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Stratovarius Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000007URG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Kiss of Judas
2. Black Diamond
3. Forever Free
4. Before the Winter
5. Legions
6. The Abyss of Your Eyes
7. Holy Light
8. Paradise
9. Coming Home
10. Visions (Southern Cross)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class flowing power rock 10 May 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Drawing on the best of the melodic power rock bands such as Rainbow, Judas Priest and Yngwie Malmsteen, Stratovarius play powerful, musically complex yet driving rock and they do it very well. The guitarist Timo Tolki certainly hasn't neglected his practice and burns up the fretboard very effectively without taking over the songs. Tired of ultra hard riff based rock? Try a band that can really play and aren't afraid of letting classical influences show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Stratovarius' best 8 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
From first to last, this album does not fail to please. I agree with the reviewer before me that this album has great choruses, but that's not all. The guitars and keyboards are both really great and both fit together really well. The solos are epic!

Black Diamond is not the magnum opus of this album. Forever Free, Visions (Southern Cross) and Legions all beat it. They're all Stratovarius classics. Visions is amazing! It has loads of Nostradamus quotes in it.

Coming Home and Before The Winter are both great ballads, but Coming Home more so than Before The Winter. Before The Winter lags a bit at times. They're both related to each other I think. Before the Winter is about a guy leaving his girlfriend/wife to go away to fight in a war, and he'll be back before the winter. In Coming Home, well... He's coming home :D. I think somewhere in Coming Home I heard the Before The Winter melody played in the background, I'll have to listen again...

If not for the truly amazing songs on here, then buy it for the album art! I assure you, the cover looks 10 times better in real life than it does on the computer. It took my break away when I first got it, and it still does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stratovarius - Visions 27 Jun 2014
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Visions is the sixth full-length studio album by the Finish Power Metal band Stratovarius. It was released in 1997 on Noise Records and self-produced by the band’s guitarist/mastermind Timo Tolkki.

The style on music found here is speedy, soaring, upbeat Melodic Power Metal with constant double kicks, plentiful guitar solos, and a prominent keyboardist who doesn’t just take on a background role (Jens Johansson of Yngwie Malmsteen fame).

The album opens with the excellent, concert-favourite tracks “Black Diamond” and “The Kiss Of Judas.” If you wonder whether or not to try out the album, or even the band, then these are songs that you may want to preview first.

Similarly excellent, is the brilliant “Legions” which sounds at first almost identical to Queensr’che’s “Queen Of The Reich” before veering off on a tangent into that quintessentially European “Glorious/Victorious” feeling, and becomes more of its own song. Singer Timo Kotipelto’s vocals on this track are incredible.

There’s also a fair bit of variety on the album; for example “Paradise” is fun and bouncy, “Holy Light” is a virtuosic instrumental track and there’s also the strong, tasteful power ballad “Coming Home.” The album’s other Power Ballad, “Before The Winter” shows large tendencies towards 1970s Progressive Rock and points towards the direction that the band would take on their Elements Part 1 and Part 2 albums.

The album ends with the 10-minute title track, which is a multifaceted gem with acoustic parts, choral parts, speedy stereotypically Power Metal sections and slower moody sections. It pretty much mixes everything from the album thus far into one single song.

The standard of musicianship, songwriting and production are all top notch on this record, everything is very tight and there is no filler. This is a very strong album for Stratovarius and a good choice to start your collection with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of the melodic power metal genre. 10 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
there is ALOT of average power metal out there, many of them heavily influenced by this release. Now although they themselves may be average, this album is anything but.

In here you will find fantastic soaring choruses, so uplifting in nature that youll find yourself actually smiling (whether you know it or not) as you listen.

The musicianship and songwriting is truely top notch, Tolkki is on fine form.

This really is a mandatory release for ANY melodic power metal fan, possibly the finest album of the genre in general and certainly the finest CD of this genre that strato ever released.

absolutley fan-happy-tastic

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