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TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON to release sophomore album “Angels of the Apocalypse” with an amazing cast of singers ! Out in May on Frontiers

March 11th, 2014
TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON to release sophomore album "Angels of the Apocalypse" with an amazing cast of singers ! Out in May on Frontiers

TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON to release sophomore album “Angels of the Apocalypse” with an amazing cast of singers ! Out in May on Frontiers

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON sophomore album, “Angels of the Apocalypse” on May 16th in Europe and May 20th in North America.

Following the release of the debut album “The Land of New Hope”, the “Metal Opera” was met with critical and fan acclaim, entering the national album charts in seven European countries, including a top 10 entry in Tolkki’s home country, Finland. In August 2013, Tolkki flew to Greece to seek the right inspiration for the follow-up album and upon his return he managed to develop a sound that is even more grandiose and symphonic and yet heavier and darker in direction as compared to the debut album. “In August 2012 I planned to release a Metal Opera that had to be a trilogy. I am following a specific storyboard in a musical format and this time the musical direction is heavier and darker than the previous Avalon” says Tolkki. ”This was deliberate since the Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics demanded that”.

As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary STRATOVARIUS “Dreamspace” lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums respectively. “It was really nice and brought good vibes and freshness to the album,” tells Timo. “Definitely the right move.”

The amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen – who takes care of the lead vocals on the first single “Design The Century” – along with Simone Simons (EPICA), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Zachary Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), plus Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) – who appears again after contributing to the first album – and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album which is also produced by Tolkki. “Some songs were written with a specific singer in mind, while for some others I decided based on the knowledge that I had on how he or she would perform. I am particularly happy of how this record sounds especially two songs You’ll Bleed Forever and the 10 minute title track are among my favourite ever”, says Tolkki.

Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digipak.

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Stratovarius release new video for “Unbreakable”

December 20th, 2013

Stratovarius fans! Many of you were waiting for this and here we go: The official music video for “Unbreakable” from the current Stratovarius album “Nemesis”. Stay tuned for even more news!

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Tuska Open Air – Suvilahti Helsinki Finland

August 29th, 2013

Tuska festival

TUSKA OPEN AIR FESTIVAL 2013

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

TUSKA AFTERPARTY FEAT. MARKY RAMONE’S BLITZKRIEG REVIEW  BY CHRISTER USENIUS

The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Suvilahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is the new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with burning and hot asphalt underfoot. Tuska faced a serious battle to pull the audience as another festival named Rock The Beach was arranged on the same weekend in the Helsinki area. The line-up of that festival mostly pulled the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Tuska however managed to pull about 25.000 visitors during the weekend. That was pretty good as the line-up did look good, not that tempting to pull a mainstream audience.

Nightwish and Testament, and of course the legendary Danish King Diamond were headliners, but of course a few cult metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Lama, had to be  witnessed. The festival was an nice success although the event wasn’t sold out. Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the metal in different forms.

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TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON’S METAL OPERA “THE LAND OF NEW HOPE” MAKES STRONG DEBUT IN EUROPE WITH SEVERAL TOP 100 BOWS

May 29th, 2013
TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON “The Land of New Hope”

TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON “The Land of New Hope”

EXCITING CONCEPT ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS

(New York, NY) – Timo Tolkki’s Avalon new metal opera, THE LAND OF NEW HOPE (Frontiers Records), has made impressive album chart debuts in Europe, with several Top 100 album chart bows, including a Top 10 album chart debut in composer Timo Tolkki‘s native Finland.  The exciting concept album debut #s are as follows: Finland – #7, Sweden – #42, Switzerland – #59, Norway – #80 and Germany – #90.  The album is available digitally and in regular and deluxe physical versions.

