On Tour

22.10.2017 Alcatraz Milano [IT] Tickets

Past Dates

26.08.2017 FDB Festival Fabrica di Roma [IT]
13.07.2017 Masters of Rock Vizovice [CZ]
01.07.2017 Z! Live Rock Fest Zamora [ES]
30. - 30.06.2017 Metal Frenzy Gardelegen [DE]
23. - 24.06.2017 Rock am Härtsfeldsee Dischingen [DE]
29.10.2016 Volta Moscow [RU]
28.10.2016 Opera Concert Club St Petersburg [RU]
24.09.2016 Spazio Rock Milano [IT]
19.08.2016 More Than Fest Banska Bystrica [SK]
11.08.2016 Leyendas del Rock Villena [ES]
04.06.2016 Metalfest Plzen [CZ]
16.04.2016 Metal Franconia Dattelbach [DE]
13.02.2016 Teatro Vorterix Buenos Aires [AR]
12.02.2016 Carioca Club Sao Paulo [BR]
09.02.2016 Circo Volador Mexico City [MX]
04.02.2016 70000 Tons of Metal Miami [US]
01.02.2016 Club Quattro Nagoya [JP]
30.01.2016 Club Quattro Osaka [JP]
29.01.2016 Studio Coast Tokyo [JP]
19.12.2015 Barona Areena Espoo [FI]
13.12.2015 Teatro Flores Buenos Aires [AR]
10.12.2015 Carioca Sao Paulo [BR]
15.11.2015 Masters of Rock Zlin [CZ]
13.11.2015 Kulturfabrik Kufstein [AT]
12.11.2015 Substage Karlsruhe [DE]
11.11.2015 Gruenspan Hamburg [DE]
10.11.2015 LKA Stuttgart [DE]
09.11.2015 Batschkapp Frankfurt [DE]
07.11.2015 Matrix Bochum [DE]
06.11.2015 Essigfabrik Cologne [DE]
05.11.2015 Effenaar Eindhoven [NL]
04.11.2015 Biebob Vosselaar [BE]
03.11.2015 O2 Academy Islington London [UK]
01.11.2015 Trabendo Paris [FR]
31.10.2015 La Rodia Besancon [FR]
30.10.2015 Z -7 Pratteln [CH]
28.10.2015 Razzmatazz Barcelona [ES]
27.10.2015 Koh-Tao Valencia [ES]
25.10.2015 Custom Sevilla [ES]
24.10.2015 Sala BUT Madrid [ES]
23.10.2015 Santana Bilbao [ES]
21.10.2015 Live Club Milano [IT]
20.10.2015 Backstage Munich [DE]
19.10.2015 Majestic Bratislava [SK]
17.10.2015 Vaudeville Lindau [DE]
16.10.2015 Musichall Geiselwind [DE]
14.10.2015 Barba Negra Budapest [HU]
13.10.2015 Szene Vienna [AT]
11.10.2015 C-Club Berlin [DE]
10.10.2015 Progresja Warsaw [PL]
09.10.2015 Fabryka Cracov [PL]
07.10.2015 Galaxy Event Hall Vilnius [LT]
06.10.2015 Melna Piektdiena Riga [LV]
05.10.2015 Factory Tallinn [EE]
03.10.2015 Trondheim Metal Fest 2015 Trondheim [NO]
31.08.2015 Full Metal Cruise Hamburg [DE]
30.08.2015 Full Metal Cruise at sea []
29.08.2015 Full Metal Cruise Gothenburg [SE]
28.08.2015 Full Metal Cruise Copenhagen [DK]
27.08.2015 Full Metal Cruise Kiel [DE]
01.08.2015 Ostrava v plamenech Ostrava [CZ]
30.07. - 01.08.2015 W:O:A 2015 Wacken [DE]
11.07.2015 Sotkamon Syke 2015 Vuokatti [FI]
26.06.2015 Top Fest Piestany [SK]
30.11.2014 Arena Hall Club Krasnodar [RU]
29.11.2014 Aria Fest Moscow [RU]
29.11.2014 Stadium Live Club Moscow [RU]
28.11.2014 TBA St. Petersburg [RU]
14.09.2014 Impérial Québec City [CA]
13.09.2014 Olympia Montreal [CA]
12.09.2014 ProgPower USA XV Atlanta [US]
