MetalBite Review by Krys on 6/23/2001
Our Finns had enough... after eight full-length albums Stratovarius
decided to take a 2-year brake to pursue solo careers and to simply recharge their batteries. "Intermission"
as the title states, is a gift to the fans before this long break and it features 4 new songs, 3 covers and 8 bonus tracks previously released on various albums or on 7" singles.
But... is this compilation worth your hard-earned change? Yes and no.
On one side, the whole idea of making this album with new and rare tracks only is well worth it. Instead of giving us one of those ďthe best ofĒ albums with half of the tracks youíve never heard of or skipped during the first listening, Stratovarius
decided to show us what was supposed to be limited to the few parts of the world. If thatís not enough, money-wise, it canít get any better than this. Instead of paying top $$$ for export titles with just one extra track you can get everything on one CD at regular price. And unless you are a diehard fan that has to have all editions of every album itís as good as it gets.
On the other side, we all know that most of the time bonus tracks are just marketing tools and are not treated as Ďnormalí songs even by the bands themselves. Knowing that, I didnít expect top quality throughout the whole album and, as expected, thatís exactly what didnít get. Most of these eight bonus tracks are mid or slow tempo compositions with nothing more than average arrangements and mediocre melodic lines. Four new songs are 'Will My Soul Ever Rest In Peace', 'Falling Into Fantasy', 'The Curtains Are Falling'
. The first three songs from this set are typical, Stratovarius
sounding tracks which most probably were dumped during the "Infinity"
session, and 'Requiem'
is nothing more than just a keyboard outro and could be easily skipped. Letís only hope that those tracks are not an indication of the bandís new material for 2003-release because they donít bring anything new or innovative to their sound. As for the covers, Judas Priestís 'Bloodstone'
and two Rainbow
tracks 'Kill the King'
and 'I Surrender'
are the top picks on this album and show Stratovariusí real capabilities and talent.
Nice collectors item but far away from their best stuff.
out of 10