Drastic changes often make us humans leave our comfort zone and can even result in catastrophic scenarios. When we talk about music, this can be traumatizing not only for a band, but also its fans. Not many acts out there can reinvent themselves or maintain quality after said changes, especially when they lose a key member. Sometimes, though, this can be the best thing that could happen…
Destiny is the seventh studio album by power metal band Stratovarius, released on 5 October 1998 through Noise Records. It reached #1 on the Finnish albums chart and remained on that chart for 17 weeks. "SOS" was released as a single, reaching #2 on the Finnish singles chart and remaining on that chart for eleven weeks.
Intermission is a compilation album by power metal band Stratovarius, released on 26 June 2001 through Nuclear Blast. The album consists of covers, live and bonus tracks, as well as four new tracks. It charted in the top 100 in four countries.
Eternal is the fifteenth album by power metal band Stratovarius. The performances are as good as you would expect with the talent available and it's crazy how good Timo Kotipelto sounds on vocals after so many years. Jens Johansson is still as impressive as ever on keyboards.
With the albums “Elements Pt. 1” and “Elements Pt. 2” Stratovarius succeeded with what only very few bands manage to achieve: they opened doors, tore down (genre) walls and created two milestones in progressive symphonic metal.Both albums showed the Finnish band on top of their game and perfected the foundation of what was to become the instantly recognizable Stratovarius trademark sound.11 years after their original release (and Top 5 chart positions in their home country Finland), both albums will be combined for a high quality reissue including exclusive bonus material. “Elements Pt. 1 & 2” will be released on December 5th 2014 on earMUSIC.
It takes a certain talent for bands to satisfy both diehard fans and those seeking something different…
The Finnish power metal kings Stratovarius returned with a new album titled Nemesis after a couple of years of absence and a lineup change, as we know drummer Jörg Michael left the band last year because of personal reasons and was replaced by Rolf Pilve.Now, Nemesis is a more aggressive album than its predecessor Elysium, which in this case caused way more excitement when I listened to it the first time. The album opens with Abandon, a real epic and fast song, that you can tell have a different rhythm, this of course due to the drumming change. The song is just brutally amazing and full of energy, which in this case is what you expect from a Stratovarius song.With Nemesis, Stratovarius gets back into the game, and shows that even with the lineup changes that the band have gone through in the last decade their sound remains unique as their legacy expands with the time. A great album, that without doubt opens a new chapter in the band’s career. Now I wish I could listen to some of these songs live, so please Stratovarius do us a favor and tour North America once more.