Helloween - The Time Of The Oath

8.4 | 582 votes |
Release date: 1996
Style: Power metal


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01. We Burn
02. Steel Tormentor
03. Wake up The Mountain
04. Power
05. Forever And One (Neverland)
06. Before The War
07. A Million To One
08. Anything My Mama Don't Like
09. Kings Will Be Kings
10. Mission Motherland
11. If I Knew
12. The Time Of The Oath
13. Still I Don't Know [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]
14. Take It To The Limit [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]
15. Electric Eye [Judas Priest cover] [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]
16. Magnetic Fields [Jean Michel Jarre cover] [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]
17. Rain [Status Quo cover] [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]
18. Walk Your Way [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]
19. Light In The Sky [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]
20. Time Goes By [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]

Andreas "Andi" Deris - vocals
Roland Grapow - guitars
Michael Weikath - guitars
Uli Kusch - drums
Markus Grosskopf - bass

Guest review by
Joey Jo Jo
Helloween worked very hard to "correct" their "mistakes", those mistakes being the less popular albums Pink Bubbles Go Ape and Chameleon, which are very experimental and progressive as opposed to the usual speed metal that comes from these German pioneers. Anyway, classic heavy metal tracks are found here in the Judas Priest vein like "We Burn" and "Kings Will Be Kings". Besides "Wake Up the Mountain" and the common fan favorite "Power" there is really nothing else on this album interesting to comment on. Does that make it a bad album? No! What made this album deserve a mediocre rating are its very bland and repetitive tendencies. They dig up the sound of the well known and loved Keepers albums, and play it to death. We get "epics" that go nowhere and a few sappy ballads with no emotion that seem forced and half assed. There is also a tongue in cheek number that is more embarrassing than humorous.

published 06.08.2005 | Comments (23)

Guest review by
Mountain King
Seeing that the one review of this album on Metal Storm does it no justice at all, I decided to share my thoughts about it. Some people claim that Helloween reached their peak with Andi Deris on Dark Ride. I would have to disagree because looking at the track list it's obvious that some of the strongest Helloween numbers appear. From the anthem "Power" to the power metal massacre of "Kings Will Be Kings" to the touching "Forever and One" there are really no disappointing songs.

published 01.04.2011 | Comments (9)

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26.03.2012 - 18:39
Rating: 8
Helloween in the 90's basically sound even more like Gamma Ray in my opinion, but absolute classics such as 'Power' and the title track make this record better than it really is. The first half of the album is weak in comparison with the latter half, but i don't think the band were expecting to beat their first three albums in terms of quality. A good album, even if barely anyone listened to Helloween in 1996.
03.02.2013 - 22:45
Rating: 9
Thrash Talker
Personally I love the whole album, I think it is one of their best if not THE best with Andi on the vocals.
And not only because of ''Power'' and the title track but also because of ''Kings will be kings'', ''Forever and one'', ''Steel tormentor'' (...)

I love it just a bit less than the 2 keepers. Just a bit.
- Headbanging with mostly clogged arteries to that stuff -
03.02.2013 - 23:55
Rating: 9
Metal slave
This album is killer... a step up from Master of the Rings
25.07.2016 - 20:24
Rating: 7
No one else think the production is kind of muddy? It's like the instruments float together quite often and it's difficult to discern what's really happening. Oh well, this is one of their most consistent albums, "Forever And One" is quite boring and I never really got the greatness of "Power", the rest however is decent power metal.
26.10.2016 - 23:23
Rating: 10
My favorite album from them. Should deserve the status of a power metal classic.
09.02.2017 - 23:34
Bad English
A bit going to metal roots and even to heavier as few opening songs, but then to PM roots anyway
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
06.07.2017 - 02:53
Rating: 10
IMHO my favorite album, loved it when i bought the LP in 1996, still love it as much 21 years later
25.04.2019 - 23:08
Rating: 10
I love this album but less their early albums. Do they have a similar sounding/vibe album?

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