"Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006" is live album of our Heavy Metal masters from Germany, Helloween. No need to talk a lot to say and explain that this DVD are simply awesome, that they're must. Only hits, not any bad points, a perfect sound, an amazing audience, I would like to receive such kind of live albums everyday. Hail to Helloween for this release! It's a fantastic release!
The Czech Republic's Sebastien has gone through many trials, including band name and personnel changes over 10 years, to get to their release of their debut album Tears of White Roses. Yet with the strength of label Escape Music behind them and the enthusiastic support of Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Sebastien should be on the cusp of greatness. A strong supporting cast in the studio doesn't hurt either. Participants include Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Aina, Kiske/Somerville), Apollo Papathanasio (Firewind, Spiritual Beggars), Doogie White (Cornerstone, ex-Rainbow, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine), Mike DiMeo (The Lizards, ex-Riot, ex-Masterplan), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), and Tore Moren (Jorn).
This is Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow's second solo album. His first, "The Four Seasons Of Life" was a respectable neo-classical release that contained a lot of guitar work. This release is a bit more song orientated, and what a band Roland has to back him up! Basically this is Yngwie's "Magnum Opus" band minus the Maestro himself and Mats Olausson. Yes, that's right, Mike Vescera lends his golden lungs and the ace rhythm section of Barry Sparks and Mike Terrana create a powerhouse of solid backing throughout. Add to this the keyboard expertise of Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell fame) and you have a bit of a supergroup happening; even Jens Johannson throws in his fleeting fingers on a couple of tracks.
Influenced by Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Helloween specialized in blistering yet melodic heavy metal with a strong gothic orientation. On Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1 (arguably Helloween's best album), lead vocalist Michael Kiske has no problem singing in a high, ear-splitting pitch – often demonstrating just how great an impact Rob Halford has had on him… 4,5/5