The brand new studio album is the first Stratovarius CD with the new guitar player Matias Kupiainen and it‘s a great return to the classic Stratovarius sound that the fans were expecting.
“I can’t wait to hit the road again and meet all fans who supported us through all our good and bad times.“ (Jens Johansson - Stratovarius) In September 2008, freed from many burdens of negativity, the band found the freedom to go into seclusion for almost a month in a cottage by the sea in a Finnish forest to relax, laugh, write songs, be creative together and record. They found themselves being a band reborn. The result is a melodic, powerful, fresh, tight, and technically elaborate new album.
‘Polaris’ was recorded in the fall of 2008 at Hästholmen and 5by5 studios, Helsinki, Finland. Mixed by the long-time confi dant of the band Mikko Karmila the album became another shining polar star at the Northern sky. Powerful melodies mingle with sophisticated arrangements, strong anthems stand alongside heavy songs. 11 songs full of energy, musicianship and a positive outlook.