Drastic changes often make us humans leave our comfort zone and can even result in catastrophic scenarios. When we talk about music, this can be traumatizing not only for a band, but also its fans. Not many acts out there can reinvent themselves or maintain quality after said changes, especially when they lose a key member. Sometimes, though, this can be the best thing that could happen. Stratovarius is one such band that have surpassed everyone’s expectations everytime the lineup changes. It must be said that the returning fans and casual listeners a like should enjoy the new album ‘Eternal’ almost in its entirety, as it is not overly melodic or trying to reinvent the wheel, instead relying on solid performances and down-to-earth songwriting. This is a worthy entry in their already rich discography, and although not strong enough to rank among the greats such as ‘Visions’, ‘Episode’, ‘Destiny’, ‘Dreamspace’ and even ‘Nemesis’, it has definitely earned a place in the second-tier Stratovarius’ albums, alongside ‘Elysium’, ‘Infinite’ and ‘Fright Night’.
Gearing up for the release, Metal Wani’s writer William Richards had a chat with the legendary frontman Timo Kotipelto. He discusses new album “Eternal”, songwriting, musical direction, lineup changes, lyrical approach, possible new album with his solo career, upcoming tours and much more.
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