I totally love Power Metal but this KOTIPELTO CD is a dreadful abomination that never should have been born. I can't understand how a man who I know can sing so often can suck at that very thing. There are no tracks on this CD where he doesn't go off key a little or a lot. I can't stand lyrics that spill out a story in such a way that it looks like a kindergarten child wrote them. All the lyrics are sooooooo boring and don't even fit the melodies they parallel!
One goose-egg avoiding glimmer of saving grace on this CD is Mike Romeo of SYMPHONY X on guitars. He shreds as always and has some pretty cool licks to put forth. He is the lone shining star. Even Janne Warmen's keys are dull by his standards. And really, who gives a shit about the rhythm section anyway when the underlying song-writing and vocals suck big-time? Production thankfully is good so I know a few will be fooled into thinking this release is all that and a bag of chips. Poor them.
I'd like to tell Kotipelto to stick to his day job in STRATOVARIUS but over the last few releases he and they have kind of sucked too. It's really a no win situation for us fans. Again, like I said above, it all sucks except for some of the guitar. What's that you say? You will need to pick this up to see for yourself. I think you should…why should I be the only one who wasted cash on this crap? (Online November 3, 2003)