Stratovarius - Visions


8.7 | 661 votes |
Release date: 28 April 1997
Style: Power metal

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01. The Kiss Of Judas
02. Black Diamond
03. Forever Free
04. Before The Winter
05. Legions
06. The Abyss Of Your Eyes
07. Holy Light
08. Paradise
09. Coming Home
10. Visions (Southern Cross)
11. Black Diamond [demo] [Japanese bonus]
12. Uncertainty [live] [Japanese bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1997: 8
Top 200 albums of all time: 173

Line-up
Timo Kotipelto - Vocals
Timo Tolkki - Guitar, backing vocals
Jari Kainulainen - Bass
Jens Johansson - Keyboards
Jörg Michael - Drums

Guest musicians
Kimmo Blom - backing vocals
Richard Johnson - backing vocals
James M. Johnson - voice of Nostradamus

Additional info
Recorded at: Finnvox Studios (Oct 1996 - Feb 1997)
Label: Noise Records
Produced by: Timo Tolkki
Mixed by: Mikko Karmila
Engineered by: Mikko Karmila
Cover by: Andreas Marschall
Logo by: Markus Itkonen
Photography: Dick Lindberg

All Music, melodies and songtitles by: Timo Tolkki
Length: 1:00:59

Concept:
"The Kiss Of Judas" is about Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariotes.
"Black Diamond" is about beauty and eternal love.
"Legions" is a song dedicated to the fans of Stratovarius.
"Paradise" is about ecology and how the world are slowly dying.
"Coming Home" is about returning to home after a long time away.
"Visions (Southern Cross)" is based around prophesies of the fourteenth and fifteenth century prophet Nostradamus.

Some first press CD versions have a hidden enhanced section with the video for "The Kiss of Judas."

Guest review by
R Lewis
Rating:
9.1
In tribute to their nth top quality release, the techno-like Nemesis, I decided to return to the album that made me love Stratovarius, the masterpiece: Visions.

Already quite famous, thanks to the good Episode, the Finnish fivesome improved every aspect of their music: technically, emotionally and on the songwriting level. This album contains many of the songs which became Stratovarius classics, and I relate this with the perfect synergy between the two virtuosos of the band: the ex-genius (sob) Timo Tolkki and Jens Johansson, one of the best - maybe the best - keyboardists ever in the history of power metal. They do not simply work as single elements, but as parts of the same organism: together with some charming intros - see Jens' harpsichord in "Black Diamond" or Timo's killer riff in "Legions" - the two unite themselves in continuous chases during the solos, a Stratovarius trademark that has been imitated, often unsuccessfully, by many bands.

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published 10.03.2013 | Comments (4)

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22.06.2010 - 05:31
Rating: 7
Dangerboner
:D
Has anyone noticed that Paradise sounds exactly the same as 22 Acacia Avenue by Iron Maiden? Well, the beginning at least.

Holy shit I'm posting in a power metal thread what is this I don't even
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22.06.2010 - 06:28
Zuzuz0r
Quote:
"Legions" is a song dedicated to the fans of Stratovarius.


This this the best concept I've ever heard.

Quote:
"Coming Home" is about returning to home after a long time away.


Damn, now I know the real meaning of this song, how stupid I was that I didn't guessed it earlier.
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22.06.2010 - 06:48
Uirapuru
Liver Failure
Written by Zuzuz0r on 22.06.2010 at 06:28

Quote:
"Coming Home" is about returning to home after a long time away.


Damn, now I know the real meaning of this song, how stupid I was that I didn't guessed it earlier.





That was really insightful
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05.02.2011 - 02:44
Asunder
Written by Zuzuz0r on 22.06.2010 at 06:28

Quote:
"Legions" is a song dedicated to the fans of Stratovarius.


This this the best concept I've ever heard.

Quote:
"Coming Home" is about returning to home after a long time away.


Damn, now I know the real meaning of this song, how stupid I was that I didn't guessed it earlier.


Funny how stupid you made yourself look in trying to make someone else look stupid..
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28.07.2012 - 14:34
Pedro Pereira
Written by Dangerboner on 22.06.2010 at 05:31

Has anyone noticed that Paradise sounds exactly the same as 22 Acacia Avenue by Iron Maiden? Well, the beginning at least.

Holy shit I'm posting in a power metal thread what is this I don't even


its the same ahah
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02.10.2012 - 03:40
Rating: 10
Dead Eternity
Stratovarius' best album by far. Highly recommended for any power metal fan!
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03.12.2012 - 08:53
Rating: 8
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
It'd be better if the drummer wasn't riding that one drum piece (snare?) through most of the disc. It got very annoying.
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12.10.2014 - 22:41
Rating: 10
Ørion
One of the best albums I've heard.
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02.07.2015 - 15:41
Rating: 8
Ruchesko
It's always refreshing to find a metal "classic" that actually lives up to its hype.
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