It’s been six years since HUMAN TEMPLE’S debut album INSOMNIA was released to the world via melodic rock and AOR label MTM MUSIC. At the time of it’s release, the album was very well received by critics and melodic rock fans across the globe, and ensured that the band would be a powerhouse in their homeland of Finland as well as being spoken very highly of in rock circles.
Few bands in the power metal world have as much credibility as Stratovarius. Since hitting the scene in 1984 the band has forged a sound and legacy that has influenced countless bands and been at the vanguard of a genre they are one of the originators of. With bands like Helloween and Blind Guardian, they have set the standard for a genre that has a tendency to be so derivative, yet with each release they seem to take that standard they set decades ago and raise it with each and every album. Few bands of this style come to my mind at least that have never ventured too far from Power Metal, yet at the same time sound fresh and amazing.