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  • Audio CD (April 11, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Pinn
  • ASIN: B00000746H
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Against the Wind
2. Distant Skies
3. Galaxies
4. Winter
5. Stratovarius
6. Lord of the Wasteland
7. 030366
8. Nightfall
9. We Hold the Key
10. Twilight Symphony
11. Call of the Wilderness

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Shuttlewood on August 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
im very impressed with this album, it has better drumming on it than the later ones coz jorg michael is far too repetative. some of stratovarius's greatest songs are on this album which include against the wind, winter, twilight symphony and nightfall. this is the first album with timo kotipelto on vocals and he does a fine job. definately a 5 star album :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry Ebbeson III on June 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album was right after Dreamspace and right before Episode. This is the first album that TK lead sang on. Their style is a little more open than Dreamspace, but much less commercial than Episode and what was to follow. TK certainly knows how to sing and it shows. Musically, there are good points on the album. They are as follows:

1. Against the Wind - very good melodic speed metal song. You can hear Strato playing very well here, but have no idea what is to come on following albums. There is a BIG difference.
2. Distant Skies - really does nothing for me.
3. Galaxies - I realyl like this song. Keyboard-wise, it is kind of sparse but a good song. As a keyboardist, I use many more layers in my music and so I gravitate toward that. This is good though too.
4. Winter - does nothing for me.
5. Stratovarius - instrumental song. Not bad and to me, the typical instrumental song.
6. Lord of the Wasterland - does nothing for mw.
7. 030366 - this song is neat and sounds very different than the other songs on the album. I like this one a lot.
8. Nightfall - I like this one too. It is slow and has a real Queensruche style to it and really works well.
9. We Hold the Key - I like this one too. It is slow, but has a great body to it.
10. Twilight Symphony - many people like this song, but to me, it is just okay. Lots of great musicianship in it though and certainly qualifying itself in the classical-metal genre.
11. Call of the Wilderness - does nothing for me.

Overall, I do like the album. As a musician, it is really neat to see where they were at the time. When I first heard them, I was already enjoying Episode and some newer material which is completely different than the first few albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo D. on August 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Fouth Dimension was recorded in 1995 and was the first Stratovarius
effort with Timo Kotipelto(vocals), but the last with the skilful Tuomo
Lassila(former drummer). I read in their official website that Tuomo wasn't prepared
to play the band's new material when he was fired, according to Timo Tolkki.
Oh! This thought has nothing to do with recruiting a poorer drummer.
He must have forgotten that Lassila was one of the band's founders.
The originality of this album surpasses the later ones.
Timo Tolkki's backing vocals here are so evident that sounds like
a duet with the talented Kotipelto (Kotipelto sings with some accent,
but no problem all in all).
I don't give it 5 stars because of 030366 and some chorus repetitions.
Track descriptions:

We hold the key - My all-time favourite Stratovarius song.
Tuomo does 7 different beats here (yes, I counted!). I wonder where on earth
Jorg Michael will do it. I love that piece between 4:19 and 5:23, fantastic.
Don't forget that chorus: "We hold the key to the door, of salvation
eternally, we hold the key to minds, to the future of mankind". I keep on thinking why Timo Tolkki didn?t instruct Jorg to do the same as him.

030366- The intro is the only good thing: a deep guitar with attractive keyboards.
We can hear Tolkki at lead vocals on chorus and Kotipelto with a computerised
voice. They wanted to put an electronic climate, but it turned into
a boring song, unhappily.

Twilight symphony - The intro is amazingly creative: a shift between Timo
Tolkki's guitar mixed with Jari Kainulainen's bass(in harmony,at the same
time) and Anti Ikkonen's Keyboard.
Other of best songs in the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Richards on December 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This early album by Stratovarius represents a major turning point in the band's history. Timo Koltipelto was brought in as the new lead singer, and his high-range vocals fit the songs well. The music began to evolve away from the melodic hard rock of Dreamspace toward the neo-classical power metal of later albums. While the guitar work is more ornate, with extensive use of arpeggios, some of the songs still have notable melodies. Standout tracks include Galaxies, Wasteland, Nightfall and Twilight Symphony. There are also several poorly-conceived compositions - one track is just a sequence of numbers over a repetitive riff. This release was not quite as good as the next two (Episode and Visions).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The is definetly Stratovarious' best album. Episode is the only other album that I can think of that comes close. Overall this album has a more epic feel to it then their other stuff (better use of guitar harmonys as well). Just check out the song Distant Skies, which is easily their best song.
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By AAK on July 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Fourth Dimension was the first album I heard from Stratovarius and I was immediately blown away. Many of the all time favourite Strato songs come from this album, like "Against the Wind" which is very positive and powerful opener (I love the guitar rumble in the end with Kotipelto screaming "Gooo-ooooone!"), "Distant Skies" with nice guitars and chorus, "Galaxies" has nice opening but the chorus isn't as good as in the previous two songs, "Nightfall" is emotional ballad with nice guitars, and finally "We Hold the Key" absolutely stunning epic (hope the guitars would be a little louder in this one, in the end when the sound is fading you can barely hear a nice piece of solo!). "Winter" is a little boring BUT that's what winter really is like up here in the north, looong and boooring, solo is nice though. "030366" is the most experimental song included. At first I didn't like it at all but now it's mainly OK with the exception of a real headbanger solo in the middle. It alone makes this song worthwile. Where are these heavy metal solos today, Timo? Where? I want more of these! The same goes with "Stratovarius" which is quite annoying in the beginning but soon after it turns into a mosh pit with powerful riff and drumming.

Fourth Dimension and Dreamspace have quite a different sound compared to other albums: cold and metallic yet this time also crystal clear (especially the solos sound nice this way), making this the second most experimental/progressive album with few peculiar tracks. Kotipelto does very convincing job as a new found vocalist. Many seem to ignore this album, that's too bad and I feel sorry for them really. Though it's not the best still among the great ones and has a special place in my heart being the very first impression of Stratovarius, and what an impression it had: Made me an instant fan of the band! I'll give it 4.5 stars.
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