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Reviews of Elysium

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Post by RazielSR » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:06 pm

Rage1979 wrote: Nice review here!
Nice¿? It is a completely stupid and nonsense review. Not because say good or bad things, just because it's all nonsense (well, like almost all reviews).
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Post by ggonza43 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:35 pm

I demand Raziel's review! He sure knows how to critizise music (in a good way 8))
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Re: Reviews of Elysium

Post by Rage1979 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:36 pm

RazielSR wrote:
Rage1979 wrote: Nice review here!
Nice¿? It is a completely stupid and nonsense review. Not because say good or bad things, just because it's all nonsense (well, like almost all reviews).
What part of this review is stupid?

I agree most of it.

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Post by Arnold Layne » Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:20 pm

Rage1979 wrote:
RazielSR wrote:
Rage1979 wrote: Nice review here!
Nice¿? It is a completely stupid and nonsense review. Not because say good or bad things, just because it's all nonsense (well, like almost all reviews).
What part of this review is stupid?

I agree most of it.
LOL!

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Post by eternity_strato » Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:27 pm

Arnold Layne wrote:
Rage1979 wrote:
RazielSR wrote:
Rage1979 wrote: Nice review here!
Nice¿? It is a completely stupid and nonsense review. Not because say good or bad things, just because it's all nonsense (well, like almost all reviews).
What part of this review is stupid?

I agree most of it.
LOL!

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LOL!

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Post by ggonza43 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:58 pm

Impressive review, overall out of 10 how would you qualify this album? I'd also like to contribute with one or two thoughts I had while reading it: I would compare "Move The Mountain" with songs like "Years Go By", and even "Coming Home" from which I've found strong similarities with MTM (Also "The Land Of Ice And Snow", but I think they have a different atmosphere and feeling while playing them). And also, am I the only who thinks that the sustained note TK sings at 10:40 of "Elysium" is one of the longest and best made since the last chorus of "Shattered"? For those who still claim that TK has lost it, you should start listening to this album: The improvement in his voice is considerably marvelous
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Post by Arnold Layne » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:45 pm

eternity_strato wrote:
Arnold Layne wrote:
Rage1979 wrote:
RazielSR wrote:
Rage1979 wrote: Nice review here!
Nice¿? It is a completely stupid and nonsense review. Not because say good or bad things, just because it's all nonsense (well, like almost all reviews).
What part of this review is stupid?

I agree most of it.
LOL!

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LOL!

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Huh?

Who do you think you're talking to?

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Post by AAAAAAAAAA » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:59 pm

Agreed, very good review!
Apparently in New-Strato World, mountains are the perfect topic for ballads
:lol: :lol:
The typical filler song lyrics must include references to mountains (usually falling, moving, towering or occasionally standing still and just being majestic), hills (and running to them), and valleys (that may or may not be "of the damned").

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Post by ggonza43 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:01 am

AAAAAAAAAA wrote:...hills (and running to them)...
Maiden has made the only succesful song about running to a hill...Who on Earth would think a hill is good for a song :??
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Post by AAAAAAAAAA » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:06 am

ggonza43 wrote:
AAAAAAAAAA wrote:...hills (and running to them)...
Maiden has made the only succesful song about running to a hill...Who on Earth would think a hill is good for a song :??
Explain to me why a mountain is so much more spectacular and deserving of a song, than a hill. :roll:

All geological landforms are equal in my eyes! :)

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Post by ggonza43 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:08 am

Mountains are taller. Period
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Post by Arkash » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:12 am

Great review!! Cant wait for the 14th!!!!
Through the storms we've wandered
Many mountains we have climbed
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Post by eternity_strato » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:00 am

Arnold Layne wrote:
eternity_strato wrote:
Arnold Layne wrote:
Rage1979 wrote:
RazielSR wrote:
Rage1979 wrote: Nice review here!
Nice¿? It is a completely stupid and nonsense review. Not because say good or bad things, just because it's all nonsense (well, like almost all reviews).
What part of this review is stupid?

