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Different line up but negligible improvement,
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This review is from: POLARIS (Audio CD)
First of all I am a long standing fan of Stratovarius but for me they lost the plot badly from Elements Part 1 onwards. Seemingly Timo Tolkki was responsible for the unpopular change of direction so I had been looking forward to 'Polaris'.
I was fortunate to see a great live display from the new line up in London recently.
However the new cd is overall pretty awful. There are a few decent high tempo trademark songs but it has far too many fillers / ballads.
Stratovarius are supposed to be a high energy rock band (melodic power metal if you prefer) so why does 50% of "Polaris" contain exceedingly boring ballads. The last 4 or 5 tracks must be the worst they have ever recorded.
I buy a lot of cds in this genre and can't think of any other band that would even dare to put out a cd with so many ballads.
Clearly the new line up are not capable of writing the type of songs that Stratovarius wrote when at their best.
I strongly suggest you avoid this cd and buy the 1st Revolution Renaissance cd instead (Sammet and Kiske on voclas) which is Timo Tolkki's new band. Given my reservations about Timo Tolkki I had zero expectations for Revolution Renaissance but it came highly recommended so I took a chance and it's exactly what Stratovarius fans have been waiting about 9 years for - it's great.
But the recently released follow up with a different line up is awful. Like going from 'Visions' to 'Elements' if you get my drift.