Like many fans, I had no idea what to expect after the departure of Timo Tolkki. However I have to say this is a very good album. They do a good job of mixing up the pace of the album with fast and melodic tracks. Stand outs are Deep Unknown, Higher We Go, and what I think is one of their all time best releases, Forever is Today. Kotipelto is one of the true vocal gems of our time and he shines on this CD.
If you have doubts put them to rest and buy this album, you won’t regret it!
2009 has had three major releases from Edguy, Hammerfall, and now Stratovarius, sending a resounding message to the world that the power of metal is truly unchained.