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Stratovarius – Visions

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So at the time that this album came out in 1997 I had already started my littleStratovarius-Visions1997 online  record store called Acacia Music that mostly sold stuff on eBay and on my old website.  I was buying most of my stuff from metal Blade and Century Media directly as they were able to get good priced metal imports to me at wholesale prices.  I got to know these guys pretty well and went to LA in Sept/97 to visit with both companies.  It was a wonderful experience and I got turned on to a lot of newer bands via that business.

Stratovarius was one of those bands.

While all of their albums are pretty consistent, Visions is the one for me.  I really don’t need anything else by them except maybe the corresponding live album which is also pretty awesome.

There’s nothing that I can really sad negative about Visions.  It’s powerful.  It’s emotional.  It’s heavy.  It’s tasteful.  I would rank this the best euro-power metal album of the 90s easily with Helloween being the best of the 80s.

DeLeon

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Who?

Exactly.

An acquaintance of mine sent me the link to this now-defunct northern California band that put a demo out called “The New Breed” in 1991. People send me links to bands all the time and 99% of it is not to my liking. This is a bit different.

I don’t know much about them except that their singer replaced Carl Albert (ex-Vicious Rumors) in his old band Villain. It’s obvious they hit the scene a little too late as corporate music (radio/MTV) were putting radio friendly grunge on the radio and not so much metal.

Anyway, check it out. It’s good! Power/Prog type stuff but not over the top.

DOWNLOAD HERE.

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September 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm