Revolution Renaissance


Written by: PP on 25/12/2010 04:00:53

Generic power metal, welcome to exhibit 5320, no exaggeration. Seriously, someone throw me out of a moving train to let me out of my misery. Ok, where to guys know Stratovarius? One of the few decent bands left in the genre? They kicked out their songwriter Timo Tolkki two years ago who had written - again, without exaggeration - 95% of all Stratovarius songs. Now, he had written enough songs for a new Stratovarius album already, so he formed a new lineup featuring Michael Kiske (Helloween), Tobias Sammet (Edguy) and a few lesser known names, called it Revolution Renaissance, and released the songs as their debut album. The next album no longer featured the stars, and "Trinity" is their third and final effort underneath the name, as they disbanded earlier this year already.

Now for the million dollar question? Can the Stratovarius songwriter produce an original and interesting power metal album? DINGDINGDINGDING. You, sir, are correct in answering no. The album is only marginally better than the rest of the power metal, but suffers from the same retarded clone syndrome as the rest of the bands in the genre. Don't fix what isn't broken? Well, in the case of power metal, it definitely IS broken, and needs to be fixed. Anyone? Please someone shout challenge accepted from the back row after an awkward silence....I'm still waiting. As for Revolution Renaissance and "Trinity", you know exactly what you're going for if I say the name Stratovarius. Think massive melodies on arena-scale, typical generic power metal clean vocals that are stereotypical to the genre in every way, and literally every other cliché ever associated with this genre's bands exemplifying the term "generic". Admittedly, the choruses are at least decent here, but I'm gonna go ahead and slash two full grades for the complete disregard to originality. No, I don't want to hear the same tunes I heard 20 years ago (metaphorically speaking) again for the gazillionth time, thank you very much and goodbye.


Download: Falling To Rise
For the fans of: Stratovarius
Listen: N/A

Release date 24.10.2010
Napalm Records

Myspace no longer available as the band doesn't exist anymore

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