THE LAND OF NEW HOPE takes place more than 40 years in the future when most of the planet has been destroyed by natural disasters.  The title of the opera refers to the safe haven that a small group of survivors seek.  THE LAND OF NEW HOPE is composed by one of the forefathers of the power metal genre, former Stratovarius main songwriter and guitarist, Timo Tolkki.  Click here to check out the sultry video for first single “Enshrined In My Memory,” featuring the beautiful Elize Ryd (Amaranthe).  Click here to check out the official EPK and click here to access cover art.  The album is available in two formats: a standard CD and a deluxe edition featuring a 30-minute documentary on the making-of the album and two videos.

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Amaranthe and Stratovarius as double Headline with support act on Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour 2013 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe, Sweden

May 23rd, 2013

Stratovarius & Amaranthe

Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour 2013

Seven Kingdoms (support)

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
April 17th, 2013

Review and live pictures by Anders Sandvall

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TIMO TOLKKI RETURNS WITH A STUNNING SYMPHONIC METAL OPERA « THE LAND OF NEW HOPE » DUE OUT ON FRONTIERS IN MAY

March 14th, 2013
TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON “The Land of New Hope”

TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON “The Land of New Hope”

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON stunning new Metal Opera entitled “The Land of New Hope” on May 17th in Europe and May 21st in North America.

Hailed by fans and press as one of the forefathers of the Power Metal genre with his songwriting for the band STRATOVARIUS in the late 90’s and early 00’s, Timo Tolkki has been silently preparing his musical revenge. Following a call in August 2012 from Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, Tolkki quickly cancelled all plans and started writing new music following an original concept discussed years ago between the artist and Perugino. The idea was to have a magniloquent metal / rock opera with some cinematic orchestrations to bring back the STRATOVARIUS original sound in a more symphonic and grandiose fashion. “I sort of rediscovered myself musically in the process of making this album”, explains Tolkki. “I wrote the story first and started composing the music after that. My aim was to write memorable songs with good melodies that would support the story. In STRATOVARIUS back in early 90’s, I was one of those who were there in creating the whole Power Metal genre, so it is natural that people may associate this music style to me. But on this album you will find a lot of different dynamics as well with some songs that are fully orchestrated and sound very very big”. Read the rest of this entry »

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STRATOVARIUS releases video for second single “Halcyon Days”

March 8th, 2013
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Stratovarius – Nemesis

New studio album “Nemesis” charts top 50 in six countries

Melodic metal legends STRATOVARIUS are pleased to unleash their “Halcyon Days” video from the band’s latest full-length, “Nemesis”, released via earMUSIC. Hailed by the media as, “the best STRATOVARIUS album since many, many years,” by Metal Hammer Germany, “a collection of the band’s greatest hits that you never heard until now,” by Metal Underground in the US and, “the strongest STRATOVARIUS album since the beginning of the century,” by KaaosZine in Finland, STRATOVARIUS were once again able to live up to their reputation as one of the leading names of the metal genre, once again exceeding fans’ and critics’ expectations and charting all over the world: Finland: # 3, Czech Republic # 12, Switzerland # 30, Spain # 32, Germany # 41, Sweden # 44, France # 56, Norway # 56, Austria # 62, Canada # 126.

 

Coinciding with the band’s European tour, set to commence in Helsinki, Finland, the band today proudly reveals the video for their second single. The footage for “Halcyon Days” was shot in Lithuania by Pekka Hara, and perfectly captures the song’s theme of finding one’s peace of mind.

At once aggressive and sinister in its almost techno-influenced stormy moments, the chorus and bridge of “Halcyon Days” reflects serenity with its hopeful and powerful melody. Referring to a legend that there were seven days of peace in the midst of a stormy season, the song also features this quiet moment of passing through the eye of the storm.

 

The band explains: “It was a really nice experience working with Pekka and his team, and Lithuania was a pleasant surprise, very friendly people there and everything worked out great. This video sets the mood of the song perfectly. And the fact is: a band is nothing without the fans.”