I agree most of it.
LOL!

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LOL!

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Huh?

Who do you think you're talking to?

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Who crapped in your cornflakes?

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Post by ggonza43 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:07 am

Would you 3 stop it for Christ sake?!
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Post by Rebel » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:14 am

ggonza43 wrote:
Impressive review, overall out of 10 how would you qualify this album? I'd also like to contribute with one or two thoughts I had while reading it: I would compare "Move The Mountain" with songs like "Years Go By", and even "Coming Home" from which I've found strong similarities with MTM (Also "The Land Of Ice And Snow", but I think they have a different atmosphere and feeling while playing them). And also, am I the only who thinks that the sustained note TK sings at 10:40 of "Elysium" is one of the longest and best made since the last chorus of "Shattered"? For those who still claim that TK has lost it, you should start listening to this album: The improvement in his voice is considerably marvelous
I'm not really sure if I want to do a ranking system because for now, I'm sticking with albums I like. When I open up to more general music, I'll probably do a system of "Recommend/Not Recommend" but the 10 point system can be pretty worthless.


Also, would people of this forum be more interested in
A. Retrospective reviews of older stratovarius albums
B. Reviews of other well known power metal
C. Reviews of lesser known power metal.
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E. Classic Rock/Metal reviews, stuff like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, ect..
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Post by ggonza43 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:55 am

"Valley Of The Damned" by Dragonforce, you know, before becoming into the shittines it is now. And with mountains? I only have at the moment both Strato's song and "Misty Mountain Hop" by Led Zep. And with hills...Better luck next time :lol:
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Post by Susie » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:07 pm

Rage1979 wrote:87/100

http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/showreview.p ... 99&lang=en

Nice review here!
"The seemingly perpetual intrigues between Timo Tolkki and his old bandmates and the lamentable ‘Stratovarius (2005), made my interest in the Finnish five drop to the absolute zero years ago. The mediocre album ‘Polaris’ (2009) could not bring back any interest in Stratovarius: the too simple song structures, the lower pace and the absence of flashy guitar and keyboard duels made that the band was not even a shadow of their own past.

Forget the misery of recent years: with 'Elysium' Stratovarius is fully back! (...)

I ain't reading more of this.... :lol: :fuckoff:

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Post by Polaris » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:14 am

I hate reviews! :x

The only thing I can say is that Elysium is awesome :D

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Post by AAAAAAAAAA » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:19 am

ggonza43 wrote:"Valley Of The Damned" by Dragonforce, you know, before becoming into the shittines it is now. And with mountains? I only have at the moment both Strato's song and "Misty Mountain Hop" by Led Zep. And with hills...Better luck next time :lol:
What are you, the forum lawyer? :roll:
Anyway, I can't pretend to understand the fascination of musicians with geological landforms, but here's a rudimentary list.

Mountain:
When Mountains Fall - Stratovarius
Move the Mountain - Stratovarius
Graveyard Mountain Home - Chroma Key
If a Mountain Could Talk - Helloween
Wake up the Mountain - Helloween
Dargor - Shadowland of the Black Mountain - Rhapsody
Misty Mountain Hop - Zeppelin
Man on the Silver Mountain - Dio
Brokeback Mountain :oops:
Mountains - Manowar
Crystal Mountain - Death
King Of The Mountain - Bon Jovi
You've Got No Right On The Mountain - Nirvana
Mountain of Doom - Tiamat

Hill:
Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
Lost Hill of Memories - Elvenking
House on a Hill - Kamelot
The Hills have Eyes - Stratovarius
Over the Hills and Far Away - Zeppelin/Nightwish
The Fool On The Hill - Beatles
Tight Wadd Hill by Green Day
Time Stands Still at the Iron Hill - Blind Guardian (this must be the most retarded song name i've heard in my life :lol:)
Boot Hill - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Black Hills - Pain Of Salvation
Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel
One Tree Hill - U2

