HELLOWEEN — Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (review)

HELLOWEEN — Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I album cover Album · 1987 · Power Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Warthur
Michael Kiske's debut with Helloween sees the band adopting their legendary power metal style, which in this early version essentially consists of "take Iron Maiden's formula, and crank up the cheese". But like the best cheese, this stuff has aged wonderfully; Kiske's operatic vocals are a more than passable take on Bruce Dickinson's style, whilst the band have the twin lead guitar style nailed down wonderfully. The track Future World is probably my only quibble here, being very slightly too goofy even for this context, but even then I do find it infectiously catchy when I am in the right mood.
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