 

Prior to the video shoot, the band had launched a fan competition asking their supporters to send a picture of their most prized STRATOVARIUS item. Over 100 items were sent, of which the band handpicked the 10 most original objects, which are now featured in the video. Over the course of the next weeks, STRATOVARIUS will also launch a special fan item version of the video on their official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius.

 

Watch the video for “Halcyon Days” below:

 

 

NORDIC NEXUS OF NEMESIS TOUR 2013

 

08.03. Helsinki – Tavastia (FIN)

09.03. Kauhava – Tiikeri (FIN)

15.03. St. Petersburg – Aurora Hall (R)

20.03. München – Backstage Halle (GER)

21.03. Erfurt – Stadtgarten (GER)

22.03. Zlin – Masters of Rock Café (CZ)

23.03. Budapest – Club 202 (H)

24.03. Bratislava – Majestic Club (SK)

26.03. Vienna – Szene (A)

27.03. Nürnberg – Hirsch (GER)

28.03. Bochum – Matrix (GER)

29.03. Hamburg – Grünspan (GER)

30.03. Uden – De Pul (NL)

31.03. Paris – Cigale (F)

02.04. Strassburg – La Laiterie (F)

03.04. Lyon – Le Kao (F)

05.04. Barcelona – Razzmatazz (E)

06.04. Madrid – Arena (E)

07.04. Bilbao – Rock Star (E)

09.04. Pratteln – Z7 (CH)

10.04. Milan – Alcatrazz (I)

11.04. Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik (GER)

12.04. Aschaffenburg  - Colos-Saal (GER)

13.04. Mons – PPM Fest (Festival) (B)

14.04. Osnabrück – Rosenhof (GER)

16.04. Copenhagen – Amager Bio (DK)

17.04. Malmö – KB (S)

18.04. Stockholm – Klubben (S)

19.04. Lahti – Finlandia-klubi (FIN)

20.04. Tampere – Pallahuone (FIN)

26.04. Mikkeli – Vaakuna (FIN)

27.04. Jyväskylä – Lutakko (FIN)

30.04. Helsinki – Virgin Oil (FIN)

18.05. Sao Paulo – Carioca Club (BRA)

24.05. Santiago – Blondie (CHI)

15.06. Kaarina – Saaristo Open 2013 (FIN)

 

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Stratovarius ‘Nemesis’ Album Samples

February 20th, 2013

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Stratovarius – Nemesis

STRATOVARIUS will release their new album, Nemesis, as standard 11-track edition as well as 13-track special edition, on February 22nd.

 

The tracklist of the standard edition is as follows:

 

Abandon’

‘Unbreakable’

‘Stand My Ground’

‘Halcyon Days’

‘Fantasy’

‘Out Of The Fog’

‘Castles In The Air’

‘Dragons’

‘One Must Fall’

‘If The Story Is Over’

‘Nemesis’

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STRATOVARIUS – Sample Of Title Track To Nemesis Streaming

December 31st, 2012

EarMUSIC will release the long-awaited new studio album by STRATOVARIUS called Nemesis, as standard 11-track edition as well as 13-track special edition on February 22nd. Check out a sample of the title track below:

 

Stratovarius - Nemesis

Stratovarius – Nemesis

Nemesis will include the following tracklisting:

‘Abandon’

‘Unbreakable’

‘Stand My Ground’

‘Halcyon Days’

‘Fantasy’

‘Out Of The Fog’

‘Castles In The Air’

‘Dragons’

‘One Must Fall’

‘If The Story Is Over’

‘Nemesis’

 

Another sample of the track ‘Unbreakable’ can be heard below:

 

Stratovarius are hailed as one of the most influential and successful symphonic metal bands in the world and they have managed to establish themselves as one of the metal scene’s heavy names. The new album, Nemesis, unites all the best traits of the band’s melodic, powerful, fresh and technically elaborated metal, all spiced up with an incredible sense for melody.

The album was produced and mixed by Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox studios, who has a long history with the band.

Nemesis has a dark and more modern sound compared to the band’s last album, Elysium. It clearly shows how much the band has matured and grown as songwriters. At the same time, the band focused all their attention and work into creating and recording Nemesis. Singer Timo Kotipelto has spent three weeks recording the vocals in a cottage in the Finnish countryside.

Matias Kupiainen adds: “I have more or less lived in the studio for four months, obsessing over every detail. I feel very relieved that we are done and I am very happy with the material and the sound.”

Timo Kotipelto agrees: “Making the album this time was easier because we gave it as much time as it needed. We have worked our asses off to make this and we hope the fans will like it.”

Without doubt, the fans will love it! The album has it all. From the typical melodic and powerful Stratovarius sound in ‘Abandon’, to the aggressive and energetic ‘Stand My Ground’, the album represents the new style of the band mixed with good old melodic power metal. Stratovarius’ musical approach is today wider and richer than ever. The song ‘Fantasy’ sounds almost ABBA-esque with its catchy pop tune, but it’s powered by the famous Stratovarius metal sound, louder than ever. ‘Out Of The Fog’ integrates some folk music elements, with lyrics telling the story of a young person forced to march blindly into battle. The only ballad on the album, ‘If The Story Is Over’, is a very emotional song with a grand arrangement that builds up to using the full band and ends with a small female choir. The title track ‘Nemesis’ is a typical Stratovarius song, with echoes of medieval melodies with powerful double bass drumming and the catchy pop melodies from this side of the millennium.

Says Timo Kotipelto: “The title track of the album; with its modern twist on the myth of Nemesis, tells a story of a preacher who gives each one what they deserve, good or bad. The song has a very nice riff, cool melodies and a great good old Stratovarius style chorus.”

To shorten the waiting period for the album, January 25th finds the release of the limited edition EP, Unbreakable. It features five songs: the new album leading track ‘Unbreakable’ and a selection of four songs from previous albums, remastered by Mika Jussila. Songs like ‘Falling Star’ (taken from Polaris) and ‘Freedom’ (taken from Infinite) show a different, catchy side of Stratovarius and guide the way to the new masterpiece Nemesis.

Matias Kupiainen about the new song: “’Unbreakable’ is a very important song to me and the lyrics have a lot of personal meaning. Sometimes you can snap out of your day to day fog and see what is important. And when you are in that special moment, when you have that special feeling, you are invincible, unbreakable; you should really stop and enjoy the feeling. Even, if the whole world falls apart tomorrow.”

Timo Kotipelto adds: “This album has a darker and more modern sound. We, as a band, have gone through a lot and we have matured as songwriters. The making of this album was easier than before, because we could give it as much time as needed.”

 

Unbreakable tracklisting:

 

‘Unbreakable’ (taken from the brand new studio album Nemesis)

‘Falling Star’ (taken from Polaris)

‘The Game Never Ends’ (taken from Elysium)

‘Freedom’ (taken from Infinite)

‘Why Are We Here’ (taken from Intermission)

 

(Songs 2-5 remastered by Mika Jussila in 2012)

 

Stratovarius and AMARANTHE are teaming up in a double headline bill next spring. The Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour 2013 will kick off in Munich, Germany on March 20th.

 

Confirmed dates include:

 

March

20 – Backstagehalle – Munich, Germany

21 – Stadtgarten – Erfurt, Germany

22 – Masters Of Rock Cafe – Zlin, Czech Republic

23 – Club 202 – Budapest, Hungary

24 – Majestic Club – Bratislava, Slovakia

26 – Szene – Vienna, Austria

27 – Hirsch – Nürnberg, Germany

28 – Matrix – Bochum, Germany

29 – Grünspan – Hamburg, Germany

30 – De Pul – Uden, Netherlands

31 – La Cigale – Paris, France

 

April

2 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France

3 – Le Kao – Lyon, France

5 – Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona, Spain

6 – Arena – Madrid, Spain

7 – Rock Star – Bilbao, Spain

9 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland

10 – Alcatrazz – Milan, Italia

11 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, Germany

13 – PPM Fest (Festival) – Mons, Belgium

 

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STRATOVARIUS REVEAL ALBUM COVER & FIRST SONG “UNBREAKABLE”

December 5th, 2012
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Stratovarius – Nemesis

Stratovarius reveals the cover artwork and final track-list for their anticipated new album “Nemesis” through earMUSIC.
The brand new studio album will be released as a standard 11-track edition as well as a 13 track special edition on February 22nd, 2013.

