|Review: Stratovarius - Infinite|
Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2000
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: April 1, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.64/5 (72.8%) (25 Votes)
I was a bit hesitant as to whether I would give this album a 3.5 or a 4, finally went for 3.5 after listening to it another time The album starts with the excellent Hunting High And Low, that some have qualified to be "radio-friendly". Well, maybe, and I wish it would air on the radio, because it sure as hell beats anything that plays on the radio here!
Where I started "disliking" the album is with the third song, Mother Gaïa, a ballad with a duration of 8:20. Waaaay too long if you ask me. Not that the song isn't good, but they could have cut it in half. The last song of the album, Celestial Dream, would be alright if it followed a fast song, but it is preceded by Infinity, which is kind of a semi-ballad so you end up stuck with a 12-minutes mostly slow ending. So a 50-minutes album with almost 20 minutes in ballads, I personally think this is exaggerated.
Overall the album has the quality we have come to expect from Stratovarius. I just wish they would have cut on the ballads a little, or distributed it a bit more evenly on the album. Those parts just end up sounding really boring after some time. Fortunately, the rest of the album sounds great, with Hunting High And Low and Phoenix being my favorite songs on the album. A little overuse of the keyboards here and there, this seems to have become a trend lately. A very good power metal album, a must for power metal fans. But this won't be my album of the year.
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