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New York, NY (July 12th, 2010) - On July 13th Eagle Rock Entertainment will be re-releasing Stratovarius' last album "Polaris" with the addition of a full 75 minutes live CD recorded during their 2009 European Tour to celebrate the acclaimed return of the band with the new line up and a refreshed energy. [MSRP $19.98]

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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sanctuary UK
  • ASIN: B000PFU6RW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Kiss of Judas
2. Black Diamond
3. Forever Free
4. Before the Winter
5. Legions
6. The Abyss of Your Eyes
7. Paradise
8. Coming Home
9. Visions (Southern Cross)

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2007 digitally remastered reissue of this Finnish Metal band's 1997 album. 10 tracks. Noise.

Customer Reviews

I have to say that not only do I think Visions is the band's BEST CD, I think this is one of the GREATEST albums EVER.
James A. Calabrese
Beautiful melodies and harmonies, fused with high-flying vocals, and amazing neoclassical guitar shred... I really can't ask for more!
Hammerhead Music Man
This is a very good album and the cover is also pretty cool...The album flows pretty well overall and has some very high points.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James A. Calabrese on August 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've just recently became a Stratovarius fan this year and have now listened to all their CDs over and over and over. I have to say that not only do I think Visions is the band's BEST CD, I think this is one of the GREATEST albums EVER. Every track on this cd is great. I cannot even pick 1 or 2 songs that I think are the best, because I think that besides Holy Light, Before the Winter and Coming Home (which are still good songs), the other 7 songs are simply AWESOME. The title track is a 10 minute masterpiece that ends the CD perfectly. That final chorus simply blows me away. If anyone says this track is too long, they are SORELY mistaken. The song is so good, it doesn't even seem like 10 minutes. I wish it was longer. Try listening to this song with headphones on your home stereo and crank it up as loud as your ears can take. The affect is AMAZING.
If I HAD to pick my 3 favorite tracks, they would have to be "Paradise", "Legions" and "Abyss of your Eyes" with the others (first 3 tracks) certainly NOT TOO FAR BEHIND. In fact I might even say it's a 7-way tie. That's how much I love this CD.
Stratovarius has taken Hard Rock to whole new level especially starting with the Timo K era and all their 6 Timo K cds are great but Visions is a TRUE MASTERPIECE of music. Any hard rock fan will like this album to some degree. If not, then they don't appreciate good/creative music.
It's only a shame that Stratovarius is not even heard of here in the United States (nor ever on tour here) because we can SURE use their talent over here because today's hard rock bands in the United States simply stink. And that's putting it mildly. Look who we have over here, System of a Down, POD and Drowning Pool? PLEASE!!! Those bands are sickening compared to Strato.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D.W. Williams on June 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'll keep this review short and to the point, seeing as how I don't listen to this record all too often. Stratovarius, hailing from Finland, are one of the most well-known acts in the power metal scene. Forming in the mid-80s, they released a long string of albums beginning with Fright Night (1989). Visions is their sixth (if I am correct) album, released in 1997 under Modern Music. Highlights include opener "The Kiss of Judas", anthemic single "Black Diamond", the vocal-driven "Forever Free", chilling ballad "Before the Winter" and the fast headbanger "Legions". The album features energetic riffs and killer solos from Timo Tolkki, some insane drumming from Jorg Michael, complemented by Timo Kotipelto's soaring voice. Although I think Kotipelto's vocals could have been a little better, and some songs too, Visions is a great metal album reinventing the classic style of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Check it out if you're into this genre, especially for fans of Hammerfall and Sonata Arctica.

9/10
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Enigma Jumper on June 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Visions" is by far and away the crowning moment in the musical history of Stratovarius. I thoroughly enjoyed the dreamy landscapes on "Twilight Time", the experimental splendor of "Dreamspace" and the epic grandure of "Fourth Dimension". But I'll reveal an embarassing truth about "Visions"...the first time I ever heard the opening track "Black Diamond", I became incontinent...that's how stunning this music was and is today! I also still get chills (at the very least) from the amazing song "Paradise", potentially my favorite Strat song ever! Yes, these boys have had their share of line-up changes over the years now and are getting washed out in a power metal scene that is overflowing with flashier material with updated sound. But this band was one of (if not THE) the true pioneers of the power metal genre as we define it today. And their willingness to stay devoted to music like this at a time when, at least in The United States, more bands were having financial success rapping and grunging, should never be forgotten or under-appreciated! All hail Stratovarius and their remarkable late 90's accomplishment with "Visions". An album that I still keep a box of Depends* in close proximity for, just in case I decide to listen to! 5/5 *****!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
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Without any doubt, this is the best Stratovarius album, and surely it is one of the best metal releases of all times. Everything is outstanding: cool melodies, great energy and an incredible line-up (Tolkki and Johansson are two of the best player in the international scene, Jorg Michael is simply a force of nature, but listen to Visions if you really want to understand!). This album has no weak point or bad tracks, and songs like Black Diamond, Legions, Visions (a ten minutes masterpiece) are the best examples of what we call power metal of the last 10 years. But in my opinion, the best thing of Stratovarius sound is the perfect union between melody and the tipical power of heavy metal, so also who usually doesn't listen to metal could appreciate this fantastic band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Whitby on January 1, 2002
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"Visions" is what might be the finest moment of the legendary Finish power metal band Stratovarious. To be fair, I'll go over the good and bad of this album.
Pro's: Stratovarius utilizes bullet-train power metal drums, simple but catchy riffs, well-ranged vocals, memorable choruses and awesome guitar/keyboard interplay to create songs in a vein that has served as a paragon for so many clones and rip-off's. The Malmsteen-esque soloing of guitarist Timo Tolkki and fingerwork by keyboardist Jens Johansson adds wonderful life to the solid, simple song frameworks. The keys play an important role in Stratovarious' sound, usually using a harpsichord effect, choir "oohs" and "ahhs," or a synthetic guitar. The moments when Tolkki and Johansson will play together, playing the same shred lick simutainiously, are amazing, perhaps best displayed on the instumental "Holy Light." While vocalist Timo Kotipelto leaves a little to be desired in my opinion, he has very good range and the vocal lines are great.
Con's: Stratovarious have a bit of a problem with copying themselves. There are too many bands already doing that for them to be doing the same. I would like to hear a little more complex songwriting, even more guitar/keyboard work, and how about some more classical guitar that is used sparingly but well on "Visions." And I could definitly do without the balads. Don't worry; there are only two, but that is enough to throw a wrench in a non-stop playthrough. Maybe I'm being a little picky with this one, but the lyrics throughout the album are so lame. Almost every song seems to be devoted to some signifigant other.
The bottom line: This is pretty much essential for a big power metal or Stratovarious fan. While I would reccomend this over "Destiny," "Visions" really isn't signifigantly better.
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