I really have to say that I don't think anyone else can blow away the typical metal stereotypes as good as these guys can. Only recently did I come across Stratovarius, and now I am a huge fan of theirs.
Beautiful melodies and harmonies, fused with high-flying vocals, and amazing neoclassical guitar shred... I really can't ask for more! Like with alot of their albums, some of the songs are really fast and energetic, while others are nice and steady, yet still full of sheer power and emotion. They might not be the most original band in the world, but they are definitely not one of those bands where every one of their songs sound the same. They are what they are, and they are experts at it.
From reading the one-star reviews, all I am getting is that people are just too picky about them not being as much like other bands (i.e. Helloween, Gamma Ray, or Rhapsody of Fire) as they would like them to be. To those people, all I have to say is this: Get over yourselves, and give credit where credit is due! Just accept these guys for what they are, and don't try to make them something they're not.
Overall, this album is epically amazing, and deserves to be in the collection of anyone who has what might be called a soul. So I beg of all those people immersed in the corruptive, brainwashing influence of today's American popular culture: Please go and throw away all those Nickelback, Fall Out Boy, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park CDs, and get to know Stratovarius for some REAL, honest music.
- Audio CD (29 April 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Nems
- ASIN: B000007URG
- Other Editions: Audio CD
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