Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1

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Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
Studio album by Helloween
Released May 23, 1987
Recorded November 1986 - January 1987 at Horus Sound Studio, Hannover, Germany
Genre Power metal
Length 37:08 (without bonus tracks)
56:58 (with bonus tracks)
Label Noise
Producer Tommy Newton, co produced by Tommy Hansen
Helloween chronology
Walls of Jericho
(1985)
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
(1987)
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
(1988)
Singles from Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
  1. "Future World"
    Released: May 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars [2]

Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I is the second studio album from German power metal band Helloween, released in 1987. It marks the first appearance of vocalist Michael Kiske, and is considered the album that created the genre of European-style power metal. It was an album dominated by guitarist Kai Hansen due to an injury to co-guitarist Michael Weikath which prevented him from performing on much of the album. "Future World" was released as a single and a music video was made for "Halloween" but with 8 minutes omitted from the song. The band originally planned to release Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I and Part II as a double album, but their record label refused, insisting that the albums be released separately. Much later in 2010, both albums were released together with bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Initiation"   Hansen 1:20
2. "I'm Alive"   Hansen 3:22
3. "A Little Time"   Kiske 3:59
4. "Twilight of the Gods"   Hansen 4:29
5. "A Tale That Wasn't Right"   Weikath 4:42
6. "Future World"   Hansen 4:02
7. "Halloween"   Hansen 13:18
8. "Follow the Sign"   Hansen/Weikath 1:46
Expanded edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Victim of Fate"   Hansen 7:00
2. "Starlight (Remix)"   Hansen/Weikath 4:15
3. "A Little Time (Alternative Version)"   Kiske 3:33
4. "Halloween (Video Edit)"   Hansen 5:02
  • Tracks 2 and 3 also appear on the Future World single.
  • Track 4 also appears on the Pumpkin Box single.
  • On the vinyl release, Side A consists of tracks 1-5 and Side B consists of tracks 6-8.

Credits[edit]

Helloween[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Tommy Hansen - co-producer, engineer, mixing, emulator
  • Edda & Uwe Karczewski - cover design
  • Limb - sleeve & back cover concept
  • Tommy Newton - producer, engineer

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[3] 15
Swiss Albums Chart[4] 18
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 42
US Billboard Top 200[6] 104
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Japanese Albums Chart[7] 57

Notes[edit]

The Russian band, Arktida, covered the song "I'm Alive" in a single they titled, "Я живой", Romanized as "Ya zhivoy".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1 at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  2. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1 (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 (German Charts)". charts.de. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 (Swiss Charts)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 (Swedish Charts)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 (US Charts)". billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 (Japanese Charts)". oricon.co. Retrieved 2013-09-06.