore
AVENGED SEVENFOLD - Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough Melodic Metalcore
URIAH HEEP - Return To Fantasy Hard Rock
URIAH HEEP - Firefly Hard Rock
SONATA ARCTICA - Winterheart's Guild Power Metal
METALLICA - Kill 'em All Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Death Magnetic Thrash Metal
HELLOWEEN - Straight Out of Hell Power Metal
FAITH NO MORE - Sol Invictus Alternative Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - Slow, Deep and Hard Gothic Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - The Origin of the Feces Gothic Metal
GAMMA RAY - Empire of the Undead Power Metal
W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children Heavy Metal
AVENGED SEVENFOLD - Hail To The King Heavy Metal
HELLOWEEN - Pink Bubbles Go Ape Heavy Metal
HELLOWEEN - Walls of Jericho Speed Metal
HELLOWEEN - Metal Jukebox Heavy Metal
HELLOWEEN - Rabbit Don't Come Easy Power Metal
DREAM THEATER - When Dream and Day Unite Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Falling Into Infinity Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Progressive Metal
GAMMA RAY - Sigh No More Power Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Operation: Mindcrime II Progressive Metal
URIAH HEEP - Wonderworld Hard Rock
SONATA ARCTICA - Unia Power Metal
METALLICA - Load Heavy Metal
HELLOWEEN - My God-Given Right Power Metal
HELLOWEEN - Chameleon Hard Rock | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Master Of Puppets Thrash Metal
GAMMA RAY - Heading for Tomorrow Power Metal
SONATA ARCTICA - Reckoning Night Power Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Q2K Hard Rock
METALLICA - ReLoad Heavy Metal
EDGUY - Space Police - Defenders of the Crown Heavy Metal
HELLOWEEN - Unarmed - Best of 25th Anniversary Non-Metal
DREAM THEATER - Live at the Marquee Progressive Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - American Soldier Heavy Metal
AVENGED SEVENFOLD - Sounding The Seventh Trumpet Melodic Metalcore
METALLICA - St. Anger Alternative Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Dedicated To Chaos Hard Rock

Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Power Metal 31 3.84
2 Progressive Metal 22 3.91
3 Heavy Metal 17 3.59
4 Hard Rock 12 3.33
5 Gothic Metal 7 4.07
6 Thrash Metal 7 4.00
7 Melodic Metalcore 3 3.00
8 Alternative Metal 3 3.17
9 Non-Metal 2 3.00
10 Funk Metal 1 4.00
11 Proto-Metal 1 5.00
12 Speed Metal 1 3.00
13 Symphonic Metal 1 5.00

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HELLOWEEN Live in the U.K.

Live album · 1989 · Power Metal
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As far as live albums go, and as far as Helloween is concerned, I think this is as good as it gets!!! It's unfortunate that the album is so short, but they pack a ton of music onto this piece of plastic!!! You have a handful of great tunes and you get to hear Michael Kiske belt out his own rendition of "How Many Tears" which makes it fully worth the price of admission!!!!

If you grab this version and not the American copy, you get the extra track "Rise And Fall" which has always been a favorite of mine for its pure sillines!!! To cut it short...track this one down and hear the way the band was meant to sound...NOT the way Andi Deris gargles all over the classics on later live albums!!!

DISCLAIMER: I love Andi Deris and what he has done for Helloween...I just don't think he sounds very good doing the old Kiske material!! ;)

HELLOWEEN Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II

Album · 1988 · Power Metal
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I can't believe this album doesn't have a full five star average!!!! This is Helloween AND power metal at its very best!! From the opening strains of "Invitation" you know that something big is on the way...and Helloween do not let you down. "Eagle Fly Free" could easily be a blueprint for what power metal has become over the years. Quick double-bass verses, twin guitar attack, huge epic chorus...even a little bass / drum solo in the middle from Markus and Ingo to keep your ass up!!! Doesn't get much better than this folks!!!

This album flows perfectly all the way through to the album centerpiece...the 13 minute title track...one of the greatest metal songs ever written. The album ends on "Save Us" which I never considered a part of the album...I believe the version I originally had listed this as a bonus track...we're talking 1988 so it gets a bit fuzzy.

If I had to tell anyone what album to buy to get into power metal, this would be the one!!! There are only one or two other albums in the genre that get such high regards (Gamma Ray's Land Of The Free for one), but without this disc, they would have never been!!!!

5 / 5 every day of the week!!!!!!

HELLOWEEN Chameleon

Album · 1993 · Hard Rock
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Well, I gave my 5-star review for Helloween for the masterpiece "Keepers II" so I thought it would now be appropriate to write my review for my lowest ranked Helloween disc.

Back in 90's I had a special record stand that I went to in the local mall that could get import discs. I hadn't heard anything from Helloween since 1988 and was wondering if they had split up...I had somehow missed "Pink Bubbles" and this album and so I paid an extortionate sum to import both of them. (I didn't know that Helloween had lost their American distributor and that these albums weren't originally released stateside.) "Bubbles" was not so terrible...this album had me scratching my head, thinking I had accidentally gotten the wrong the band.

I'm not going into this album song-by-song because I don't feel the need...let's just say that this album is in no way power metal and in no way what was expected from such a great band. There were horns...HORNS!!!!! Not devil horns...but the kind of horns that someone puts their mouth on and blow, creating a sound that does not necessarily go with proper metal!!!!!

I tried hard to dig this album because I paid a ton for it...and because it was my favorite metal band...but in the end I only found a few redeeming qualities! Those qualities are in the final 15 minutes of the album...the final 2 songs!!! Great tunes that really showcase Michael Kiske's style and range...a voice that in my opinion is untouched in the metal world!!!!

So, if you see this album in the cut-out bin, pick it up and give it a listen...if you expect another "Keepers" forget it!!!

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