Stratovarius -- Black Diamond

Power metal at it's finest, this was released in 97, which isn't the typical era for power metal.

That happens to be the 80's, THE era for now-antiquated power metal. Speedy yet clear, not trashy.

There is phenomenal skill to be had in 80's power metal, though after a period of time, it does tend to sound samey, thus I will add only a few more Stratovarius tracks to the list today. Only the finest ones.

Give it a smack in the teeth:





(Fantastic riff in the beginning, which isn't phased out and repeats softly for most of the track, with the occasional volume spike, but you wouldn't notice it unless you were told so.. whoops.)

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