The albums themselves are utterly essential releases for any Metal fan that are both historically important as well as brilliant on their own merit. The style covers ground suited for fans of Classic Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal and of course Power Metal, for which these albums have been incredibly influential. If you are a massive Thrash fan then album one will get your pulse racing and if you are really into Power Metal album two will do it for you even more. Together and separately they are the kind of albums you will always find in Top-100 style lists of best-ever-metal-albums.
The bombastic music is absolutely filled with impressive virtuoso shredding and also melodic guitar solos, as well as sing-along choruses and joyous happy-sounding passages. Each member is incredibly talented and luckily everything gels together perfectly so that the albums come across as even greater than the sum of their parts.
The high-pitched vocalist Michael Kiske was reportedly hired because the band wanted someone who sounded like Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Geoff Tate from Queensrÿche and often gets compared with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and Ronnie James Dio, so if you generally enjoy that sort of powerful melodic Traditional Heavy Metal style then these albums will be perfectly suited to your tastes.
Album highlights include the two 13-minute tracks ‘Helloween’ and ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’ as well as the catchy ‘I Want Out’ ‘Dr. Stein’ and ‘The Eagle Flies Free.’
Overall, these two albums are incredibly good and if you usually enjoy any of the aforementioned bands or subgenres then they are something that you really ought to check out. If you like Helloween themselves then the albums are absolute must-haves. This collection is a brilliant way of getting both in one go, and the Thrashy B-sides and linear notes are a perfect augmentation to the already-great albums.