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The Dark Ride

HelloweenAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Mr. Torture 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. All Over The Nation 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Escalation 666 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. If I Could Fly 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. The Departed 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Live For Your Pain 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. We Damn The Night 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Immortal 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Dark Ride 8:48$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B00004ZC40
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sure is quite a dark ride! January 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I listened to this album last night and the title track this morning. What a CD! You'd expect them to be writing music different than what the newer bands are up to (Edguy, Sonata Arctica, Dragonforce), but Helloween pleases me. I have Keeper... Part I and love it even more than this one. DO NOT get turned off because of the bands about 20 year career. These guys put out power metal no different than what the modern masters do.
The first thing I must make note of is my favorite song, "The Departed". What a unique song! I love all the evens on the CD - that's it. The opening group of notes should catch your attention. I've never heard another song like it. I just love it!!!
Also on my list of favorites lies the opening song, "Mr. Torture", which has awesome guitarring. A bit short, though (3:30). If I could Fly is okay, but I don't think the music is good enough for the lyrics. The title track is pretty good, but for a closer AND a title track, more should have been done. That song is the longest on the album clocking in at 8:50. The biggest surprises are the ultra-gloomy track 4 and track 10. 4 is great. You don't hear gloomy CDs like this one too much, and to have a song that stands out as gloomy on an already gloomy album says something. This song is so slow and the vocals are so dark... wow! Its another one of those different ones. However, I did earlier say that Helloween is no different from the modern bands, right? Well, track 10 doesn't disappoint you. At the 1:54 mark, one of the coolest "between choruses" starts, and boy is it awesome! Its nothing compared to the likes of "The World Will be Better" by Heavenly, but its my favorite "between choruses" on the album, with "Mr. Torture" (track 2)'s "between chorus" as a close 2nd.
Now for keyboards...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helloween at their peak! November 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Helloween has always been one of my favourite bands. It's however curious how they became really a top level band after they lost their leader (Kai Hansen, who left to create Gamma Ray) and their great singer (Michael Kiske, who left for a solo career). Beginning from The Time of the Oath they've been on a continuous rise, topping in power with Better Than Raw and in quality and melody as well with The Dark Ride. This album is fantastic: songs as Mr. Torture, If I Could Fly, Live for your Pain and The Dark Ride are absolute masterworks, but the others are not so below. GET IT!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album! April 10, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When someone mentioned power metal, three bands come out of my mind: Helloween, Accept and Scanner. These bands are the purveyors of aggro-melodic music. But Helloween sticks out like a sore thumb. Many bands have attempted or imitate thier style, but in a long run, they became boring. I've been a Helloween fan since Kai was still singing for them. OK, no more comparison who's the better singer. I could never imagine Mike Kiske singing on this album. Andi Deris is a perfect replacement, he may not have the same range as Kiske, but he gave the vocal part a new direction. The Dark Ride itself is a marvelous concotction of aggro-melodic and darker tones mixed into one album. I do think this surpasses "Time of the Oath" in a million ways. Mature songwriting, excellent showcase of talent. A must-buy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helloween's Best December 24, 2000
By C. Cook
Format:Audio CD
I loved the old Helloween lineup on Keeper Part I and II and Walls of Jericho, but once both Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske left I pretty much tuned out. However, I'm very glad I decided to give this cd a try because it's amazing! It sounds like what they would have released right after Keeper if they hadn't started putting out that other stuff. The album is dark, but is very melodic, and uses alot of those anthemic choruses unique to Helloween and power metal in general. Every song is good and this is a great cd to listen to all the way through, but my favorite tracks would have to be "Mr. Torture" (wow i never thought I'd hear a catchy song about S&M), "If I Could Fly" (a beautiful anthem about not being able to accomplish our goals), and the ultra-catchy "We Damn The Night" and "The Departed Sun Is Going Down". Buy this album now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just something I noticed.. February 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm not going to write a full review of this album, other than to say it more than lives up to Helloween's characteristic excellence in musicianship and songwriting. I was just wondering if anyone else noticed that in the song Immortal, around 1:35, the guitar riff briefly takes on a variation that is strikingly close to the riff in 'One Step into Paradise' by Andi Deris' former band, Pink Cream 69. Also, the lyrics over this particular verse end with the word 'Paradise'. I think this is an intentional nod to the old song.. pretty cool if it is in fact intentional. Anyway, this is a great album. My top picks for tracks would be: I Live For Your Pain, Mr. Torture, All Over the Nations, Salvation, and the title track.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet? October 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you are looking for the best of Helloween, this is for you. After "Keeper Of The Seven Keys 2", I didn't listen to this band a lot, so when I finally decided to get this album I didn't accept much from this band. But, after I listened to it to the 1st song it immediately became my favorite. The lyrics on this album are very dark but deep in meaning. The songs written by Andi Deris are the definitely the best. There are some old type of songs that remind about Kiske- era: Salvation, All Over The Nations. Some classic Deris- Weikath type of stuff: Mirror, Mirror; The Dark Ride. Stand- outs are: If I could Fly (their best song yet), Mr. Torture, Immortal, Sun Is Going Down, I Live For Your Pain and Escalation 666.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars helloween
wasn't the author that we were looking for and music was not what we like to listen too. reordered the correct one
Published 2 months ago by sheila herman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Form
This CD has Helloween returning to the power metal style that they're best known for. After their last outing, the brash Better Than Raw album, this CD finds the band coming back... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mewisemagic
3.0 out of 5 stars 3/5
This album is 3 stars because many of the songs are listenable. I rather enjoy listening to this album.
I just recommend this album. Addy.
Published 21 months ago by Addy got somethin' to say
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Helloween!
Great album, solid metal hooks, amazing riffing, great vocals and a great collection of new songs. very happy with this purchase \m/\m/
Published on October 6, 2010 by Deimos
4.0 out of 5 stars Kinky
One of the kinkier offerings by elite German power metallers Helloween, and their first for Nuclear Blast. Overall, a good album that should please long time fans of the group. Read more
Published on June 30, 2010 by Joseph Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars epic
epic album and probably the last greatest album. keeper III is good but i like this more
Published on March 8, 2010 by Martin Lacour Carrizo
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark power metal!
This album here is my very first experience of power metal and it guided me to the real kinda metal. Read more
Published on August 11, 2009 by Anti MTV
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album!
As a true fan of helloween this was my first album I got and I mean this is exactly how I got into really good taste metal and left my other taste in which I call imitation metal... Read more
Published on March 2, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece ( IMO )
Love this album from opening to closing..This is my personal favorite Helloween album, every song rocks if you love Helloween than you "Must Have" this one in your... Read more
Published on August 21, 2008 by Robert M. Lisanti
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Album
I usually don't go beserk over an album, and when I heard that this album was amazing, I was a bit hesitant about it, I mean, I had already heard the song Mr. Read more
Published on January 23, 2008 by Nathanael Dauer
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