Stratovarius
Infinite


4.5
superb

Review

by King Henry VIII USER (63 Reviews)
April 21st, 2012 | 12 replies | 4,020 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An underrated classic within Stratovarius's catalog.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Stratovarius’s engines started to pick up pace when Timo Tolkki decided to quit vocal duties to focus more on his guitar virtuosity in the early/mid 90’s, and pick up a lead vocalist. The new vocalist, Timo Kotipelto, was the WD-40 that helped lube up the gears that rolled their success slick, and smooth. Only until the Element albums which showed signs of rust in the groups song writing ability. Until their self-titled album which showed their audience the corrosion that started to form after the Infinite sessions.

Well, it’s safe to say that Infinite is an underrated classic in Stratovarius’s catalog by all means. It’s also obvious to the listener that this is also the last album until they started to hit the plateau affect. I hope my rust analogy proved my point earlier based on their lag in the early/mid-2000s.
Some may be wondering, “Why is this album a classic, dear sir?” For starters Tolkki shows his awesome neo-classical shredding abilities, which are more prevalent after the epic ballad, Mother Gaia. On a side note, Mother Gaia seems to be a bit of disappointment with the lack of any sort of amazing solos from either Timo or Jens. It seriously could’ve had more improv to the epilogue solo to conclude a song that clocked in at 8:18, because they really built up a climax that had a downfall on an ending, but instead we get a very small idea that's dragged into an extensive repetitiveness.

Like I was saying before Timo and Jens pick up after Mother Gaia with their signature sound in their solos that have influenced many bands today. Surprisingly enough there’s a bass… that’s audible… to a degree. Another great contributor that also steps up the beat in a lot of songs is Mr. Jörg Michael himself. His drumming is seriously overlooked and passed around like Aletta Ocean. Onward to Kotipelto’s vocal performance… well, to be honest, it seems to me like some of his vocals can be a mixed bag for the listener if they're not used to the high pitched power metal vocal ranges; songs like Freedom can show you what I mean. Don’t get me wrong or anything Kotipelto executes his vocal duties very well; no off key singing. It just depends on how you personally feel with power metal vocals. And if you do enjoy Infinite after the first listen or so, you’ll sooner or later start singing along to the choruses of Hunting High and Low, Glory to the World, Millennium, Phoenix, and A Million Light Years Away.

Before you know it you’re at the end of the album. This closes the album off with the epic self-titled that ultimately finishes with a ballad, Celestial Dream. With the could’ve, would’ve, should’ve epic ballad that was Mother Gaia, the listener should be pleased with the finale of an epic that is Infinite that draws the listener in with extensive solos from both Timo and Jens, a powerful chorus that will be echoed through your memories when listening, and overall song writing that is hard to compete with. Which really made up for the lack of anything interesting that came from the previous epic.

Unfortunately, this is Stratovarius's truly last album that is completely worth the listen as a full. Thankfully, ever since 2009's Polaris got these guys back on track even with the absence of Timo Tolkki, the sole musical genius that helped Stratovarius differ from so many other power metal bands. As a conclusion Infinite is at least a solid 4/5.

Pros:
*remembered song writing/catchy songs
*excellent solos from Timo and Jens
*A Million Light Years Away!!!!!!!

Negatives: There weren't really any, but Mother Gaia could've been better.



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FictionalFlames
April 20th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Well, I finally decided to contribute to this website.


And this is my first review, so go easy on me. Any constructive criticism is welcomed.

KjSwantko
April 21st 2012



9249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

opening track is catchy

KjSwantko
April 21st 2012



9249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea really boring overall but they have some sick PM tracks

scissorlocked
April 21st 2012



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this one one of the first albums I bought when I was 12 or something

has some really good songs- Hunting high and low and A Million Lightyears Away were classic hits

Digging: Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited

The7thVermicide
April 21st 2012



925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Infinity is one of the best ever written , hunting high and low is sweet , my only complain is mother gaia

The7thVermicide
April 21st 2012



925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

By the way ,elements 1 is really good ,they began to make shitty albums since elements part 2

Dreamflight
April 21st 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ ^

Yea Elements is fucking great.

Mother Gaia and Infinite rule here.


FictionalFlames
April 21st 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Systemunfolded seems like a grammar Nazi.

Thanks for the advice.

rockandmetaljunkie
April 21st 2012



3302 Comments


Props for reviewing this. Have a pos.

FictionalFlames
April 21st 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

^ thanks man! you should seriously check out this album out.

Ending
April 21st 2012



1892 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Systemunfolded seems like a grammar Nazi.


Not a grammar Nazi so much as a constructive critic. He's not really condoning you, just pointing out
some less professional or formal tidbits which would sound either more professional or formal if
worded differently. Based on your "thanks" I believe you understand this too, but I just felt like
making sure haha.

Otherwise good first.

Thunderkat
April 1st 2014



503 Comments


Glory Of The World slays



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