Valley:
Valley of the Kings - Artension
Valley of the Kings - Malmsteen
Valley of the Kings - Gamma Ray
(Enough already!!! :pissed5: :crazy1:)
Valley of the Queens - Ayreon
(lol...Couldn't the royalty just share a valley??)
Valley of the Queers - Arnold Layne
Elnor's Magic Valley - Rhapsody
Heroes of the Lost Valley - Rhapsody
117 Valley Drive - Adrian Belew (From King Crimson)
In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death - Marilyn Manson
Valley - Jethro Tull
Valley of Dreams - Dr Sin
Beyond The Distant Valleys - Sentenced

River:
River of Pain - Royal Hunt
Black River - Amorphis
The Same River - Riverside
River of Time - Ayreon
A Well Beside the River - Skyclad
Cry me a River - Aerosmith
Silver River Turning - Jethro Tull
Travelling Riverside Blues - Led Zeppelin
Crossing Two Rivers - Kamelot
When The River Calls by Evergrey
The Riverdragon - Nightwish
River Deep, Mountain High - Deep Purple (combo points!!!)
The River - Sentenced

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Post by NeverendingAbyss » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:40 am

You should change your username to SongStatistics.

That was beautiful! :)

I'm surprised Stratovarius hasn't composed a song called Stratovolcano. 8)

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Post by Polaris » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:57 am

NeverendingAbyss wrote:You should change your username to SongStatistics.

That was beautiful! :)

I'm surprised Stratovarius hasn't composed a song called Stratovolcano. 8)
StratoVolcano, just imagine how would be a Matias solo for this song :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by ggonza43 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:28 am

I feel like being slightly raped by A10 :err:
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Post by stratodan1990 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:56 pm

NeverendingAbyss wrote:I'm surprised Stratovarius hasn't composed a song called Stratovolcano. 8)
I assume you mean another instrumental like the old days? Seeming as though most instrumentals have 'Strato' at the start.

'Stratoblivion' :D that would be sick name! Or 'Stratocalypse'.

It it's wishful, but still not sure if the new line up will do this kind of direction again in their future albums. Though I hope one day they will.

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Post by stratodan1990 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:01 pm

AAAAAAAAAA wrote:
Valley:
Valley of the Kings - Artension
I LOVE THIS BAND! And the song of course :D

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Post by eternity_strato » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:42 pm

I'd love an instrumental song ala Stratosphere on next albums! :)

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Post by ggonza43 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:58 pm

Stratoawesomness needed :D!
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Post by TheLegendaryDreamer » Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:27 am

Off-topic:
AAAAAAAAAA wrote:Hill:
The Old House on the Hill Chapter 1: A Death in the Family - Dragonland
The Old House on the Hill Chapter 2: The Thing in the Cellar - Dragonland
The Old House on the Hill Chapter 3: The Ring of Edward Walton - Dragonland

:D

On-topic:

Here's my iTunes review of Elysium. But first, my review of Darkest Hours and Infernal Maze (from the 2010 EP).

Review for "Darkest Hours - EP"
5 stars

"Darkest Hours" is a single from the new and upcoming Stratovarius album, Elysium. The EP it's on comes with two new songs ("Darkest Hours" and "Infernal Maze", respectively) and two live recordings of some old classics, as well as the demo version of "Darkest Hours".

"Darkest Hours" is the new album's take on "Hunting High and Low" and "Eagleheart", with some aspects similar to "Deep Unknown" (2009 single). It's very dark and heavy, but it's very short and its chorus is very positive. Pardon the pun, but it really helps you to get out of your darkest hours. The solo is short, but very good, and its beat is very catchy.

"Infernal Maze" is a break from the new sound and a return to the old sound the fans from the glory days of this band will love. "Infernal Maze" returns to that era: the intro is hypnotic, the chorus is catchy and the signature Stratovarius keyboard vs. guitar duels during the solo will absolutely blow your mind.