Stratovarius are hailed as one of the most influential and successful Melodic Metal bands in the world and they have managed to establish themselves as one of metal scene’s heavy names.
The new album “Nemesis” unites all the best traits of the band’s melodic, powerful, fresh and technically elaborated metal, all spiced up with an incredible sense of melody.
The album was produced and mixed by Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox studios) who has a long history with the band.

Nemesis” has a dark and more modern sound compared to the band’s last album “Elysium”. It clearly shows how much the band has matured and grown as songwriters. At the same time, the band focused all their attention and work into creating and recording “Nemesis”. Singer Timo Kotipelto has spent three weeks recording the vocals in a cottage in the Finnish countryside.

Matias Kupiainen adds: “I have more or less lived in the studio for four months, obsessing over every detail. I feel very relieved that we are done and I am very happy with the material and the sound.”
Timo Kotipelto agrees: “Making the album this time was easier because we gave it as much time as it needed. We have worked our asses off to make this and we hope the fans will like it.”

Without doubt, the fans will love it! The album has it all. From the typical melodic and powerful Stratovarius sound in “Abandon”, to the aggressive and energetic “Stand My Ground”, the album represents the new style of the band mixed with good old melodic power metal.
Stratovarius´ musical approach is today wider and richer than ever. The song “Fantasy” sounds almost ABBA-esque with its catchy pop tune, but it´s powered by the famous Stratovarius metal sound, louder than ever.
“Out Of The Fog” integrates some folk music elements, with lyrics telling the story of a young person forced to march blindly into battle.
The only ballad on the album, “If The Story Is Over”, is a very emotional song with a grand arrangement that builds up to using the full band and ends with a small female choir.

The title track “Nemesis” is a typical Stratovarius song, with echoes of medieval melodies with powerful double bass drumming and the catchy pop melodies from this side of the millennium.

Says Timo Kotipelto: “The title track of the album; with its modern twist on the myth of Nemesis, it tells a story of a preacher who gives each one what they deserve, good or bad. The song has a very nice riff, cool melodies and a great good old Stratovarius style chorus.”

All songs revolve around the leading track “Unbreakable”, a very melodic song with a soft piano intro in contrast to the heavy riffing that the album would display later on. This song is also the title song of the limited edition EP “Unbreakable”, to be released January 25th, 2013.

To get an exclusive first listen to Stratovarius’ next hit song, please follow the link: http://youtu.be/1yotdnvXr08

NEMESIS TRACKLIST

1. Abandon
2. Unbreakable
3. Stand My Ground
4. Halcyon Days
5. Fantasy
6. Out Of The Fog
7. Castles In The Air
8. Dragons
9. One Must Fall
10. If The Story Is Over
11. Nemesis

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STRATOVARIUS TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM “NEMESIS” AND EP “UNBREAKABLE”

November 23rd, 2012
Stratovarius - "UNBREAKABLE" (EP)

Stratovarius – “UNBREAKABLE” (EP)

EarMusic is proud and very happy to announce the release of “Nemesis” the new studio album by Stratovarius, to hit the stores as standard 11-track edition as well as 13 track special edition on February 22nd, 2013.

A taste of the new studio album can be enjoyed with the Limited Edition EP “Unbreakable”, released on January 25th, 2013.

