“Enigma – Intermission II” is collection of Stratovarius pearls including three new songs (“Enigma”, “Burn Me Down” and “Oblivion”) so as four orchestral versions (“Fantasy”, “Shine In The Dark”, “Unbreakable”, “Winter Skies” ), rare bonus tracks (“Fireborn” and “Hunter”), rare bonus tracks, for the first time on CD (“Old Man And The Sea”, “Last Shore” and “Hallowed”) and previously unreleased in Europe (“Giants”, “Castaway”, “Second Sight” and “Kill It With Fire”).
Let’s start with new songs. What to say? Stratovarius have always had great influence on power metal. Over the years, they have built unique sound and Kotipelto’s unique voice is recognizable weather you are Stratovarius fan or not. So, new songs can be described as Stratovarius classics. Melody is there, keys led to perfection, well balanced drums and guitars. Anything more you need?
Rare bonus tracks might be rare only for average Stratovarius fans. Since I consider myself as Stratovarius fanatic, and I believe I am not the only one, for our kind, rare tracks have always been available somehow. Maybe not previously released in Europe, but Japan is not that far.
The biggest surprise and the biggest plus of this collection, for sure, are orchestral versions. They might be too slow compared with original, but that is the charm. Old but very fresh songs. It takes some time to fallow new songs tempo, but once you made it, excitement reaches the highest level! Total new dimension.
Following the principle: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (art cover), Stratovarius got the winning formula.