Helloween are arguably the most important originators of European power metal, which is probably my favorite variety of metal. Their finest album is arguably 1988’s Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part II, (which some say is the best metal album of 1988), and this classic track, “March of Time,” is one of the best ones from it. Few songs have ever more vividly illustrated the vocal and guitar talent of a band, and the possibilities of the genre that they helped invent. Helloween is still going strong today (with inevitable line-up changes, of course), and this remains one of the staples of their set.

I was thinking about this song today because of its lyrics. I’ve spent the week polishing up the manuscript of my book The Valley of Forever, which is about the nature of time; this song was ringing in my head several times this week.

This particular performance was given at Wacken Open Air 2011. I was in the audience–if I recall correctly I was on the raised platform at the center of the field for at least part of this set.

Have a terrific weekend, and Shabbat Shalom! \m/

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