Stratovarius are hailed as one of the most influential and successful Symphonic Metal bands in the world and they have managed to establish themselves as one of the metal scene’s heavy names. The new album “Nemesis” unites all the best traits of the band’s melodic, powerful, fresh and technically elaborated metal, all spiced up with an incredible sense for melody.

The album was produced and mixed by Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox studios, who has a long history with the band. To shorten the waiting period for the album, January 25th, 2013 finds the release of the limited edition EP “Unbreakable”. It features five songs: the new album leading track “Unbreakable” and a selection of four songs from previous albums, remastered by Mika Jussila. Songs like “Falling Star” (taken from “Polaris”) and “Freedom” (taken from “Infinite”) show a different, catchy side of Stratovarius and guide the way to the new masterpiece “Nemesis”.

Matias Kupiainen about the new song: “’Unbreakable’ is a very important song to me and the lyrics have a lot of personal meaning. Sometimes you can snap out of your day to day fog and see what is important. And when you are in that special moment, when you have that special feeling, you are invincible, unbreakable; you should really stop and enjoy the feeling. Even, if the whole world falls apart tomorrow.”

Timo Kotipelto adds: “This album has a darker and more modern sound. We, as a band, have gone through a lot and we have matured as songwriters. The making of this album was easier than before, because we could give it as much time as needed.”

UNBREAKABLE TRACKLIST

01. Unbreakable (taken from the brand new studio album “Nemesis”)
02. Falling Star (taken from “Polaris”)
03. The Game Never Ends (taken from “Elysium”)
04. Freedom (taken from “Infinite”)
05. Why Are We Here (taken from “Intermission”)

Songs 2-5 remastered by Mika Jussila in 2012.

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The band will perform the new songs live for the very first time headlining the Radio Rock Cruise in Finland from February 9th to February 10th , followed by their first club show in Helsinki on March 3rd., 2013. On March 20th, 2013 Stratovarius will kick-off for their Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour 2013 with fellow Scandinavians Amaranthe, before they return to Finland mid April to play 5 more shows:

STRATOVARIUS LIVE 2013
09.02.-10.02.2013 (FI) Radio Rock Cruise (Headliner)
08.03.2013 (FI) HELSINKI / Tavasti *

NORDIC NEXUS OF NEMESIS TOUR Stratovarius & Amaranthe Double Headline Tour

20.03.2013 (D) MÜNCHEN / Backstage Halle
21.03.2013 (D) ERFURT / Stadtgarten
22.03.2013 (CZ) ZLIN / Masters of Rock Café
23.03.2013 (H) BUDAPEST / Club 202
24.03.2013 (SK) BRATISLAVA / Majestic Club
26.03.2013 (A) VIENNA / Szene
27.03.2013 (D) NÜRNBERG /Hirsch
28.03.2013 (D) BOCHUM / Matrix
29.03.2013 (D) HAMBURG / Grünspan
30.03.2013 (NL) UDEN / De Pul
31.03.2013 (F) PARIS / Cigale
02.04.2013 (F) STRASSBURG / La Laiterie
03.04.2013 (F) LYON / Le Kao
05.04.2013 (E) BARCELONA / Razzmatazz 2
06.04.2013 (E) MADRID / Arena
07.04.2013 (E) BILBAO / Rock Star
09.04.2013 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
10.04.2013 (I) MILAN / Alcatrazz
11.04.2013 (D) LUDWIGSBURG / Rockfabrik
12.04.2013 (D) ASCHAFFENBURG / Colos-Saal
13.04.2013 (B) MONS / PPM Fest (Festival)
14.04.2013 (D) OSNABRÜCK / Rosenhof
16.04.2013 (DK) COPENHAGEN / Amager Bio
17.04.2013 (S) MALMÖ / KB
18.04.2013 (S) STOCKHOLM / Klubben
19.04.2013 (FI) LATHI / Finlandia-klubi*
20.04.2013 (FI) TAMPERE / Pakkahuone*
26.04.2013 (FI) MIKKELI / Vaakuna*
27.04.2013 (FI) JYVÄSKYLÄ, Lutakko*
30.04.2013 (FI) HELSINKI, Virgin Oil*

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STRATOVARIUS Complete New Album

November 15th, 2012
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STRATOVARIUS have finished work on the follow-up to 2011′s Elysium. Says the band: “Wonderful news! We just walked out from Finnvox studios with our new album in our hands! Band’s longtime friend and mastering guru Mr. (Mika) Jussila (NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS, SENTENCED) gave his magical touch to our record and it sounds awesome!!!

