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  • I’ll keep this review short and to the point, seeing as how I don’t listen to this record all too often. Stratovarius, hailing from Finland, are one of the most well-known acts in the power metal scene. Forming in the mid-80s, they released a long string of albums beginning with Fright Night (1989). Visions is their sixth (if I am correct) album, released in 1997 under Modern Music. Highlights include opener “The Kiss of Judas”, anthemic single “Black Diamond”, the vocal-driven “Forever Free”, chilling ballad “Before the Winter” and the fast headbanger “Legions”. The album features energetic riffs and killer solos from Timo Tolkki, some insane drumming from Jorg Michael, complemented by Timo Kotipelto’s soaring voice. Although I think Kotipelto’s vocals could have been a little better, and some songs too, Visions is a great metal album reinventing the classic style of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Check it out if you’re into this genre, especially for fans of Hammerfall and Sonata Arctica.


    Posted on January 15, 2010