02.08.2014 Rock Off Istanbul [TR]
04.07.2014 Rock Fest Barcelona [ES]
11.04.2014 Durbuy Rock Durbuy [BE]
08.12.2013 Festival Siembra y Lucha San José [CR]
25.10.2013 The Hi Fi Sydney Sydney [AU]
23.10.2013 Billboard The Venue Melbourne [AU]
20.10.2013 Loudpark Tokyo [JP]
06.09.2013 Havirov City Fest Havirov [CZ]
10.08.2013 Agglutination Festival Senise [IT]
09.08.2013 Rock Pod Kamenom Snina [SK]
04.08.2013 Busan International Rock Festival Busan [KR]
03.08.2013 V-HALL Seoul [KR]
27.07.2013 Tuhdimmat Tahdit Nokia [FI]
12.07.2013 Bang Your Head Balingen [DE]
30.06.2013 Tuska Open Air Helsinki [FI]
29.06.2013 Hi-Voltage Istanbul [TR]
28.06.2013 Gagarin 205 Athens [GR]
08.06.2013 Sauna Open Air Tampere [FI]
28.05.2013 Circo Volador Mexico City [MX]
26.05.2013 Downtown 727 Bogota [CO]
24.05.2013 Blondies Santiago [CL]
22.05.2013 Groove Buenos Aires [AR]
20.05.2013 La Trastienda Montevideo [UY]
18.05.2013 Carioca Club Sao Paulo [BR]
16.05.2013 Gran Teatro del Banco Central Asuncion [PY]
30.04.2013 Virgin Oil Helsinki [FI]
27.04.2013 Lutakko Jyväskylä [FI]
26.04.2013 Vaakuna Mikkeli [FI]
20.04.2013 Pakkahuone Tampere [FI]
19.04.2013 Finlandia-klubi Lahti [FI]
18.04.2013 Klubben Stockholm [SE]
17.04.2013 KB Malmö [SE]
16.04.2013 Amger Bio Copenhagen [DK]
14.04.2013 Rosenhof Osnabrück [DE]
13.04.2013 PPM Fest Mons [BE]
12.04.2013 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg [DE]
11.04.2013 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg [DE]
10.04.2013 Alcatrazz Milan [IT]
09.04.2013 Z7 Pratteln [CH]
07.04.2013 Rock Star Bilbao [ES]
06.04.2013 Arena Madrid [ES]
05.04.2013 Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona [ES]
03.04.2013 Le Kao Lyon [FR]
02.04.2013 La Laiterie Strasbourg [FR]
31.03.2013 Cigale Paris [FR]
30.03.2013 De Pul Uden [NL]
29.03.2013 Grünspan Hamburg []
28.03.2013 Matrix Bochum [DE]
27.03.2013 Hirsch Nürnberg [DE]
26.03.2013 Szene Vienna [AT]
24.03.2013 Majestic Club Bratslava [SK]
23.03.2013 Club 202 Budapest [HU]
22.03.2013 Masters Of Rock Cafe Zlin [CZ]
21.03.2013 Stadtgarten Erfurt [DE]
20.03.2013 Backstagehalle München [DE]
16.03.2013 A2 Club Moscow []
15.03.2013 Aurora Hall St.Petersburg [RU]
25.08.2012 Summer's end Festival Andernach [DE]
18.08.2012 Leyendas del Rock Murcia [ES]
14.07.2012 Masters of Rock Zlin [CZ]
13.07.2012 Rockmarathon Pecs [HU]
31.01.2012 Teatro de Bellas Artes Guatemala City [GT]
28.01.2012 Circo Volador Mexico City [MX]
23. - 27.01.2012 70.000 tons of Metal Miami - Cayman Island - Miami [US]
10.12.2011 Knock Out Festival 2011 Karlsruhe [DE]
26.11.2011 Jörg Finnish Farewell Tour Helsinki [FI]
25.11.2011 Jörg Finnish Farewell Tour Oulu [FI]
23.11.2011 Jörg Finnish Farewell Tour Jyväskylä [FI]
