2006 - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II Expanded Edition

2011-05-07 12:36
Release date: 
August 08th, 2006
Line up
Michael Kiske
Kai Hansen
Michael Weikath
Track list

Recorded and mixed in Horus sound studio, Hannover, May/June 1988.


Old Reviews

Kerrang! magazine, issue July 1988:

Why were the albums split into two? Tommy Hansen (producer): "The band originally wanted to record a double album, but Noise Records were opposed to the idea of having to put out a double album - the cost of the sleeve and so on put them off. But I don't think Noise understood the whole original concept behind the Seven Keys. The Part I dealt with the Black Power and the Part II with the White Power - real god versus evil stuff - and that's what made the blance up, and that's why the band wanted to release the album as a double."

Tommy Hansen continues: "I'm glad we recorded the albums separately, because the band really have come on 100 per cent musically. The guitars of Weikath and Hansen sound a lot fresher, brighter and heavier on Part II. And the real surprise for me on the new album have been the bass player Markus and drummer Ingo. They're both totally different on Part II, it's as if Part I never been existed! There's so much power and energy in the rhythm section now. Also singer Michael Kiske is getting a lot closer to his own personality now, his voice has sharpened up a lot on Part II, he's fitted very well into Helloween."

Michael Weikath: "The sound is a lot better on Keys II, everything sounds more up front in the mix. There's so much orchestration on it, especially on a song like 'Keeper Of The Seven Keys'. I think we've all improved as a band 200 per cent on this album, the playing's better and so are the songs."


Comments of musicians

Kerrang! magazine, issue July 1988:

Kai Hansen: "'You Always Walk Alone', 'Rise And Fall', 'We Got The Right' and 'Keeper Of The Seven Keys' are all tracks that we originally wrote for Part I. We completely redid those tracks last year though."

MetalHammer magazine, issue February 1988:

Michael Kiske: "We've included a lot more choruses - real choruses, that we worked on for days. The album sounds more creative, embraces a wider spectrum and is just harder. Each song sounds completely different. Also the rythym section is much better. Markus and Ingo have really improved, and are bound to surprise lot of people. I used to sing in just one particual way, but I developed new techniques while touring. I'm a lot more self-confident, and trust myself more trying out new things. I think my voice is a lot fuller now." I've also noticed that you use less vibrato than on the last LP. That must make things more difficult for you, because it's easier to hold a note using a vibrato. Michael Kiske: "You're right, it's easier to hit a note with vibrato. If you try to hit a straight note, you can hear every little mistake. This time I tried to apply both techniques more carefully - depending what sounded best. Vibrato can get on your nerves really easily, so you have to be careful."


Catalog numbers
European edition06076-86429-2Sanctuary Records
European editionN04102Noise Records
European editionCMQDD1179Castle Music
Japanese editionVICP-63364-5Victor Entertainment