Proving Power Metal is still vital and get better each decade!
Few bands with the intensity of Stratovarius can release a handful of
unique, haunting albums over the course of their careers, this type of
powerful melodic music is hard to keep fresh and intense. Stratovarius,
however, has proven that it can be done, and with this newest studio
album, "Eternal". The band, formed in 1984 in Finland, are still hailed as
one of the God-Fathers of Power Metal, and rightly so.
The first track, "My Eternal Dream" comes at you hard and heavy. Big
guns blazing, grabbing your attention and reminded you why this band has
been successful for over 30 years. Playing time is over 6 minutes, but,
honestly, they needed every second to complete the song's journey.
Signature guitar riffs and beautifully haunting vocals stick with the listener
long after the song ends. The same can be said about the final track, "The
Lost Saga" with an end time just a smidge over 12 minutes.
The band gifted the music world with a few tasty almost techno inspired
songs on this album, lending to the rejuvenated feel this album exudes.
The track titled "Man in the Mirror" is thought provoking and poignant, as is
"Lost Without a Trace".
The stand out song on "Eternal" is track #9, "Fire in your Eyes". Yes, it is a ballad, yes it is
sweet and sentimental and yes it kicks fanny perpendicular. The song
never crosses the thin line between a deep soul touching 80's feel slow
song, and over saturated sap cloned hair metal slop so many bands try to
seduce their more sentimental listeners with. Lyrics like "Somehow it is
worth it, when I see the fire light up in your eyes", make the listener catch
their breath and possibly day dream of a long ago love that use to invoke
feelings like are described in this song.
Overall, this album is a pleaser of the masses. Long time, dedicated fans
who bought the first Stratovarious album, "Fright night" in 1989, and the
newbie fans that are still wet behind the ears, will both be more than
satisfied with what their favorite Finnish Melodic Metal band has released
on this LP. ~Skullgurl Metalchick~
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