After a surprising resurgence following 1996's The Time of the Oath, Helloween continued to expand and enrich their patented power metal, and while 2000's The Dark Ride might lack some of the youthful exuberance of the group's seminal '80s recordings, there are still many fine songs and fiery performances to be appreciated on this late-career gem from the influential German group. While the extreme guitar solos and overall precision of The Dark Ride will surely capture the ears of first-time listeners, it's the massive production and songwriting cohesiveness that will hook metal fans of discerning taste. As usual with this kind of release, there are some tedious and overwrought lyrics, but these things have to be accepted if one is to try and appreciate any power metal offering. Standouts include the detuned "I Live for Your Pain" with its inventive riffing and the epic closers "Immortal (Stars)" and "The Dark Side." Throughout The Dark Ride, and on the last two cuts especially, Helloween proves their historic value by delivering a critical combination that metal bands generally fail to even approximate: that is, high melodicism and sonic excess combined to form a kind of power through isolation. Difficult to explain perhaps, but metal fans know it when they hear it, and they hear it often when listening to Helloween. While not the best this band has to offer, The Dark Ride is still better than nine out of ten metal discs in any subgenre, from any era.
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Performance CreditsHelloween Primary Artist
Markus Grosskopf Bass
Michael Weikath Guitar
Andi Deris Vocals
Roland Grapow Guitar
Uli Kusch Drums
Jorn Ellerbrock Keyboards
Billy King Background Vocals
Rolf Köhler Background Vocals
Technical CreditsRoy Z Producer,Engineer
Charly Bauerfeind Producer,Engineer
Rainer Laws Illustrations
Gisbert Royder Art Direction
Charlie Bauerfield Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Dark Ride based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ever since former Pink Cream 69 lead vocalist, Andi Deris has joined Helloween back in 1994, Helloween has been releasing their greatest albums ever and the streak of masterpieces continues onward with "The Dark Ride." This is by far the darkest and most aggressive album by Helloween and it is excellent to say the very least! From beggining to end be prepared to be blasted away by heavy songs with sonic fury that simply cannot be matched. "Escalation 666" is likely the heaviest tune of the album with a very in-your-face verse along with a superb, rather melodic chorus. Another of my favorites from this masterpiece is definetly "If I Could Fly" which in my opinion is one of the greatest Helloween songs to date. It's full of melody and keeps the aggressive edge...just insanely awesome. My other favorite track on the album is the epic "Immortal." Starts off slow and gets heavier as the song progresses, but keeps that VERY melodic sense which makes me shiver anytime the chorus takes place. I have listened to this album an innumerable amount of times and I'm not even near being sick of it, which is a testament to it's longevity. This is one of the greatest Heavy Metal albums ever and by far one of Helloween's greatest efforts. You need this album in your Heavy Metal collection...trust me!
Helloween is back-even stronger and more powerful than before. This CD is a must for every Heavy Metal fan. I love it!