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Stratovarius - Infinite Review

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Artist: Stratovarius

Album: Infinite

Released: 2000

A mixture of styles and genres: Melodic Power Metal

Review:

I won't lie, I expected this album very much, since Stratovarius is among my alltime favorite bands. I didn't like much their previous "Destiny" album, I haven't even got it in my CD collection, and I was a bit afraid that guys could come back to "Destiny" sounds. I was mistaken - the new album is some kind of compilation of "Fourth Dimension" + "Episode" + "Visions" + some new features. The sound is perfectly clear, tight and mighty. Vocals of Mr. Kotipelto are mighty and beautiful as always and even better :), keyboards are perfect as well as guitars (Mr. Tolkki uses some new additions to his guitar), bass and drums. You can even hear the choirs and real orchestra melodies. Musically album sounds very powerful, melodic, mostly fast'n'speedy, but sometimes slow'n'depressive. Songs were written not only by Mr. Tolkki but even by Mr. Johansson. Lyrically this album is dedicated to "Independence, Ecology and Religion" as Mr. Tolkki has said in one of his interviews.

The only weakness of this album is that guys too often turn their minds to ideas that were already used on their previous albums. My version of the CD contains 2 beautiful bonus-tracks, which, I suppose, are available in Europe.

Highly recommended CD for all metal fans.

Summary:
Vocals:10.00 of 10
Instruments:10.00 of 10
Skill:10.00 of 10
Originality:8.00 of 10
TOTAL:9.5 of 10

Reviewed by: Artyom 'Sava' /01.06.2000/



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