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.
Lingering on the nostalgic and riffing through the present: 7 Decades, 3 Guitars that changed the world!
If the 80s and beyond felt rushed (3 decades covered in less than 30 minutes) it’s more down to the fact that the iconic guitar heroes aren’t as noticeable these days.
Considering that Sydney, Australia based metallers BASTARDIZER have only been together since some time last year, it hasn’t taken them very long to establish something a little different and release a debut that shows an amount of skill, class and cohesion that most bands take two or three albums to achieve.