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Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their
formation (originally as Black Water), they have released 15 studio
albums and one live album. Along with Helloween, Blind Guardian, Gamma
Ray, HammerFall, Angra, Rhapsody of Fire and fellow Finnish power metal
bands Nightwish and Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius are considered one of
the leading groups of the power metal and symphonic metal genre.
The band has known many chaotic lineup changes: there are no founding
members in the band since Tuomo Lassila's departure in 1995, and
currently, the longest standing member is Timo Kotipelto, who joined in
Early Years And Fright Night
Stratovarius was founded in August 1984 in Finland under the name Black Water. They
went through a number of personnel, style and name changes before the
band found its own voice. The founding members were Tuomo Lassila,
Staffan Stråhlman, and John Vihervä. By 1985, the name had changed to
Stratovarius (a portmanteau of Stratocaster and Stradivarius, which is
also the name of an early Kraftwerk song), and guitarist/vocalist Timo
Tolkki entered the band in December of that year, replacing Stråhlman.In
1988 they released their first two singles, "Future Shock" and "Black
Night". In 1989 their debut album Fright Night was released, which would
be accompanied by a small tour of Europe.
Twilight Time and Dreamspace
In 1991 the group released their second album, which was initially
released under the name Stratovarius II but was later re-released in
1992 with the name Twilight Time. On this album Tolkki played bass as
well as guitar on all tracks, despite Jari Behm receiving credit on the
album. After Twilight Time was released, Behm was fired and replaced
with Jari Kainulainen. In 1994 Dreamspace, their third album, was
released. This album was the last album that followed the style of the
initial releases, because when Tolkki abandoned his position as lead
singer the group adopted the more neo-classical/symphonic style which
they became famous for.
Arrival Of Timo Kotipelto, Fourth Dimension
After releasing the album Dreamspace, Timo Tolkki decided to step down from
lead singer of the band to concentrate on guitar and songwriting as well
as to move Stratovarius in a new direction. The band started auditions
for a new singer, eventually choosing Timo Kotipelto. In 1995, the band
released their first album with Kotipelto on vocals Fourth Dimension,
which was accompanied by a music video for the song "Against the Wind".
This was the last album with a singing performance by Timo Tolkki, being
featured as a backing vocalist on this album. This was the first album
that showed signs of the new direction the band was heading, with tracks
such as "Twilight Symphony" using an orchestra for the first time in
Departure Of Tuomo Lassila And Antti Ikonen, Episode, Visions & Destiny
It was in this period that the last founding member left the band. Unhappy
with the new direction the band was heading, Tuomo Lassila decided to
leave the band along with Antti Ikonen, leaving Stratovarius searching
for a new drummer and keyboardist to fill their places. Jörg Michael
from Rage was hired as their drummer and soon after Jens Johansson of
Yngwie Malmsteen-fame was hired as keyboardist, a position he has held
to this date. This new line-up released Episode, an album that showcased
their new symphonic direction with a full orchestra and choir utilised
on tracks such as "Season of Change" and "Forever". The line-up on this
album proved to be their most stable, remaining the same until the
release of Polaris in 2009.
In 1997 the band released their sixth studio album titled Visions. This
album was released to a very positive reception, and featured notable
songs "The Kiss of Judas", "Black Diamond" and the title track "Visions
(Southern Cross)", a 10-minute epic that was their longest song at the
time. "Black Diamond" has since become one of their most recognised
songs, and has been included in almost all live setlists since its
release. In the same year the band recorded the album Destiny which
reached No.1 on the Finland charts. Destiny contained "S.O.S." and
"Rebel", as well as the 10-minute title track "Destiny".
Infinite And Intermission
In 2000, the album Infinite was released. Just like its predecessor,
Infinite reached No.1 in the Finnish chart, the last time one of their
albums would do so until the release of Elysium in 2011. Continuing the
trend of featuring lengthy symphonic pieces, the title track "Infinity"
is over 9 minutes long. Featured songs are "Hunting High And Low" and "A
Million Light Years Away". The following year saw the release of
Intermission a compilation album of B-Sides, bonus tracks from previous
albums and unreleased material. During this time, the band decided to
take a break from working on new material for Stratovarius. It was in
this time that Timo Tolkki released his second solo album Hymn to Life
and guest appeared on the Avantasia album The Metal Opera (Tolkki would
later play guest guitar on the sequel album The Metal Opera Part II).
Timo Kotipelto also began his side project Kotipelto, with the first
album Waiting for the Dawn getting released in 2002.
Elements, Pts. 1 & 2
In 2002 the band started work on their next project titled Elements.
Initially conceived as a double album, the project was eventually split
into two different releases, with Elements, Pt. 1 and Elements, Pt. 2
both being released the same year in 2003. This would contain some of
the group's most ambitious work yet, with the title track "Elements" on
Elements, Pt. 1 clocking in at 12 minutes, the longest song the band
would write until the release of Elysium in 2011. Elements was also the
first, and so far only, attempt at recording a double-album, and showed
the band experimenting with their musical style.
Hiatus, Stratovarius And Tolkki's Departure
During this period, tension was increasing in the band, and in 2004
Stratovarius temporarily disbanded after Timo Tolkki suffered a nervous
breakdown. A couple of months after the breakdown Tolkki was diagnosed
with bi-polar disorder and went into rehabilitation for a period. During
this time Timo Kotipelto released his second album with his side
project Kotipelto titled Coldness. It was also during this time that
Stratovarius orchestrated a series of publicity stunts, including
Kotipelto being fired and replaced by a female singer named "Katrina K",
as well as Tolkki being stabbed at a concert.
