Over the last twenty years HELLOWEEN have proved to be in possession of not only musical openness but also downright bravery on more than one occassion. Despite the valid attempts of numerous critics to proclaim the end of the band at any given time, HELLOWEEN have again and again managed to prove them wrong. At the beginning of the third decade of their existence HELLOWEEN continue to be one of the few German strongholds on the international melodic metal scene while retaining their trademark sound and attitude. The latest offering "Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy" is deliberately placed into the context of their albums from 1987 and 1988 letting the protagonist of "Keeper Of The Seven Keys" Vol. I and II arise once more. Seeing that these classic albums sold well over a quarter million each expectations were unusually high when "... - The Legacy" surfaced late in 2005. HELLOWEEN''s contagious passion, their songwriting skills and their sheer technical brilliance not only met but exceeded these expectations with ease. "... - The Legacy" as a modern speed metal masterpiece proves itself more than worthy of continuing the legend of the Keeper Of The Seven Keys. Moreover, it is more than worthy of continuing the legend that is HELLOWEEN.