Helloween - The Time Of The Oath (Expanded Edition) - 2006 - Sanctuary Records

Track Listing
1. We Burn
2. Steel Tormentor
3. Wake Up The Mountain
4. Power
5. Forever And One
6. Before The War
7. A Million To One
8. Anything My Mama Don't Like
9. Kings Will Be Kings
10. Mission Motherland
11. If I Knew
12. The Time Of The Oath

1. Still I Don't Know
2. Take It To The Limit
3. Electric Eye
4. Magnetic Fields
5. Rain
6. Walk Your Way
7. Light In The Sky
8. Time Goes By
As we continue our coverage of the Castle Music "Expanded Edition" series, we look at Helloween's "The Time Of The Oath", which coincidentally is probably my least favorite Deris era release of the band's career. Following on the footsteps of what is a monumental achievement in "Master Of The Rings" comes a rather dull, uninspired venture. This material never quite had enough stamina or momentum to carry the band to new heights musically. Vocally Deris is still quite a force, really rallying behind cuts like "Steel Tormentor" and "A Million To One". The band really showcase their hard rock character on the blues styled "Anything My Mama Don't Like". I've never quite understood why this album has this dirty, unpolished sound originally. You can listen to the albums before and after this and hear that vibrant, colorful sound just lift right off of the disc. This release from the very beginning just never had great sound, that fantastical, Earth shattering sound you normally hear from these Germans is completely vacant.

This re-issue is completely remastered and does sound quite better than the original. It seems like that much sought after polish has been draped over the tracks themselves. Along with that is, of course, the expanded liner notes, additional photos, and a full disc worth of material that includes a cover of Judas Priest's "Electric Eye" as well as B-sides from singles like "The Time Of The Oath" and "Power".

Note - Michael Weikath says in the liner notes, "...it struck me that "The Time Of The Oath" was a fucking brilliant, well-made record. There was nothing wrong with it at all".

What do I know? I'm just a lowly metal scribe.

--EC 05.25.06

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

Note: Reviews are graded from 0-5, anything higher or not showing is from our old style. Scores, however, do not reveal the important features. The written review that accompanies the ratings is the best source of information regarding the music on our site. Reviewing is opinionated, not a qualitative science, so scores are personal to the reviewer and could reflect anything from being technically brilliant to gloriously cheesy fun.

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All reviews for this band:
Better Than Raw (Expanded Edition)Helloween
Eric Compton7/3/2006
Chameleon (Expanded Edition)Helloween
Eric Compton7/3/2006
Gambling with the DevilHelloween
Frank Hill10/19/2007
Keeper Of The Seven Keys: The LegacyHelloween
Stygian Steel10/14/2005
Keeper of the Seven Keys--Part 1Helloween
Frank Hill10/30/2003
Master Of The Rings (Expanded Edition)Helloween
Eric Compton7/3/2006
Mrs. GodHelloween
Eric Compton8/18/2005
Pink Bubbles Go Ape (Expanded Edition)Helloween
Eric Compton7/3/2006
Rabbit Don't Come EasyHelloween
Eric Compton4/10/2003
The Time Of The Oath (Expanded)Helloween
Eric Compton6/9/2006
Walls Of Jericho (Expanded)Helloween
Eric Compton6/9/2006

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