Eventually the stunts were revealed to be a hoax, and Tolkki reunited
the band to begin work on their next album. In 2005, the self-titled
album Stratovarius was released to hostile reception by fans.
Stratovarius featured a very different change in style compared to
previous efforts, containing almost no symphonic or neo-classical
elements in the music or soloing of Tolkki and Johansson that fans were
used to, and did not feature any lengthy epics. Tolkki was highly
critical of the album, and Stratovarius showed evidence of the band
relationship at an all-time low.
Seemingly against Tolkki's wishes, Jari Kainulainen was fired in 2005
following the release of the album for reasons Tolkki said were "so
absurd that I am not even [going to] try and explain them here".
Kainulainen was quickly replaced with Lauri Porra, and in 2006 the band
began work on a new album that was tentatively titled R...R..., however
as internal issues increased the project stalled. Eventually the band
reached a divide, with Johansson and Porra supporting Tolkki on one
side, and Kotipelto and Michael on the other. Finally, on March 4, 2008,
Tolkki officially declared that he was disbanding Stratovarius:
"It is time to stop the silence and announce what some of you have already been speculating. Stratovarius is no more..."
As Tolkki held the rights to the name Stratovarius and all its
royalties, it was his initial intention to completely disband
Stratovarius. However, on May 20, 2008 he agreed to sign over the rights
to the name Stratovarius and all its royalties to Timo Kotipelto, Jens
Johansson and Jörg Michael (though Michael was initially against using
the name Stratovarius), allowing Stratovarius to continue on without
him. Tolkki later took the songs he wrote for the R..R.. sessions and
formed the band Revolution Renaissance, using the R...R... to form the
name for the band, instead of the album. Stratovarius eventually found a
replacement guitarist with Matias Kupiainen, and soon after began work
on their next album.
Polaris, Elysium And Michael's Departure
Matias Kupiainen Joined The Band In 2008.
In 2009 came the release of Polaris, which reached No. 2 in Finland. It
was the first album after the departure of Timo Tolkki and Jari
Kainulainen, and featured in their place new guitarist Matias Kupiainen
and bassist Lauri Porra. The album yielded the two singles "Deep
Unknown" and "Higher We Go". In 2010 the album was re-released along
with different live material recorded during the Polaris Tour.
In September 2010, Stratovarius announced the start of recording of
their second album with Matias Kupiainen on guitar. Before officially
launching the album, the Darkest Hours EP was released with the new
songs "Darkest Hours" and "Infernal Maze", plus two live recordings of
older songs. To promote the new album, Stratovarius toured as guests on
Helloween's Seven Sinners Tour. As Stratovarius's drummer Jörg Michael
was diagnosed with cancer, he was temporarily replaced by Alex
Landenburg in the band.
In 2011 the band released their new album titled Elysium that quickly
reached No. 1 in Finland, the first time one of their albums reached
that since Infinite. Notable songs on the album include the singles
"Darkest Hours", "Under Flaming Skies", and the 18-minute epic
"Elysium", the longest song that Stratovarius has ever recorded.
Jörg Michael has announced his plans to leave the band for personal
reasons. Jörg played all the remaining tour dates until January 31 in
Guatemala City, and celebrated with a special Finnish "Farewell Jörg"
tour from November 18 to November 26.
New Drummer And Nemesis
In March 2012, the band announced a drummer search on their website and
Facebook page. On June 20, 2012, the band announced that Rolf Pilve is
their new drummer. Their new album, Nemesis, has been released on
February 22, 2013. The first single, "Unbreakable", was released on
January 25, 2013.
Timo Kotipelto: Vocals (1994-2004, 2005-present)
Jens Johansson: Keyboards (1995-present)
Lauri Porra: Bass (2005-present)
Matias Kupiainen: Guitars (2008-present)
Rolf Pilve: Drums (2012-present)
This Torrent Includes:
1. Fright Night (1989) (Japanese)
2. Twilight Time (1992) (Japanese Remastered)
3. Dreamspace (1994) (Japanese Remastered)
4. Fourth Dimension (1995) (Japanese Remastered)
5. Father Time (Single) (1996) (Japanese)
6. Will The Sun Rise? (Single) (1996) (Japanese)
7. Episode (1996) (Japanese Remastered)
8. Visions (1997) (Japanese Remastered)
9. Visions Of Europe (1998) 2CD
10. S.O.S. (Single) (1998)
11. Destiny (1998) (Japanese Remastered)
12. The Chosen Ones (1999)
13. Hunting High And Low (Single) (2000)
14. Infinite (2000) 2CD (Japanese)
15. A Million Light Years Away (Single) (2000)
16. Intermission (2001) (Japanese)
17. Eagleheart (Single) (2002)
18. Elements Pt. 1 (2003) 2CD
19. I Walk To My Own Song (Single) (2003)
20. Elements Pt. 2 (2003) 2CD
21. Maniac Dance (Single) (2005)
22. Stratovarius (2005) (Japanese)
23. Polaris (2009) 2CD
24. Darkest Hours [EP](2010)
25. Elysium (2011) (Japanese)
26. Under Flaming Winter Skies - Live In Tampere (2012) 2CD
27. Unbreakable [EP](2013)
28. Nemesis (2013) (Japanese)
Genre:Power Subgenre:Melodic Power Metal Bitrate:Lossless Size:11.33 GB
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