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A matured and diversified step forward - 85%

kluseba, February 10th, 2011

After a very strong first part of the legendary "Keeper of the seven keys" trilogy, this second part even improves in the first one. There are about fifteen minutes more content than on the first disc, the album is more diversified and the quality of the lyrics and the musical skills has also improved in only one year. There are still two or three average songs on the record and a couple of lengths, but the album is more surprising and enjoyable to listen to than the already very good previous one.

After a nice introduction, "Eagle fly free" kicks the album off in a similar style to "I'm alive" with the difference that the chorus is even catchier here while the music is as fast and heavy. Melody, passion and speed are united in this melodic monster. "You always walk alone" shows already that the band tried something new on this album and didn't entirely copy the concept of the first part. This song surprises with an interesting slow opening before it goes over to a standard power metal song with some nice bits of good hooks and melodies from time to time. Nevertheless, though this song sounds different and fresh, it is in my opinion the weakest track on the records and that tells a lot about the quality of the songs. "Rise and fall" is even more diversified, surprising and a truly well hidden gem to discover and somewhat one of my favourite songs in here even if it takes some time to grow. "Doctor Stein" heads in the same direction as "Future world" minus the embarrassingly cheesy lyrics. This is a funny party song to listen to with a few friends in the house and some beers in the hand, but the song is not entirely ridiculous and finally a quite good match between musical aspirations a lyrical humour with a commercial approach. "We got the right" is one of the weaker songs, but Michael Kiske's brilliant vocal performance saves this song as well as some slight progressive influences here and there similar to "Rise and fall". "March of time" is another rather ordinary power metal tune a part of the strong chorus and the divine voice of Michael Kiske that saves this mediocre track as well. "I want out" is then the prototype of a perfect commercial power metal song. The riff is catchy and memorable, the lyrics authentic, the vocal performance powerful, the rhythm section very tight and the chorus an absolute amazing text to sing along with. Then comes the overlong epic title track "Keeper of the seven keys" that is more diversified and elaborated as "Halloween" was. The band shows its musical talent, proves once again its catchiness and combines strong hook lines with rather atmospheric passages. The only little negative point I discover is that the track is a little bit too long and ambitious and three minutes less would have contributed to a more dynamical and intense performance. The final "Save us" from the remastered edition is not just an instrumental song, but a highly interesting and well elaborated track with an unusual introduction, a strong and atmospheric vibe with progressive sound effects and the typical genre trademarks combined to a truly epic chorus. This final masterpiece is a strong grande finale and an essential addition to the original album while the other bonus tracks of the remastered editions are rather ordinary and don't quite rate up the album.

This album is a musical and lyrical improvement on the previous one and a milestone in the history of power metal. The band has matured but kept the fresh formula of the straighter first part alive. For many years, the band would never be that creative and no more that inspiring again. The energy and passion of the young musicians created a feeling of inspiring freedom that is entirely listenable on the album before arguments and line-up changes led this band down until the departure of the gifted singer Michael Kiske and the suicide of the drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. On this album, the band still sounds motivated and liberated and that's what makes this album so sympathetic. I highly recommend this record to anyone that enjoys melodic or power metal.