Stratovarius
Elysium


3.0
good

Review

by GravityHurts USER (1 Reviews)
August 16th, 2013 | 3 replies | 401 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album summarizes Stratovarius' work almost perfectly; Generic, with a few incredible standouts.

0 of 2 thought this review was well written

This album, I felt, was far beneath what Stratovarius is capable of, which is a shame, seeing as some of the materials they used to write was some of the best power metal, in my opinion, in existence. The whole album seemed rather generic and bland, which I am sadly coming to expect from power metal in general.

I do think that there is one song that stands out as one of Stratovarius' greatest works to date, and yes, that is the title track, Elysium. It's almost twenty minutes long, it's a big, sprawling mess, and it seems like it should be chopped up into anywhere from 3-5 songs, but damn it, it's just that good. And for people like me, who just love those artsy, bohemian, 20-minute "2112" imitations, this is one of those songs you could play for an hour straight and not get tired of, for two reasons; First, it is what Freddie Mercury would have written if he toured with Dream Theater (and I do think Dream Theater would have proudly made this a title track if they had written it). Secondly, after playing it for an hour straight, you will find that you have only played it three times.

All in all, a pretty flat album with one (maybe two) standouts. I give the good rating because the title track alone was simply THAT good, and that's a good chunk of the album.


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other reviews of this album
lak89 (3.5)
Not quite there yet, but Elysium proves that there is life after Tolkki....

Mike Stagno EMERITUS (3)
While Elysium is not quite a return to form, Stratovarius seem to be moving in the right direction....


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SitarHero
August 16th 2013



4605 Comments


Better or worse than the movie?

TheDerpFapTable
August 16th 2013



31 Comments


Elysium has a sick, epic track which is the best thing they have made recently. But this album
doesn't have the magic of their older albums. Review is lame and I'm sure he is not into
power metal, maybe he has only heard dragonforce in guitar hero to say that all power metal is bland (
he doesn't know anything about hibria, angra, kamelot, theocracy, iced earth and armored saint)

pizzamachine
August 16th 2013



12571 Comments


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