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2.97 | 21 ratings | 3 reviews
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Album · 1992

Filed under Power Metal

Tracklist

1. Break The Ice (4:41)
2. The Hands oO Time (5:36)
3. Madness Strikes At Midnight (7:19)
4. Metal Frenzy (2:20)
5. Twilight Time (5:50)
6. The Hills Have Eyes (6:19)
7. Out Of The Shadows (4:09)
8. Lead Us Into The Light (5:48)

Total Time: 42:06

Line-up/Musicians

- Timo Tolkki / vocals, guitars and bass
- Tuomo Lassila / drums
- Antti Ikonen / keyboards

About this release

Release date: January 1992
Label: Shark Records

First edition of this album is called 'II', later re-release came out with name Twilight Time with new artwork.

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martindavey87
After a fairly lackluster debut, Stratovarius are back!... with another fairly lackluster album.

Now, I like Stratovarius. I really, really like Stratovarius! They're a great band with some very catchy and memorable songs. But that doesn't really show in these early releases. Two major factors that are missing from these early days are prominent keyboards, which serve on 'Twilight Time' as nothing more than the odd sound effect or embellishment here and there, and powerhouse vocalist Timo Kotipelto. Because before that, we have guitarist, songwriter and band leader Timo Tolkki singing! And while he's alright, his voice does get a little grating after a while.

There are a couple of notable moments however. Opening track 'Break the Ice' is fairly good, and tracks like 'The Hands of Time' and 'The Hills Have Eyes' are tolerable, if you can see past the cheesy power metal melodies that they're built around. The music is fast and furious, with some very tight playing and nice, shred guitar solos, but overall, these songs are mostly forgettable, especially when compared to the bands later material.

'Twilight Time' has a few things going for it that stop it from getting a one-star rating, but it’s really best to leave this to the die-hard fans.
Kingcrimsonprog
Back in 1992, Timo Tolkki was in the process of transforming the underground Heavy Metal band Stratovarius into the world renowned Melodic Power Metal band known and loved today. This was before virtuoso singer Timo Kotipelto, drummer Jörg Michael and former Yngwie Malmsteen keyboard hero Jens Johansson joined the band.

Their second album called Twilight Time (or II) is one of those albums that there’s nothing wrong with, but you don’t feel excited about either. I can’t think of a single negative thing to say about any track individually, but as an album its never going to be my favourite. Maybe it’s all a bit too midpaced, maybe the production is too reverby, or maybe I just miss Kotipelto, I don’t know, but this record just doesn’t get my excitement up all that much.

There are some interesting standout moments, such as the strong opener ‘Break The Ice’ which has a sort of ‘Mountain King era Savatage feel, and the rhythmic instrumental ‘Metal Frenzy’ (interestingly less frenzied than some of their later instrumentals, more controlled and mechanical if I’m being pedantic).

If you’re a Stratovarius fan then of course check it out, give it a chance, and give it enough listens to sink in, but in my opinion this is the definition of for-completests-only. I wouldn’t recommend anybody pick this up as an introduction to the band (who would go on to such greater things) and I don’t even think there is a hipster like-the-old-stuff contingent out there who’d like it just because it had a different line-up and didn’t receive much promotion.

Overall, its ok. As I’ve said, there’s nothing wrong with any track, there’s no poor tracks and nothing I’d call filler, its just… ok.
poslednijat_colobar
In search of their accomplished sound

After the debut, called Fright Night, Stratovarius continues to explore power metal genre, in search of their own typical sound, but in my opinion they failed in their second album Twilight Time. I think the debut is better than the second one. In Twilight Time there is a lack of ideas, as well as some boring themes and songs. Most of the songs are not memorable and catchy. And the music is very predictable without surprises. The inclusion of the keyboards is limited and this can be negatively felt. The musicianship is good and reveals the potential of the band, but the songwriting is poor. An album recommended only for fans of the band and (to lesser extent) the genre. 2 stars

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