Helloween - _Master Of The Rings_
(Castle Records, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (
What can I say? This is metal that has been brought from the mid- 80's, and in true heavy metal fashion the music is raw, heavy and full of some great guitar solos and riffs. The thing that has kept Helloween alive and well after almost eleven years is their persistence to keep their momentum going and never give up. I mean, they have managed to survive band changes and the shift of musical preferences which occurred in the early 90's and are still able to call themselves a heavy metal band. With _Master Of The Rings_, Helloween manages to bring their riffs and ear-piercing vocals into the 90's while still keeping to their roots. While most will write this effort off as just 'old school' metal there is something special about it, whether it be its energy, spirit or just the fact of its loudness. "Where The Rain Goes", "The Game Is On", and "Perfect Gentleman" are all trademark Helloween numbers and something many fans of this musical style will be able to dig.
(article published 2/9/1996)
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