HELLOWEEN / Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I (1987)
Helloween invented power metal with this album and its sequel but I can forgive them because they did it properly. That much maligned bollocks revival that happened a few years back isn’t worthy to wipe Helloween’s ass. The music is frantic and melodic, with choruses that you can’t help but enjoy. It's full of varied twists and turns which leave little room to get bored. It's peppered with widdly solos that work, a rare thing in my book. Vocalist Michael Kiske has a unique voice that is part operatic and part Bruce Dickinson. It’s just 35 minutes long but it has a vitality that means it lingers in the mind for much longer.