NecroWraith , February 11th, How many people are going to press the. Visions is not your typical sugary, squared power metal release, which is catchy and funny to listen just for a couple of times, and then is archived somewhere in your CD collection after its 15 minutes of glory have ceased. Such a beautiful voice, so much soaring emotion, such a powerful delivery and such an accent teehee;-. This track quickly became a fan favourite thanks to its mystifying style.
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The album slowly grew on me after a time, but never to the point of being amazing. Stratovarius had created a very polished, mature, and catchy album of melodic power metal with this album, and it stands as a remarkable feat in their career.
But there is one last gem here, one last miracle from the band’s goldmine of ideas, and it’s the title track. Visions has all those qualities. An strayovarius with one nice midpaced number, the opener, that is held together by the riffs and has a very memorable chorus, maybe for the simple reason that straatovarius doesn’t sound like typical flower metal. The Abyss of Your Eyes follows the trend of The Kiss of Judas, but some clean guitars and vocal performance remembers me of Eternity from the Episode album.
Stratovarius has fit themselves snugly into a mold here, and while the songs are good, none of them seem to stick out from eachother. I almost feel bad for not giving Jari Kainulainen more credit, stratvarius bass has never really stood out to me.
The drums, as expected, are extremely strong, after all Michael is a guarantee behind the drum kit. This hard rock-oriented song, with slight power metal attempts can shock anyone who has a different picture of Stratovarius. The Kiss of Judas, which is Stratovarius’s thrashiest, most riff-laden song; Black Diamond, arguably the most well-known Stratovarius classic featuring a soaring chorus and a baroque-style keyboard opening; Forever Free, the first of the many Stratovarius songs featuring opening riffs so cool that it is absolutely impossible to fuck up the song unless, of course, you’re In Flames ; Legions, a tribute to Stratovarius’s fans that features another set of can-do-no-wrong opening riffs; and Stratovariys Light, a blazing fast instrumental comparable to Stratosphere and, later, Stratofortress.
Therefore, those coming in hope of Timo Tolkki giving us something to headbang to will leave extremely disappointed, though one can’t begrudge him for his leads, which are pretty fiery on the faster numbers, not to mention Jens Johansson blitzing through several of his own on keyboards.
However, he breaks into the chorus with strength. It’s actually a very good power metal album, and Stratovarius set the bar for the scene way back when this was first released in The song that differs from the rest is The Abyss of Your Eyes.
Perhaps this was an influential piece to Sonata Arctica. NecroWraithFebruary 11th, To round out the instrumentalists, Jari Kainulainen is certainly not ignored, though settles far too often for a slightly more uptempo version of the bass riff from ”, meaning that he’s too involved in foot-stomping and not in thinking.
It really shines by its own because of the clean acoustic guitar cameos that precede to a polished performance by Kotipelto. In conclusion, Stratovsrius is a great album, maybe not their best, Dreamspace claims this title, but definitely among their vision moments and it surely demands both your money and attention. Let visiions start of by listing some of the good qualities of this album, and there are plenty. What I must say therefore is that Visions is a great deal less distinctive than those albums that flank it, Episode having greater scope and diversity, while Destiny blows this out of the water in the epic stakes and fixed some of the issues with overlong songs that can be gleaned from the six minute average found here.
Play any moderately heavy song from Silence and then play this. Do check back for the next album too, but I’d say pretty much stop after that, unless you’re absolutely stratovariu to hear the same old stuff over and over again, or don’t mind paying full price for half a decent album. UltraBorisAugust 21st, It is quite nice though it is no match for Tears of Ice.
Especially with this awesome new, improved and heavier guitar tone – perfectly meaty and crunchy, without being excessively distorted and therefore avoiding to sacrifice any of that precious melody we hold so dearly. But their previous album, Visonsjust doesn’t work for me.
There are ten songs in Visions and each one is superb on its own style. Last but not least strattovarius have Visions Southern Crossas foretold, a ten-minute epic, based on the omens and prophecies of Nostradamus. The steady, solid riff of The Kiss of Judas takes over as his betrayal is revealed.
Both fans of standard power metal and progressive and atmospheric music should be satisfied with this little gem stratovarrius is my second favourite record of the Finnish band.
Okay, so where was I, oh yes I was gonna listen to Walls of Jericho to cleanse myself! Despite the flaw of having a few too many visios here that are interchangable with eachother, I can say this is a really solid outing. In fact was one of the most banal albums of the Tolkki era.