19.11.2011 Jörg Finnish Farewell Tour Tampere [FI]
18.11.2011 Jörg Finnish Farewell Tour Mikkeli [FI]
20.09.2011 DK Lensovetov Saint-Petersburg [RU]
18.09.2011 DKiS Stavropol [RU]
16.09.2011 Milk Moscow [RU]
14.09.2011 Dom Oficerov Rostov-On-Don [RU]
13.09.2011 Premiera Krasnodar [RU]
11.09.2011 t.b.c. (nur Helloween) --- []
27.08.2011 Ayia Napa Youth Festival 2011 Ayia Napa [CY]
07.08.2011 Foire aux Vins festival Colmar [FR]
22.07.2011 Saimaa Open Air Saima [FI]
07.07.2011 Rockharz Festival 2011 Ballenstedt [DE]
11.06.2011 Les Metallurgicales Denain [FR]
14. - 15.05.2011 Radio Rock Cruise IV - [FI]
10.05.2011 Groove Buenos Aires [AR]
08.05.2011 Teatro de Verano Montevideo [UY]
06.05.2011 Credicard Hall São Paulo [BR]
03.05.2011 Pepsi On Stage Porto Alegre [BR]
01.05.2011 Master Hall Curitiba [BR]
29.04.2011 Teleton Santiago [CL]
26.04.2011 Royal Center Bogota [CO]
24.04.2011 "CIEC” Centro Internacional de Exposiciones Caracas Caracas [VE]
22.04.2011 Teatro Leguia Lima [PE]
20.04.2011 Peppers Club San Jose [CR]
19.04.2011 Anfiteatro Cifco San Salvador [SV]
17.04.2011 Circo Volador Mexico City [MX]
16.04.2011 Circo Volador --SOLD OUT-- Mexico City [MX]
14.04.2011 Escenica Monterrey [MX]
12.04.2011 Garage Saarbrücken [DE]
11.04.2011 Capitol Hannover [DE]
09. - 10.04.2011 Mestská hala Presov [SK]
08.04.2011 Turbinenhalle Oberhausen [DE]
06.03.2011 Taipei University Auditrium Taipei [TW]
04.03.2011 GC Live House Beijing [CN]
02.03.2011 Changchoong Gym Seoul [KR]
28.02.2011 Zepp Tokyo [JP]
27.02.2011 Hatch Osaka [JP]
25.02.2011 Zepp Fukuoka [JP]
23.02.2011 Zepp Nagoja [JP]
22.02.2011 Zepp Sendai [JP]
20.02.2011 Zepp Sapporo [JP]
12.02.2011 Volksbankmesse Balingen [DE]
11.02.2011 All Karthalle Kaufbeuren [DE]
10.02.2011 Jako Arena Bamberg [DE]
09.02.2011 Docks Hamburg [DE]
06.02.2011 Halle Gartlage --CANCELLED-- Osnabrück [DE]
05.02.2011 Turbinenhalle --CANCELLED-- Oberhausen [DE]
04.02.2011 Capitol --CANCELLED-- Hannover [DE]
02.02.2011 Brückenforum --CANCELLED-- Bonn [DE]
01.02.2011 Garage --CANCELLED-- Saarbrücken [DE]
31.01.2011 Z7 Pratteln [CH]
29.01.2011 Sports Hall Presov [SK]
28.01.2011 Sports Hall Hlohovec [SK]
27.01.2011 Kino Siska Club Ljubljana [SI]
26.01.2011 Boogaloo Club Zagreb [HR]
24.01.2011 Hristo Botev Hall Sofia [BG]
23.01.2011 Hristo Botev Hall Sofia [BG]
22.01.2011 Principal Club Theatre Thessaloniki [GR]
21.01.2011 Fuzz Live Music Club Athen [GR]
19.01.2011 Altantico Rome [IT]
18.01.2011 Alcatraz Milan [IT]
16.01.2011 Razzmatazz I Barcelona [ES]
15.01.2011 La Riviera Madrid [ES]
14.01.2011 Rockstar Live Bilbao [ES]
12.01.2011 Le Transbordeur Lyon [FR]
11.01.2011 Elysee Montmatre Paris [FR]
19.12.2010 Mala Sportovni Hala Prague [CZ]
18.12.2010 Studio Cracov [PL]
