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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000PFU6SG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A power metal band from Finland who've been recording since 1989 and have featured on numerous compilations and tributes to Judas Priest and Dio.
Sounding like a blend of Helloween with a hint of Manowar and with Rainbow as one of their major influences, the band are masters at mixing pomp & power metal with Nordic overtones. The comparisons with Helloween are justified with many facets of that band's musical style obvious here, particularly speed metal with melodic high pitched vocals & intrumental breaks ('No Turning Back' and parts of 'Destiny').
Favouring elaborate production (featuring choirs, harpsichords and strings) and keyboards, there is enough originality (though barely at times!) to stop them just being another Helloween sound-alike.
Highly Recommended, especially for Helloween fans.
Highlights: the lengthy title track - a work of epic sounding proportions with different paced phases ranging from the choirboys in the introduction, speed power metal to power ballad; the power metal rocker and single 'SOS' (with yet more choirboys!); the outstanding (and epic sounding) power metal ballad '4000 Rainy Nights'; the power ballad 'Years Go By' with string section accompanyment; the metal rocker 'Playing With Fire' with a chorus that wouldn't be out of place on a AOR song!; the metal power ballad 'Venus..' featuring more strings; the excellent 'Anthem Of The World' featuring different paced sections ranging from the anthemic string section enhanced riff & choirs to speed power metal.
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By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 April 2015
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The Finnish Power Metal legends Stratovarius released their seventh full-length album, Destiny, on Noise Records in 1998. It was produced by the band’s own mastermind guitarist Timo Tolkki. The album feels a little overlooked within the band’s discography, wedged as it is comfortably between the much more famous Visions and Infinite albums from ’97 and 2000.

This album, stylistically is more or less exactly what you’d expect for an album wedged between those albums. You have things on here that bring to mind your ‘Black Diamond’s and things that bring to mind your ‘Hunting High And Low’s. If you can imagine a halfway point between those two albums this one is a pretty close resemblance to that halfway point. There is also quite a notable Queensryche influence on this one (on a few tracks), which isn’t there so much on other Stratovarius records, making Destiny stand out a bit.

If I was to describe the album, the immediate words that come to mind are ‘Toe-Tapping’ which might not exactly sound like what you want from a Heavy Metal album but I mean it in the most complimentary way possible (maybe the toe tapping is just air-drumming the kick pedals?) as the songs are so pleasant, catchy and enjoyable. They are the definition of smooth, easily digestible Melodic European Power Metal, delightfully topped with Jens Johansson’s distinctive keyboard skills. There are some progressive moments and inventive structures on there sure, but a large majority of the record is just that simple, clean, melodic and driving style of the best Stratovarius singles. It’s a remarkably consistent and high quality affair where no song is too obnoxious, there are no moments that feel too cheesy and nothing that feels like a ‘skip-button-magnet.
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This has to be the best album from Stratovarius. Full of beautifull chorus, powerfull double-bass drumming, keyboards by the master Jens Johansson and stunning guitar riffs. Starts with the 10minute, epic self-titled song, wich has excellent choirs, lyrics, keyboards and changes from speedy riff metal to operatic ballad on the last 4-5 minutes. Other highlights include ofcourse S.O.S., the powerfull No Turning Back, the ballad 4000Rainy Nights and my personal favourite 'Anthem of the World' which has a beautiful sing-along chorus that will stuck on your head for daaays..... Sing the Anthem of the World, But will we ever learn, To control our hate and to forgiiiiiive. PERFECTION
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