Review for Elysium
5 stars

Throughout the years, the people have seen Stratovarius evolve greatly. With many major line-up changes through the years, the most significant being the departure of guitarist and songwriter Timo Tolkki and the arrival of Matias Kupiainen, it's hard to expect that the band would still be releasing music, because when a great band loses a significant member like this, it will almost certainly change the musical direction of their sound. Some fans will take sides at this and say things like "Strato isn't Strato without Tolkki" and that's very understandable, but it's not the path that I have taken and if you're reading this, you probably haven't chosen that path either. Download this album and compare it with Polaris, and you'll see that it goes way above and beyond that album by far.

On Friday, November 26th, 2010, the band released "Darkest Hours" as a single on an EP along with "Infernal Maze" as a preview for Elysium. As I predicted, it would be a great album. I've already reviewed "Darkest Hours" and "Infernal Maze", so if you want to see their reviews, look for "Darkest Hours - EP" in the iTunes store (the review for them is posted above). Both are written by Matias Kupiainen.

"Under Flaming Skies" is a short but very powerful song. It was written by Timo Kotipelto, the singer. It has no guitar solo, just a guitar melody playing the melody line of the chorus. Its lyrics are extremely catchy and well-written.

"Fairness Justified" is one of the two ballads of Elysium. It's very deep and meaningful and it has a beautiful, enchanting chorus. My only gripe is that it could have been much longer. There is nothing much else to say here.

"The Game Never Ends" is written by Jens Johansson, the keyboardist. It is very catchy and OMG THE SOLO IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS EVER. THE FRICKING SOLO!!!!! O.O :D :D :D

"Lifetime In A Moment" is very slow and heavy and it's written by Lauri Porra, the bassist (the one who wrote Emancipation Suites 1 & 2 from Polaris). Its intro is very ominous and long, giving a kind of cold, powerful atmosphere. It's very philosophical, and its message is this: Your decisions in the now can change your life forever.

"Move The Mountain" is the second ballad from Elysium, written by Jens Johansson. It starts off with a very mysterious feeling and that leaves you with the impression that it would make a great funeral song. It's one of the best ballads released by the band, and it's up there with "Before the Winter", "Coming Home", "A Drop in the Ocean" and "Winter Skies" from their previous releases. I quite like the solo in the song because Jens is very original and he plays it in a way that is quite unusual for Stratovarius.

"Event Horizon" is the fastest off of this new album, and it just happened to be one of the songs that was leaked early. Because it is the fastest, it is very reminiscent of, and even on par with some of the famous Stratovarius classics like "Against The Wind", "Black Diamond", "Learning to Fly" and "Millennium". Not to mention that this song also has the famous fast and epic double-bass drums and guitar vs. keyboard shredding duels that make up Stratovarius.

The most epic moments on the album, though, are those of it's own title track, "Elysium". I have never heard such a range and plethora of emotions expressed this efficiently in a Stratovarius song since "Visions (Southern Cross)", "Destiny" and "Infinity" (all are title songs as well). The song is an astounding 18 minutes long but it is divided up neatly into three little parts that last about six minutes long, each having its own chorus and solo section. You can really hear how much the band has evolved in this song as it lyrically picks up from where "Emancipation Suite (2 Dawn)" left off, following the story of a dying soldier who has waged a civil war from oppression and discrimination against his culture. This song, at the end, is so powerful that it made me weep after listening to the lyrics.

This is nothing short of a great Stratovarius return album at its best. Elysium is a sign of Matias' full new integration with the band. Five songs, including "Darkest Hours", "Infernal Maze", "Fairness Justified", "Event Horizon" and "Elysium" itself; were composed by the one and only Matias Kupiainen (with some lyrical contributions by Timo Kotipelto). No doubt about it-- he is a GENIUS. The efforts from other band members are also very good.

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