stratovarius elysium

Its a strange world.. Advertise on Metal Storm. Bands alphabetical country genre Labels alphabetical country Reviews R. It sounds good, and in choruses there’s nothing wrong with it. This sort of jokes has been used in reviews with positive ratings about albums of completely different metal subgenres

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If that’s even possible.

I do think giving someone who has a very obvious dislike for a certain genre, an album from said genre to review is a bit stupid and counter-productive. I am not Malevolent, I simply am! Theres a lot of bands that just don’t cut that fine line.

Unlike Polaris which contains some of Stratovarius’ best songs “Deep Unknown”, “Falling Star”, “King Of Nothing”, “Winter Skies”but also had its share of mediocre moments “Blind”, “Higher We Go”Elysium on the other hand starts with the fairly good “Darkest Hours” and continues to impress me with each passing track.

Mercifully, the titular track is completely listenable, featuring some really emotive and powerful guitar playing, on top of one of the best vocal performances of Kotipelto’s not-insignificant career.

Still this album sounded very unimpressive. Advertisement Advertise on MS. After the very weak and annoying “Polaris” I expected the worst and wasn’t sure if the band would be able to carry on writing amazing albums without the mastermind Timo Tolkki. I don’t think Doc or anyone else for that matter should be criticised merely for voicing their opinion. The guitars are the real surprise here.


Or you kill yourself. The album is as solid as it gets. The crown jewel of course is the solo starting around 2: USA Long time fan of Stratovarius.

Stratovarius – Elysium Review

AnalogKidJanuary 15th, Originally published at http: Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. People really need to learn to not take every damn line in a review so personally. Events Now online Today. The songwriting is rock solid, the performances are all great and stratovaeius are just some really great songs on here.

In this uncharted territory the band has drifted into, they certainly have done very well for themselves. This album, Elyisium, blows them all away like dead leaves in the wind. But while Polaris was a very direct affair with occasional nods to prog metal, Elysium does have a noticeably more progressive feel. And I am sure that the song and even the album itself will still grow on me in the future.

UK Not really listened to any Stratovarius since Elements Strativarius 2, might have to sfratovarius this out though! Second album for these venerable Finns after the exodus of resident crackpot Timo Tolkki.

Stratovarius – Elysium Review

This record is a fond one for me to look back on, as it was one of the first 10 metal albums I ever purchased. UK Written by Dark Blood on There’s a lot of maturity in the songwriting, with ample prudence. The hatred towards one of metals most popular and established genres is tiresome.


I love this album and I really hope that Stratovarius continues to build upon this new direction they seem to be moving in and make the next album even better!

Instead of doing minute long intros like many other so called progressive bands would do, the band kicks off with a catchy riff and leads us from one great melody to the other and the eighteen minutes pass quite fast and are surprisingly entertaining. I felt that the previous album had a few stronger songs at the fore and then drifted off into lollipop land, but this one only rarely dips its scrotum into the candy, with the weakest material only coming in at the final third.

Weighing in at just over 18 minutes, this song is a journey which wraps up the album as a whole and makes me wonder if this whole thing is meant to be a loose concept. I got my hands on a copy of this CD and I was impressed by how this, to my ears at the time, seemed to be a combination of what I had heard from Maiden and Symphony X.