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Stratovarius: Survive
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Stratovarius: Survive

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

The myth. The legend. With nearly four decades of music, Stratovarius had been the progenitor of Finnish heavy power metal. However, the iconic band has not released a new studio album in seven years. Since 2015's Eternal, the quintet has dropped several compilation albums. The notable one was Enigma: Intermission II which featured a few new tunes, bonus tracks, and orchestral interpretations. Now, Stratovarius returns with their latest and seventeenth studio album, Survive. The album was serviced in advance by the release of four singles.

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Discussing Stratovarius and a new album is, ironically, a labor of love and redundancy. The fact that the band is a master of quinessential European melodic power is simply an established fast. Ergo, with Survive, there's nothing new or novel here. The Stratovarius wheel is not broken, so there is no need to fix it. Fans of the band and genre are permitted to go ape-shit crazy over this album.

Survive is solid, classic, and entertaining Stratovarius. Fast and heavy. Mean twin guitar work in harmony. Ballistic guitar solos. A dash of symphonic embellishment. Harmonic choral vocals. A potent helping of some rock groove when they aren't pummeling you with speed. It's the stuff that makes Stratovarius consistent power metal legends. For some favorite song picks that feature the best of the aformentioned characteristics: Glory Days, We Are Not Alone, Frozen In Time, and Survive. The longer Voice Of Thunder may swing towards prog power metal. There are no pussy ballads.

Simply said, Survive is classic and consistent Stratovarious with all the gusto, groove, grand riffs, and epic guitar solos you expect from this legendary power metal band. Easily recommended.


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The Take Away

Simply said, Survive is classic and consistent Stratovarious with all the gusto, groove, grand riffs, and epic guitar solos you expect from this legendary power metal band. Easily recommended.

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