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| ||Stratovarius Nemesis|
For better or for worse, Stratovarius are all over the place on Nemesis. The album itself is cohesive, but compared to previous releases, there are a host of bizarre qualities to make note of (see "Halcyon Days" for one example). I welcome the chances taken here, because when it clicks it clicks like modern power metal should. However, if you're anything like me, this will just as quickly be followed by disinterest in the album. Keep an open mind and you should walk away pleased.
| ||Stratovarius Elysium|
Elysium is an interesting affair in that we get almost as many engaging moments as we do points that just fall flat. There's never an exceedingly bad moment here per se, but even with an 18-minute epic, the entire affairs feels less fulfilling you'd expect.
| ||Stratovarius Infinite|
A definitive entry for both Stratovarius and power metal, Infinite makes its case by expressing multiple strengths with focus. There's nary a moment that feel too indulgent, and the album's production still holds up today, making it an easy recommendation for metal completionists.
| ||Borknagar Winter Thrice|
Winter Thrice feels like it's trying to replicate the effects of being in a blizzard; stylistically all over the place, particularly chilling in a swarming way, and discontent to stick with one particular tug of the wind for too long. There's a lot to take in, and the album remains enjoyable, it's just that it may be too overzealous for its own good.
| ||Megadeth Dystopia|
Enough chugs to fuel a lifetime supply of Hummers.
| ||Avantasia Ghostlights|
Where did this come from? I've normally given Avantasia little thought; their music is often of the overly whimsical blend of power metal. Ghostlists is a considerably different affair, with weight and merit to help realize Tobias Sammet's ideas. It's like experiencing The Black Halo for the first time over again, except here there's more variety and consistency. Oh, and it's damn addicting.
| ||Dream Theater The Astonishing|
Were it not for the fact LaBrie puts on a good performance, I'd say I hope they released this as an instrumental album.
|Piripichotes Yeah I did, a lot! Powermetal has been so stale lately, I was hugely disappointed by the new Kamelot, although I thought it's a step in the right direction... I had lots of fun with the latest Evergrey release though....|
|Piripichotes Yo! I gave ghostlights a listen, really good stuff, I think it's right there with metal opera 1, only more mature and a bit less cheesy! |
|Piripichotes Thanks for the info on the new Avantasia bruv! much appreciated!|
|Titan nice review on the astonishing........and i enjoy a decent chunk of it.....but you were spot on with many accounts|
|scottpilgrim10 Well that's good, ODESZA was kinda boring so I'd recommend starting out with the classics of the genre|