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Visions
Visions Stratovarius
Studio album by Stratovarius
Released April 28, 1997[1]
Recorded October 1996 – February 1997 at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki
Genre Power metal, neo-classical metal, heavy metal
Length 61:01[2]
Label Noise
Producer Timo Tolkki
Stratovarius chronology
Episode
(1996)
Visions
(1997)
The Past and Now
(1997)

Visions is the sixth studio album by power metal band Stratovarius, released on 28 April 1997 through Noise Records. The album reached No. 4 on the Finnish albums chart and remained on that chart for 23 weeks.[1] It is a concept album about Nostradamus.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

 Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[3]
Rock Hard 9.5/10[4]

Steve Huey at AllMusic gave Visions four stars out of five, calling it "as ambitious as neoclassical metal gets" and saying "there are some fine moments on the record", but also remarking that "too much of the material sinks under its own weight, particularly the ten-minute title track."[3]

In 2005, the album was ranked No. 297 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listingEdit

All music composed by Timo Tolkki, except where noted.
No. TitleLyrics Length
1. "The Kiss of Judas"  Timo Kotipelto 5:49
2. "Black Diamond"  Kotipelto 5:39
3. "Forever Free"  Kotipelto 6:00
4. "Before the Winter"  Tolkki 6:07
5. "Legions"  Tolkki 5:43
6. "The Abyss of Your Eyes"  Kotipelto 5:38
7. "Holy Light"  (Instrumental) 5:45
8. "Paradise"  Tolkki 4:27
9. "Coming Home"  Tolkki 5:36
10. "Visions (Southern Cross)"  Tolkki 10:17
Total length:
61:01



PersonnelEdit

  • Timo Kotipelto – lead vocals
  • Timo Tolkki – guitar, background vocals, mastering, production
  • Jens Johansson – keyboard, harpsichord
  • Jörg Michael – drums
  • Jari Kainulainen – bass
  • Kimmo Blom – background vocals
  • Marko Vaara – background vocals
  • Richard Johnson – background vocals, lyrical consultation
  • James M. Johnson – spoken vocals
  • Mikko Karmila – engineering, mixing
  • Pauli Saastamoinen – mastering

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Stratovarius - Visions (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  2. Visions (CD release "TT 0031-2").
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Huey, Steve. "Visions - Stratovarius". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  4. Albrecht, Frank. "Stratovarius Visions". (in German). Rock Hard. 120. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  5. [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 94. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.

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