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Helloween: Keeper Of The Seven Keys- The Legacy World Tour 05/06 Live In Sao Paulo

Recorded on the tour for Keeper Of The Seven Keys 3: The Legacy; the continuing adventures of Helloween have been captured for the world to enjoy. This particular album and tour would be one that found the legendary Power Metal masters returning more to the pure format of the genre that they helped to start so many years ago. As soon as it begins the listener is knocked down with the levels of energy and drive they bring as "The King For A 1000 Years" begins. It is truly the perfect show opener and brings the audience right into the electric vibe that a Helloween show is going to deliver. The concert set is as expected loaded with standards from the Helloween back catalog that are considered anthems in most Metal circles. I found that the band sounded as fresh as they ever did as the classics "Mr. Torture" and "I Want Out" blasted by. Singer Andy Deris has really come into his own in the band after all these years, and many know this group had a number of membership changes since their inception. Musically this is tight and energetic with resounding sing along choruses that many fans know by heart after their decade's long support. SPV Records has also made available to the public a full DVD that features this concert along with a number of other bonus features. We saw this recently with the release for Kamelot's One Cold Winter's Night. As far as live albums go this is one of the good ones.

Track Listing
1. Intro
2. The King For A 1000 Years
3. Eagle Fly Free
4. Hell Was Made In Heaven
5. Keeper Of The Seven Keys
6. A Tale That Wasn't Right
7. Mr. Torture
8. If I Could Fly
9. Power
10. Future World
11. The Invisible Man
12. Mrs. God
13. I Want Out
14. Dr. Stein
15. Occasion Avenue
16. Halloween

Added: March 13th 2007
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Helloween Website
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Language: english

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Helloween: Keeper Of The Seven Keys- The Legacy World Tour 05/06 Live In Sao Paulo
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-03-13 17:02:41
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It's been a long time coming, but Helloween finally have their definitive live set in Keeper Of The Seven Keys- The Legacy World Tour 05/06 Live In Sao Paulo, a rousing 2CD concert that sees the legendary power metal band in full-throttle mode in front of an adoring audience in Brazil. Most of the songs here were recorded at their March 25, 2006 show in Sao Paulo in front of over 6,000 screaming fans, but the last two were taken from Japan and Czech Republic, also stops on their World Tour of 2005/2006.

Featuring the line-up of Andi Deris (vocals), Michael Weikath (guitar), Sascha Gerstner (guitar), Markus Grosskopf (bass), and Dani Loble (drums), this is perhaps the strongest Helloween has sounded in years, with Deris especially finally rid of the spectre of Michael Kiske, long considered the "classic" Helloween vocalist. Hearing Deris and his soaring pipes on classics like "Dr. Stein", "Eagle Fly Free", "Keeper of the Seven Keys", "Future World", "I Want Out", and of course "Halloween", assures the listener that he is now the voice of Helloween, and in fact has been for quite some time. On a live album filled with epics, there's also the killer "The King For a 1000 Years" off their most recent Keys release, a 13-minute progressive/power metal gem that certainly will be considered one of their best for years to come. Other hot tracks here include "Hell Was Made in Heaven", "Mr. Torture", and the heavy "Invisible Man". It's a live album made up of epics (as 11 of the 15 songs exceeed 5 minutes, and 5 go past the 10 minute mark), killer sound, enthusiastic audience participation, and a raging Helloween at their best. The latter statement is especially true throughout this set, with Weikath and Gerstner delivering plenty of dazzling fretwork on each track.

As far as live albums go, this one's a definite "keeper"!

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