Visions (Stratovarius album)

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Visions
Studio album by Stratovarius
Released 28 April 1997 (1997-04-28)[1]
Recorded October 1996 – February 1997 at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland
Genre Power metal, heavy metal
Length 61:01
Label Noise
Producer Timo Tolkki
Stratovarius chronology
Episode
(1996)
Visions
(1997)
The Past and Now
(1997)
Singles from Visions
  1. "Black Diamond"
    Released: 1997
  2. "The Kiss of Judas"
    Released: 1997

Visions is the sixth studio album by power metal band Stratovarius, released on 28 April 1997 through Noise Records. It reached #4 on that year's Finnish albums chart and remained charted for 23 weeks.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Rock Hard (de) 9.5/10[4]

In 2005, Visions was ranked number 297 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Timo Tolkki.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "The Kiss of Judas"   Timo Kotipelto 5:49
2. "Black Diamond"   Kotipelto 5:39
3. "Forever Free"   Kotipelto 6:00
4. "Before the Winter"   Tolkki 6:07
5. "Legions"   Tolkki 5:43
6. "The Abyss of Your Eyes"   Kotipelto 5:38
7. "Holy Light"   (Instrumental) 5:45
8. "Paradise"   Tolkki 4:27
9. "Coming Home"   Tolkki 5:36
10. "Visions (Southern Cross)"   Tolkki 10:17
Total length:
61:01

All music composed by Timo Tolkki, except for "Uncertainty", composed by Timo Kotipelto.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1997 Finland's Official List 4[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visions by Stratovarius". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  2. ^ a b "Stratovarius - Visions (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Visions - Stratovarius". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  4. ^ Albrecht, Frank. "Rock Hard review". issue 120. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  5. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 94. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.