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.