Stratovarius - a hard working band which established itself as one of the top names in the Metal music scene.
Despite several changes in the line-up, the band managed to gain internationally success with albums like “Fourth Dimension” (1995), “Episode” (1996) and their epic project “Elements, Pt.1” and “Elements, Pt.2” (a peak in their progressive and symphonic style of Power Metal) to name just a few of the band‘s milestones.
With the fi fth release “Episode” Stratovarius had fi nally found its sound. Albums like “Destiny” (1998) and “Infinte” (2000) helped expanding their fame and fan-base.
Following 2005’s “Stratovarius” the band released “Polaris” in 2009 this already being their 12th studio album. “Polaris” was the best proof to make clear that Stratovarius are still on top form and still are able to captivate people all over the world.
“Polaris” was the great return to the classic Stratovarius sound that the fans had hoped for and the first Stratovarius CD with the
new guitar player Matias Kupiainen.
Recording the album in 2008 they found themselves being a band reborn. The result was the melodic, powerful, fresh, tight and technically elaborate album “Polaris“.
“Polaris“ was celebrated worldwide and charted Top 100 in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, France, Italy, Norway to name just a few
and even reached the #2 spot in Finland.
The supporting “Polaris” world-tour brought the guys into 50 different territories playing a total of 85 shows and led to the idea and
demand to also record a live CD which is now captured on the second disc within the beautiful package - “Polaris + Polaris Live”.
The live disc features 75 minutes live in concert material recorded in different cities and countries and is also including some great live pictures.
Stratovarius are currently working on a new studio album to be released at the end of 2010 /early 2011.