Stratovarius, is a name I’ve heard quite a few times but never heard. I’ve seen empty slots in record stores with their name on it, but I’ve never seen a CD in it’s place. They’ve been around for quite some time, according to Wikipedia. Their first studio record came out 20 years ago and they’ve released numerous full length albums and Eps since then. The band has gone through so many line up changes over the years, in fact there aren’t any original member left.
Vocalist Timo Kotipelto, Keybaordist Jens Johansson and Drummer Jörg Michael are the closest you’re going to get to original member as they have been carrying the Stratovarius name since 1995. Rounding out the line up is bass player Lauri Porra, who has been with the band since 2005 and guitar player Matias Kupiainen, whom joined the band last year.
Here is the first single and video, Deep Unknown from their new Album, Polaris. Polaris was released today, May 13th.
Vocalist Timo Kotipelto explains, “Polaris is a positive, powerful album that Stratovarius fans all over the world are certain to take to their hearts.” A unique blend of rock anthems and heavy fist pumpers, Polaris is a take on metal that is fresh and compelling, sophisticated yet brimming with strength and fire. Polaris was recorded in the fall 2008 at Hästholmen and 5by5 studios, in Helsinki, Finland. It was mixed by the legendary Mikko Karmila, who has a long history with the band. They hid themselves in a secluded cottage in the forests of Finland to focus on making the perfect record, and emerged with not only Polaris, but also a positive new outlook on the direction of their career.
1.) Deep Unknown
2.) Falling Star
3.) King of Nothing
5.) Winter Skies
6.) Forever Is Today
7.) Higher We Go
8.) Somehow Precious
9.) Emancipation Part I
10.) Emancipation Part II
11.) Mountains Fall
North American Tour Dates:
9/16/09 – New York, NY – Nokia Theater
9/18/09 – Toronto, ONT – Opera House
9/19/09 – Quebec, QUE – Imperial de Quebec
9/20/09 – Montreal, QUE – Medley
9/21/09 – Boston, MA – Middle East
9/23/09 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
9/24/09 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
9/25/09 – Mokena, IL – Pearl Room
9/27/09 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
9/28/09 – Regina, SK – The Riddell at University
9/29/09 – Calgary, AB – Warehouse
9/30/09 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
10/2/09 – Vancouver, BC – Plaza Club
10/3/09 – Vancouver, BC – Sugar
10/4/09 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/6/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom at the Regency
10/7/09 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
(Images: Universal Music)