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Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II

Review by Gary Hill

Dating from 1988, this is early prog metal, and in many ways is more pure metal than prog metal. However, it does contain progish elements.

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Track by Track Review
This instrumental is a metallic and regal fanfare. Containing Brian Mayish guitar sounds and symphonic overtones, this is essentially the intro to Eagle Fly Free.
Eagle Fly Free
An anti-war song, Eagle Fly Free is fast paced and done in an Iron Maiden sort of mode.
You Always Walk Alone
This is another uptempo, Maidenish track.
Rise and Fall
A rather punkish introduction breaks into more Maidenish musical styles. The vocal arrangement on the chorus is intriguing, as is the bare-bones, punkish texture that comes across occassionally in later sections of the song. The ending is quite humourous.
Dr. Stein
"Dr. Stein grows funny creatures, lets them run into the night, they become great rock musicians, and their time is right." The introduction to Dr. Stein includes monster making sounds. The cut is a stripped-down metal tune with a very interesting groove to it. The instrumental break has a nicely gothic classical leaning.
We Got the Right
Bass tones and a wonderful texture begins this track. The mood of the piece is great, and the bridge has solid progressive rock leanings, as do portions of the instrumental break.
Save Us
Another Maidenish number, this is a fairly frantic metal cut.
March of Time
After a progish intro, the song drops into a very aggressive and quick metal mode.
I Want Out
Although the arrangement gets a bit complex and intriguing at points, this is essentially a bare-bones metal composition.
Keeper of the Seven Keys
A pretty, acoustic guitar section begins this cut, and the first verse is very beautiful and based on this intro. Metallic strains begin with the second verse. Although much of this song is in a metallic mode, it keeps reinventing itself. One instrumental break is jazzy and somewhat Floyd influenced, while another has a Russian sort of texture and solid prog leanings. The ending segment is again the delicate acoustic guitar work.
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