a few years with all sorts of turmoil in the Stratovarius camp, they
return - a thing not many fans could even hope for at one moment -
with their 11th studio album, simply entitled: "Stratovarius".
And they return with the same line-up, which recorded the recent
albums, another thing many wouldn't have thought! However Jari
Kainulainen has left the band after they had completed the recording
of this album. So they return as strong as ever with a proven line-up,
but has the few years of frustration had any impact on the music?
to some degree it has. You still get your traditional Stratovarius
head bangers, epic songs and ballads, but for some strange reason the
album starts off with a very simple and actually bad song, which also
happens to be the first single; "Maniac Dance" - one of the
weakest songs they've written in a very long time, second song
"Fight!!!" is only a fraction better, so the album kicks off
in the worst way!
no worries - because the rest of the album has all the qualities fans
love in Stratovarius! 7 very good to excellent songs from the pen of
Timo Tolkki & co. And with "The Land of Ice and Snow"
they've written perhaps the best ballad in their entire career!
to have Stratovarius back in full strength, and I am sure fans will
forgive the hick-ups in the beginning of this album, so I suggest you
get this album as soon as possible, put it in you CD-player, skip the
first 2 songs and press play!
Recommended tracks: Songs 3 to 9!