I first read, that Helloween was going to release a 3rd part of
the "Keeper of the Seven Keys" saga, I thought it was a very
bold decision and bound to fail... Why? Because Parts 1 & 2 are
widely considered to the best albums from Helloween and rightfully so!
Michael Kiske's singing on those albums is unique and not many have
managed to reach his performance on those albums. And the comparison
between Andi Deris and Kiske is bound to be drawn here - Deris is a
good hard rock vocalist, but he's not a great metal vocalist! Deris
does OK on most songs, but he'll never ever be anywhere as great as
Kiske was on Parts 1 & 2.
Parts 1 & 2 were packed with excellent songs, great harmonies and
cool choruses, this part fails to live up to it's predecessors by a
long shot - there's way too many mediocre compositions, boring
choruses and just plain and simple boring songs. When I first heard
the "Mrs. God" single a while back, it really got my hopes
for this album up, but the 2 songs on the single are the only songs on
disc one that is anywhere near the standard of Parts 1 & 2. The
remaining 4 songs are all mediocre at the best - on the second disc
things are looking a bit brighter, but still they don't manage to
capture any of the magic created earlier...
is still some good songs on this album, some actually very good - but
this album is bound to go down as the unnecessary 3rd part of the
Keepers saga. Itís an OK Helloween album, but not a worthy
sequel to the cult classics Part 1 & 2.
tracks: "The King for a 1000 Years", "Mrs. God",
"Occasion Avenue" & "My Life for One More Day".