The as-yet-untitled album is the first to feature drummer Rolf Pilve and is due out in the spring via Edel/JVC.

Stratovarius and AMARANTHE are teaming up in a double headline bill next spring. The Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour 2013 will kick off in Munich, Germany on March 20th.

 

Confirmed dates include:

 

March

20 – Backstagehalle – Munich, Germany

21 – Stadtgarten – Erfurt, Germany

22 – Masters Of Rock Cafe – Zlin, Czech Republic

23 – Club 202 – Budapest, Hungary

24 – Majestic Club – Bratislava, Slovakia

26 – Szene – Vienna, Austria

27 – Hirsch – Nürnberg, Germany

28 – Matrix – Bochum, Germany

29 – Grünspan – Hamburg, Germany

30 – De Pul – Uden, Netherlands

31 – La Cigale – Paris, France

 

April

2 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France

3 – Le Kao – Lyon, France

5 – Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona, Spain

6 – Arena – Madrid, Spain

7 – Rock Star – Bilbao, Spain

9 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland

10 – Alcatrazz – Milan, Italia

11 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, Germany

13 – PPM Fest (Festival) – Mons, Belgium

 

 

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Stratovarius – Keyboardist Jens Johansson

October 21st, 2012

Keyboardist Jens Johansson

Interviewed by EvilG

Live photos by Arto Lehtinen (unless where otherwise noted)

For many years now I’ve counted Stratovarius amongst my favorite bands. Despite the bands ups and downs, they’ve have been on a steady incline over the past 4 years with two killer albums in a row and a new live album/DVD/Blu-Ray and a new album coming in the spring of 2013.  I spoke with Jens about their current live release, the upcoming album, the departure of drummer Jorg Michael, the absence of the band from North America on the previous tour, and much more. Enjoy.

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STRATOVARIUS To Unleash Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere 2-CD/DVD In North America

August 13th, 2012

The news of drummer Jörg Michael’s departure from the Finnish melodic metal brigade STRATOVARIUS in September 2011 was a shock for all of the band’s fans. To say goodbye to a friend, hero and member who characterized STRATOVARIUS‘ sound for over a decade, the group embarked on a five-show farewell tour of Finland in November of last year. Before returning with a brand new studio album in 2013, STRATOVARIUS will release a two-hour 2-CD/DVD set filmed and recorded in Tampere, Finland on November 19, 2011. This is one of the very last shows the band played with Michael.

Set for North American release on August 28, 2012 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records, Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere, which entered the Music DVD chart in Finland at position No. 1 upon its first week of release overseas, marks the end of an era as well as a new beginning. Hits and classics like “Under Flaming Skies”, “Speed Of Light” and “Hunting High And Low” as well as exclusive bonus material (30-minute documentary about the band’s history, exclusive interviews with each member as well as a special comment from Jörg Michael regarding reasons for his departure) makes it a must-have for every fan and a real collector’s item not to be missed.

