Visions (Stratovarius album)

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Studio album by Stratovarius
Released 28 April 1997 (1997-04-28)[1]
Recorded October 1996 – February 1997
Studio Finnvox Studios, Helsinki
Length 61:01[2]
Label Noise
Producer Timo Tolkki
Stratovarius chronology
The Past and Now
(1997)The Past and Now1997
Singles from Visions
  1. "The Kiss of Judas"
    Released: 1997[3]
  2. "Black Diamond"
    Released: 1997[4]

Visions is the sixth studio album by power metal band Stratovarius, released on 28 April 1997 through Noise Records. The album reached No. 4 on the Finnish albums chart and remained on that chart for 23 weeks.[1] It is a concept album about Nostradamus.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Rock Hard9.5/10[6]

Steve Huey at AllMusic gave Visions four stars out of five, calling it "as ambitious as neoclassical metal gets" and saying "there are some fine moments on the record", but also remarking that "too much of the material sinks under its own weight, particularly the ten-minute title track."[5]

In 2005, the album was ranked No. 297 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Timo Tolkki, except where noted.

1."The Kiss of Judas"Timo Kotipelto5:49
2."Black Diamond"Kotipelto5:39
3."Forever Free"Kotipelto6:00
4."Before the Winter"Tolkki6:07
6."The Abyss of Your Eyes"Kotipelto5:38
7."Holy Light"(instrumental)5:45
9."Coming Home"Tolkki5:36
10."Visions (Southern Cross)"Tolkki10:17
Total length:61:01


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1997 Finnish albums chart 4[1]


In the end of "Before the Winter", the Force Theme from the Star Wars franchise can be heard.


  1. ^ a b c "Stratovarius - Visions (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  2. ^ Visions (CD release "TT 0031-2").
  3. ^ "Stratovarius - The Kiss Of Judas (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  4. ^ "Stratovarius - Black Diamond (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  5. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "Visions - Stratovarius". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  6. ^ Albrecht, Frank. "Stratovarius Visions". (in German). Rock Hard. 120. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  7. ^ [...], 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.