Album 0247: Stratovarius – Elements Pt. 1

Stratovarius-ElementsPart1

Release Date: 2003
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Eagleheart (03:50)
2. Soul Of A Vagabond (07:22)
3. Find Your Own Voice (05:13)
4. Fantasia (09:56)
5. Learning To Fly (06:22)
6. Papillon (07:01)
7. Stratofortress (03:26)
8. Elements (12:01)
9. A Drop In The Ocean (06:50)
10. Into Deep Blue (05:41)
11. Run Away (04:52)
12. Eagleheart (demo) (03:30)
13. Soul Of A Vagabond (demo) (07:37)
14. Find Your Own Voice (demo) (04:44)

Total Length: 01:28:26

Eagleheart is a fantastic opening track. The main melody is nice and the chorus is great as well, but the thing that really keeps me coming back is the dual lead of synth and guitar after the chorus. It’s a small piece of the song overall but it is just so cool. Soul Of A Vagabond kind of has a generic opening riff, but the production values on this album really lift it up and make me love it once all this cool stuff is put behind it. The chorus works well and I kind of think that this is a song I wouldn’t normally like but the band just pulls it off really well.

Find Your Own Voice is more of a basic power metal track. It’s kind of nice but goes on a bit too long, and doesn’t have anything that really catches my eye. Fantasia is inspired by the Neverending Story films. The tone of the song matches that of at least the first movie which is pretty neat and well done. The orchestral elements are great, and though the song may drag a tiny bit in the middle, it still sounds good. Learning To Fly is a much better basic power metal track, highly enjoyable.

Papillon makes heavy use of a young boy’s vocals. It adds an ethereal quality, and is a very good song. Stratofortress is a neat instrumental. I was actually familiar with the opening for a long time for an odd reason, but the rest of the song is fun too. Elements is a big track for the band. I really like the choral vocals, it gets a tad repetitive after a while, but I do really enjoy the song. A Drop In The Ocean has some nice moments like the chorus, but the song kind of meanders on for a while without direction near the end. This is the normal ending point for the album, everything past this gets us into bonus material territory.

Into Deep Blue is fairly basic for the most part, but I really love the opening, especially when it comes back at the end and they put whistling over. That section makes the song for me. It sounds creepy and demented, kind of like the Wrong Turn 2 soundtrack. Run Away is a good, fun track and wouldn’t feel out of place on the actual album. The demos round out this album. Eagleheart loses a bit from the lowered production values, as does Soul Of A Vagabond. Maybe it seems shallow in a way to think like that, but it’s also a huge part of the experience. Find Your Own Voice still sounds cool as well. I was heartily surprised the first time I heard this album. Stratovarius had always seemed a middling band to me, never really reaching great heights, but they certainly did here.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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