Check out the DVD trailer as well as a “Black Diamond” performance clip below:

Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere Track Listing:
CD 1
01. Under Flaming Skies
02. I Walk To My Own Song
03. Speed Of Light
04. Kiss Of Judas
05. Deep Unknown
06. guitar solo
07. Eagleheart
08. Paradise
09. Visions
10. bass solo
11. Coming Home

CD 2
01. Legions Of The Twilight
02. Darkest Hours
03. Burn
04. Behind Blue Eyes
05. Winter Skies
06. keyboard solo
07. Black Diamond
08. Father Time
09. Hunting High And Low

DVD  Track Listing:

01. Intro
02. Under Flaming Skies
03. I Walk To My Own Song
04. Speed Of Light
05. Kiss Of Judas
06. Deep Unknown
07. guitar solo
08. Eagleheart
09. Paradise
10. Visions
11. bass solo
12. Coming Home
13. Legions Of The Twilight
14. Darkest Hours
15. Jörg Speech
16. Burn
17. Behind Blue Eyes
18. Winter Skies
19. keyboard solo
20. Black Diamond
21. Father Time
22. Hunting High And Low

 

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STRATOVARIUS ANNOUNCES NEW DRUMMER

June 20th, 2012
Stratovarius 2012

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Last year Jörg Michael announced his departure from Stratovarius after sixteen years of incredible drumming, countless tours and nine studio albums. Jörg played his final tour with the band in 2011. One of the last concerts in Finland was recorded, and will be released as a Live DVD/Bluray on June 27. It is titled “Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere”. Check out a one-song sample of the song “Black Diamond” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6b_WoY9zaM (and below).

The DVD is the first live DVD the band has ever released, and sadly it is the final for Jörg Michael. It includes two hours of a very powerful live show, plus a 30 minute long documentary about the band with interviews with all band members. It is a must-have for all Stratovarius fans with lots of inside information, very honest interviews, and the once in a lifetime departure of an outstanding member and friend: Jörg Michael. Even though he will still be working for the band on the management and agency side, it was a dramatic and nostalgic moment when he finally left the stage.

As a bonus track, the Bluray disc contains a 5.1 mix of the 18 minute song “Elysium” from the last studio album with the same name.

It was not easy to find a new drummer who is not only an excellent musician and a cool guy, but also courageous enough trying to fill the big hole Jörg Michael has left.

24 years old Rolf Pilve from Finland is that courageous and gifted drummer.

“Although the competition was fierce, Rolf was clearly the best one of the bunch. His precise playing, sureness and right attitude was there right away. He has an astonishing technique and to top that of he has a very musical way of playing, so he can bring something of his own into our old songs as well. Rolf has played a variety of different styles of metal, so fast tempos or more progressive parts will not be a problem. Whatever songs we might compose in the future – I have no doubt that he will be able to play them.”, says singer Timo Kotipelto, commenting on the new drummer’s abilities.

“I had prepared for the audition thoroughly, learning all the songs we agreed on, with the live-endings and everything. In addition to that I had also learned some extra songs just to be safe. Playing with the guys was excellent, and already the next day after the audition I got to hear that I had been the best one of the drummers they had auditioned. What followed was yet another audition where we would play more casually and jam”, says the newly chosen drummer.

The band received more than 100 applications, some of them very competent and high caliber Finns, but also included were some foreign drummers who had already made a name for themselves.

Timo Kotipelto describes the criteria the band had for the new drummer: “He had to be a really good player, but also a nice guy. We were not looking for a Jörg Michael clone. “

Stratovarius has been an influence for Pilve for years, and now he gets to step into the big boots of his idol. Rolf Pilve will join Stratovarius first time on stage at Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland on July 11, 2012.

TOURDATES:
11.7. Helsinki, Tavastia, Finland
12.7. Tampere, Tammerfest, Finland
13.7. Pecs, Rockmarathon, Hungary
14.7. Zlin, Masters of Rock, Czech Republic
28.7. Huuhkajavuori, Huuhkurock, Finland
18.8. Murcia, Leyendas del Rock, Spain
25.8. Andernach, Summer’s end Festival, Germany

Line up:
Timo Kotipelto – Vocals
Jens Johansson – Keyboards
Lauri Porra – Bass
Matias Kupianen – Guitar
Rolf Pilve – Drums

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