Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2

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Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
Studio album by Helloween
Released 29 August 1988
Recorded May–June 1988 at Horus Sound Studio, Hannover, Germany
Genre Power metal
Length 54:33
Label Noise
Producer Tommy Hansen
Helloween chronology
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
(1987)
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
(1988)
Live in the UK
(1989)
Singles from Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
  1. "Dr. Stein"
    Released: September 1988
  2. "I Want Out"
    Released: 31 October 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock 8/10 stars[3]
Rock Hard (9/10)[4]
Metal Hammer (GER) 7/7 stars[5]

Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II is the third studio album by German power metal band Helloween, released in 1988.[6][7] The album sold well, and success bloomed all over Europe, Asia and even the United States. The album went gold in Germany[8] and reached No. 108 in the US.

Two singles were released from the album, "Dr. Stein" and "I Want Out". "Dr. Stein" has a very long and moody solo, played with a blues tinge, very unlike other solos in the album, as well as an organ solo. "I Want Out" remains possibly the band's best known song, and has been covered by several metal bands, such as Gamma Ray, Unisonic, HammerFall, LORD and Sonata Arctica.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Invitation"   Michael Weikath 1:06
2. "Eagle Fly Free"   Weikath 5:08
3. "You Always Walk Alone"   Michael Kiske 5:08
4. "Rise and Fall"   Weikath 4:22
5. "Dr. Stein"   Weikath 5:03
6. "We Got the Right"   Kiske 5:07
7. "Save Us" (moved to track 10 on the remastered re-release) Kai Hansen 5:15
8. "March of Time"   Hansen 5:13
9. "I Want Out"   Hansen 4:39
10. "Keeper of the Seven Keys"   Weikath 13:37
Expanded edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Savage"   Kiske 3:25
12. "Livin' Ain't No Crime"   Weikath 4:42
13. "Don't Run for Cover"   Kiske 4:45
14. "Dr Stein" (remix) Weikath 5:05
15. "Keeper of the Seven Keys" (remix) Weikath 13:52
Total length:
31:49

Personnel[edit]

Helloween[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Engineered by Tommy Hansen and Tommy Newton
  • Mixed by Tommy Newton for "I Got Confused Productions"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Swiss Albums Chart[9] 6
German Albums Chart[10] 5
Austrian Albums Chart[11] 9
Dutch Albums Chart[12] 47
Swedish Albums Chart[13] 7
Norwegian Albums Chart[14] 12
UK Albums Chart[15] 24
Japanese Albums Chart[16] 27
US Billboard Top 200[17] 108

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2 review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  2. ^ Stagno, Mike (7 September 2006). "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  3. ^ Berelian, Essi (February 2011). "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1 & 2". Classic Rock 154. London, UK: Future plc. p. 88. 
  4. ^ Stratmann, Holger (1988). "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part II". Rock Hard (in German) (28). Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys part II" (in German). Metal Hammer. September 1988. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  6. ^ "Helloween – Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II (tracklist and versions)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  8. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Keeper+of+the+Seven+Keys+Part+II')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  9. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Swiss Charts)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  10. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (German Charts)". charts.de. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  11. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Austrian Charts)". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  12. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Dutch Charts)". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  13. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Swedish Charts)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  14. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Norwegian Charts)". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  15. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (UK Charts)". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  16. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Japanese Charts)". oricon.co. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  17. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (US Charts)". billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-08-30.