Stratovarius – Elysium

Stratovarius   2011   ElysiumElysium is the second Stratovarius album after Timo Tolkki gathered his stuff and left. Many things have been said over the years but the thing that really matters is the music and Stratovarius delivers what their fans expect. But then again, it’s enough to have Kotipelto singing and Johansson play his keyboards to make it sound like Stratovarius. It’s the sound we all got used to during the last few decades. And on that aspect nothing has changed.

Elysium is an ok album actually. But the gap between the best songs and the worst songs is huge. Songs like Darkest Hours, Under Flaming Skies, Infernal Maze (excluding the horrible intro), Event Horizon and epic titletrack Elysium are simply amazing but then again songs like The Game Never Ends, Lifetime In A Moment and Move The Mountain are pure crap in my opinion.

And then comes the interesting part…all the good stuff is composed by Matias Kupiainen (and Under Flaming Skies co-written by Kotipelto) and the not so good songs by Johansson and Porra. Clearly both Johansson and Porra are world class musicians and good composers on their own genre but they really should leave the composing of Stratovarius songs to someone else. I am quite certain Matias would’ve had 3 more songs in his sleeve to make this album even better.

Elysium covers basically everything. They have fast songs, mid tempo songs, ballads of course and then the huge 18-minute epic Elysium. I must say it’s been a long time since Stratovarius gave me goosebumps but this titletrack did. One would imagine that making a song that lasts 18 minutes is impossible to carry all the way but Elysium does. It feels like 5 minutes really. I think Stratovarius is in good hands with Matias as long as they let him do his thing.

If they would’ve had only 6 songs on the album I would have given it 10 straight. With other songs unfortunately it won’t reach that high. But at the end of the day this will satisfy Stratovarius fans just fine.

Elysium tracklisting:
Darkest Hours
Under Flaming Skies
Infernal Maze
Fairness Justified
The Game Never Ends
Lifetime In A Moment
Move The Mountain
Event Horizon
Elysium

2/5 : 1 Vote

  • Tero Tolkki
    Posted by Tero Tolkki 1 month ago
    Trust me friends, this isn't easy. Picking up your top-100 albums sounds easy enough but when you actually start choo...
  • Tero Tolkki
    Posted by Tero Tolkki 1 month ago
    I think this is a good topic to start the recommendations. Also please explain what was the wow factor on the album.I...
  • Tero Tolkki
    Posted by Tero Tolkki 1 month ago
    These should all be pretty common sense but since we are talking mainly about music in this forum threads might get h...

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