Stratovarius - _Intermission_
(Nuclear Blast, 2001)
by: Kirsty Buchanan (
I haven't laughed so long or hard in some time. I've been awaiting eagerly the latest ejaculation of material from Stratovarius. And I'm not disappointed, it is exactly as I expected. Air guitar-tastic. I've had to replace imaginary strings! Not content with their own masturbatory guitar techniques, they felt the need to cover Judas Priest and Rainbow. I don't think anything else needs to be said on that front. Rainbow did it their way and it's not necessary for Stratovarius to echo exactly the very nuances of Dio. Still, a new journey through the minds (and up and down the guitar necks) of Stratovarius is a welcome addition to any record collection. If only after a few outings as a coaster. However, the live performances hint at the potential Stratovarius wield when freed from the bonds of a studio and the necessary mixing desk. A more impromptu feel and something more lively is projected by the band. "Hunting High and Low" seems not to belong because of the change in the band from studio to live.
(article published 12/8/2001)
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