Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1

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Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
Studio album by Helloween
Released 23 May 1987
Recorded November 1986 - January 1987 at Horus Sound Studio, Hannover, Germany
Genre Power metal
Length 37:08
Label Noise
Producer Tommy Newton, 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: 13 April 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock 8/10 stars[3]
Rock Hard (9.5/10)[4]
Metal Hammer (GER) 6/7 stars[5]

Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I is the second studio album by 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]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Initiation"   Kai Hansen 1:20
2. "I'm Alive"   Hansen 3:22
3. "A Little Time"   Michael Kiske 3:59
4. "Twilight of the Gods"   Hansen 4:29
5. "A Tale That Wasn't Right"   Michael Weikath 4:42
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
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
9. "Victim of Fate"   Hansen 7:00
10. "Starlight" (remix) Hansen, Weikath 4:15
11. "A Little Time" (alternative version) Kiske 3:33
12. "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.

Personnel[edit]

Helloween[edit]

Production[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[6] 15
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 18
Swedish Albums Chart[8] 42
US Billboard Top 200[9] 104
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Japanese Albums Chart[10] 57

Covers[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. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1 review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  2. ^ Stagno, Mike (6 September 2006). "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys part 1". 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. ^ Trojan, Frank (1987). "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part I". Rock Hard (in German) (21). Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys part I" (in German). Metal Hammer. July 1987. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  6. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 (German Charts)". charts.de. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 (Swiss Charts)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 (Swedish Charts)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  9. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 (US Charts)". billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  10. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 1 (Japanese Charts)". oricon.co. Retrieved 2013-09-06.