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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 (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matt Stoessel on January 25, 2004
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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 By Michele Beltrame on November 6, 2000
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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 By A Customer on April 10, 2001
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GT on February 10, 2007
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Cook on December 24, 2000
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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 By John. N on May 14, 2006
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Like most bands, Helloween's music has taken different faces and forms over the years as various members have come and gone. While some feel the magic was over when Kai Hansen and/or Michael Kiske left, I honestly feel that band has managed to do well for themselves since Deris has taken over as vocalist. While the band never did regain their superstar status of the late 80's, the band has managed to crank out some good tunes since the mid 1990s.

While The Dark Ride proves no different, it marks the point I personally draw the line as far as Helloween music is concerned (outside a few of their newer songs). You may ask why I draw the line here? Well, the answer really lies in the songs themselves and which members wrote them.

Drummer Uli Kusch cranks out "Mr. Torture," which starts the album with one hell of a bang. He also contributes the dark and brooding "The Departed (Sun Is Going Down)" which is just a perfect fit for an album such as this. Roland Graplow also makes his influence well known with the excellent title track that never derails (sorry, bad pun) despite it multiple twist and turns. Unfortunately, Kusch and Graplow would eventually be canned (think Weikath here, who thinks he needs to be in charge of EVERYTHING). I simply have a hard time contemplating why you'd fire these two when their contributions to this album are excellent and significant. In hindsight, they did help form Masterplan soon after, so not all is lost (and if I were them I wouldn't want my name attached to works such as Rabbit Don't Come Easy and Keepers III).

Deris also makes his impact here as well, offering the straight-up rocker "Mirror Mirror," the heart-felt piano-driven "If I Could Fly" (uh, why is there three different versions of this song when they only vary in length?
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