The Time of the Oath

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The Time of the Oath
Studio album by Helloween
Released 1 March 1996 (Japan)
5 March 1996 (USA)
11 March 1996 (UK)
Recorded 1995 at Chateau du Pape, Hamburg, Germany
Genre Power metal
Length 1:01:29 (w/o bonus tracks)
1:31:45 (w/ bonus tracks)
Label Victor Entertainment
Castle Communications
Raw Power
Producer Tommy Hansen
Helloween chronology
Master of the Rings
(1994)Master of the Rings1994
The Time of the Oath
High Live
(1996)High Live1996
Singles from The Time of the Oath
  1. "Power"
    Released: 16 January 1996
  2. "The Time of the Oath"
    Released: 2 May 1996
  3. "Forever and One (Neverland)"
    Released: 4 September 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

The Time of the Oath is the seventh studio album by German power metal band Helloween, released in 1996.[2][3] The album is dedicated to the memory of former drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg, who committed suicide the previous year.

Album description[edit]

The Time of the Oath is a concept album. According to Andi Deris, it is based on the prophecies of Nostradamus, referring to the prophecies made for the years 1994 to 2000. Nostradamus' interpreters believe that he predicted a third World War followed by a millennium of peace if humans made the right choices. The album is meant to reflect the choices of humanity. The Keeper that appears on this album, having returned from the first two Keeper of the Seven Keys albums and later to return on the third, could represent God, or the stupidity of humanity in the form of the seventh trooper in the song "Before the War."[4] Instead of a space scene as on the cover of Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1, the area under the Keeper's hood is filled with stars and a line of golden rings, in the fashion of Master of the Rings' artwork. The track "The Time of the Oath" reflects on Act V of Faust Part Two, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Andi Deris plays the part of Mephistopheles, reclaiming the soul of doctor Faust, whereas the Choir of the Orchestra "Johann Sebastian Bach", Hamburg, (conducted by Axel Bergstedt) sings the Dies irae from the traditional requiem, representing the angels rescuing Faust's lost soul.

The album contains three singles: "Power", "The Time of the Oath", and "Forever And One (Neverland)". The latter has a different track listing for the German release, which is titled "Forever And One Live".

It was the first Helloween album where all five band members got a songwriting credit.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Burn" Deris 3:04
2. "Steel Tormentor" Weikath/Deris 5:40
3. "Wake Up the Mountain" Kusch/Deris 5:01
4. "Power" Weikath 3:28
5. "Forever and One (Neverland)" Deris 3:54
6. "Before the War" Deris 4:33
7. "A Million to One" Kusch/Deris 5:11
8. "Anything My Mama Don't Like" Deris/Kusch 3:46
9. "Kings Will Be Kings" Weikath 5:09
10. "Mission Motherland" Weikath/Helloween 9:00
11. "If I Knew" Weikath 5:30
12. "The Time of the Oath" Grapow/Deris 6:58
Japanese Version Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Still I Don't Know" Deris/Grosskopf 4:13
14. "Take It to the Limit" Deris/Kusch 4:04
Expanded Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Still I Don't Know" Deris/Grosskopf 4:13
2. "Take It to the Limit" Deris/Kusch 4:04
3. "Electric Eye" (Judas Priest Cover) Tipton/Halford/Downing 4:06
4. "Magnetic Fields" (Jean Michel Jarre cover) Jarre 3:41
5. "Rain" (Status Quo cover) Parfitt 4:33
6. "Walk Your Way" Grosskopf 4:56
7. "Light in the Sky" Deris 2:35
8. "Time Goes By" Deris 2:24