80' decade? what is it a stupid question i think? in eighties Strato released only 1 album and it was almost "copy" of helloween and bad quality, i think the 90' is the best decade - best albums Episode, 4th Dimension, Visions.... and Infinite (2000) - i love Hunting....
Hehe, I agree on that. IMO the complete poll is a bit senseless, but nevertheless I participate, and vote for the 90s!
Aah, there we go and review the albums again!
Well we did that often enough, but still it's fun, I like it too, so let's see...
- Yeah, well, I don't like it very much. Like many of you said, the qualitiy is of course not the best, and the style is too much different from nowadays.
- Also not a very strong album. But the sound is better, and there are a few really good songs, even classics: Twilight Time, Out Of The Shadows, Hands Of Time.
- Huh, that album always costs me some energy. It's very versatile. I don't like the fact that the sound of the songs differ, like being recorded in different studios or mixed in different ways. And Thin Ice always is a shock to me. But Chasing Shadows, Hold On To Your Dream, 4th Reich, Dreamspace, ... make it to a strong album!
- I like that one very much, except the sound! AGAINST THE WIND is my all-time favourite song! Kotipelto's voice is undescribable, he is KILLER on this album!! Many top songs, a cool cover (still my favourite) - this was the album I listened to in very first, and it catched my attention!
- 2nd best album!!!!! More progressive style, which made me think in the beginning that the album is worse than others, but after getting used to it I really started to love it!! Finally a good sound, the powerful drumming of Jörg Michael, Jens' great Keyboard solos (I especially like his duett with Tolkki on Will The Sun Rise), tons of good songs, ... Father Time, Night Time Eclipse, Speed of Light, Forever, ... A CLASSIC!!!
- not much to say - ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIMES!!!!!!!! This is really a masterpiece!!! Incredible songwriting!!! This album will never be topped!!!!!! Baroque influences give it an atmosphere between tragic and ceremonious. There is NOT A SINGLE mediocre song on Visions!! From Kiss Of Judas til Visions only jewels! Sometimes I listen to it and wonder who can be such a genious that can compose like that...
- I was a bit disappointed with it at first, after Visions, because it contains some mediocre songs. But what I like is the dark and tragic mood of it. Also Destiny is one of my absolute favourite songs, it is a single masterpiece!! All in all a good album!
- The sound is much like Destiny, but the atmosphere is completely different! It's light, it's bright, it's fun, it's made up for good moods! A very very good album, a bombastic epic (Infinity), a great hymn (HHAL), some progressive tones (Mother Gaia), a melodic drama (Million Lightyears), ... I have loved it from the first minute!
- A very good collections of rare material and some new stuff! Much better than comparable productions of other bands!!
- A weak album. The sound is IMO horrible (too sterile, absolutely powerless), it cannot carry the epic style of the album; guitars are too thin, ... The song Elements is far away from the other three epics (Visions, Destiny, Infinity), like only a copy of Infinity. The only really good song is Soul Of A Vagabound, which I like alot. Other ones like Learning To Fly are destroyed by too high singing or the weak sound. Also the instrumental Stratofortress is the weakest of all (especially compared to the great Holy Light).
- Better than the first one! Sound is better again, and a bunch of good songs!!! Nothing outstanding, but simply good and solide Metal.
- I like it!! The sound finally is good again, there are some different songs on it, all in all it is very good! Dark and back to earth!! A good album!!!