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Kotipelto & Liimatainen - Blackoustic

Published October 11 2012

=Staff's pick

Sleep Well
Out In The Fields
Black Diamond
My Selene*
Behind Blue Eyes*
Hunting High And Low
Where My Rainbow Ends
Speed Of Light
Perfect Strangers
Coming Home*
Rainbow Eyes
Karjalan Kunnailla

Genre Acoustic
Timo Kotipelto
Tracks 13
Jani Liimatainen
Running time 56 Min.
Label earMusic
Release 19 October 2012
Country Finland
Producer Matias Kupiainen
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No strangers to each other and in 2009, Stratovarius' frontman Timo Kotipelto and former Sonata Arctica/Altaria guitarist Jani Liimatainen, among others, released a CD as the metal quintet Cain's Offering. Any touring activities for the record was, from what I know, nonexistent, but the two Finnish countrymen have performed together on acoustic shows for quite a while in Finland and I guess one thing led to another and all the way to a full length acoustic album.

With almost a handful of re-arranged Stratovarius songs, one Sonata Arctica song in My Selene which was originally written by Liimatainen, four cover versions of Gary Moore/Phil Lynott, Pete Townshend, Deep Purple and Rainbow, a pair of tracks from Kotipelto's solo album Serenity, a traditional Finnish song, as well as one brand new recording in Where My Rainbow Ends, they have recorded this album with songs mainly taken from their live performances.

Some may say sacrilege and prefer the songs as they were meant to be and loathe these remakes. I, on the other hand, think it's cool to hear the songs with a different approach, even if some of them certainly sounds better in their original way. With Kotipelto's acclaimed voice and Liimatainen's nifty guitar play, they take these songs to a level unknown to me. Good or bad? Well, it's up to yourself if you're willing to accept the fact that heavy metal songs can sound totally different when re-arranged to ballads or acoustic pieces, or whatever you want to call them.

Their pretty version of Pete Townshend's Behind Blue Eyes, the beautiful My Selene and their interpretation of Stratovarius' ballad Coming Home are just stunning. I wish I could say the same thing about their version of the Deep Purple classic Perfect Strangers, but all songs aren't state of the art. To hear an acoustic version of Speed Of Light is just an odd experience, but yet somehow cool with the re-arrangement into a ballad from one of Stratovarius' fastest songs. As a one-off thing, this is an interesting release, even if I'm pretty sure that one acoustic album is good enough.








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