17.12.2010 Stodola Warsaw [PL]
15.12.2010 House Of Culture Helsinki [FI]
14.12.2010 Pakkahuone Tampere [FI]
13.12.2010 Rock Cafe Tallinn [EE]
11.12.2010 Arenan Stockholm [SE]
10.12.2010 Lisebergshallen Gothenburg [SE]
09.12.2010 Rockefeller Oslo [NO]
08.12.2010 Mejeriet Lund [SE]
06.12.2010 Effenaar Eindhoven [NL]
05.12.2010 The HMV Forum London [UK]
04.12.2010 Hardrock Hell Festival Prestatyn [UK]
02.12.2010 Hof Ter Lo Antwerp [BE]
01.12.2010 Neue Stadthalle Langen [DE]
28.11.2010 Petöfi Hall Budapest [HU]
27.11.2010 Winter Masters of Rock Zlin [CZ]
26.11.2010 Gasometer Wien [AT]
21.08.2010 Jazztori Lahti [FI]
05. - 07.08.2010 Wacken Open Air Wacken [DE]
30.07.2010 Benatska Noc Festival Mala Skala [CZ]
24.07.2010 Osmantupa Eura [FI]
23.07.2010 Wanaja Festival 2010 Hämeenlinna [FI]
10.07.2010 Scandal Music Festival Kemi [FI]
09.07.2010 Merisärkkä Kalajoki [FI]
03.07.2010 Status Goes Fest Forssa [FI]
12.06.2010 Sweden Rock Sölvesborg [SE]
28.05.2010 TheWALL Livehouse Taipei [TW]
27.05.2010 Expo 2010 Finland Day Shanghai [CN]
26.05.2010 HELFEST Shanghai [CN]
25.05.2010 HELFEST Beijing [CN]
30.04.2010 Fiesta Pagana II Schmerikon [CH]
10.04.2010 Hellkatti Sotkamo [FI]
09.02.2010 Klubben Stockholm [SE]
08.02.2010 Rockefeller Oslo [NO]
07.02.2010 Brew House Gothenburg [SE]
06.02.2010 Mejeriet Lund [SE]
04.02.2010 The Rock Copenhagen [DK]
03.02.2010 Markthalle Hamburg [DE]
02.02.2010 Garage Saarbrücken [DE]
01.02.2010 Longhorn Stuttgart [DE]
30.01.2010 Backstage München [DE]
29.01.2010 Masters of Rock Cafe Zlin [CZ]
28.01.2010 PKO Bratislava [SK]
27.01.2010 Szene Vienna [AT]
26.01.2010 Petöfi Hall Budapest [HU]
24.01.2010 Hristo Botev Hall Sofia [BG]
23.01.2010 SKC Belgrad [RS]
21.01.2010 Alcatraz Milan [IT]
20.01.2010 Z 7 Pratteln [CH]
19.01.2010 Transbordeur Lyon [F]
17.01.2010 Razzmatazz 1 Barcelona [ES]
16.01.2010 Rockstar Live Bilbao [ES]
15.01.2010 La Riviera Madrid [ES]
13.01.2010 Le Bikini Toulouse [FR]
12.01.2010 Elysee Paris [FR]
10.01.2010 Garage London [UK]
09.01.2010 Melkweg Amsterdam [NL]
08.01.2010 Hof ter Lo Antwerp [BE]
07.01.2010 Zeche Bochum [DE]
21.11.2009 Puustelli Nivala [FI]
20.11.2009 Teatria Oulu [FI]
14.11.2009 Finlandia-klubi Lahti [FI]
13.11.2009 Sirkus Hämeenlinna [FI]
12.11.2009 Kåren Turku [FI]
11.11.2009 Tavastia Helsinki [FI]
07.11.2009 Pakkahuone Tampere [FI]
06.11.2009 Huippu Sappee [FI]
06.11.2009 -- CANCELLED -- Valkeakoski [FI]
24.10.2009 Maria Angola Lima [PE]
22.10.2009 Agora Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana Quito [EC]
20.10.2009 Citibank Hall Sao Paulo [BR]
19.10.2009 Opiniao Porto Alegre [BR]
18.10.2009 Lapa Belo Horizonte [BR]
16.10.2009 Broadway Club Santiago de Chile [CL]
14.10.2009 The End Buenos Aires [AR]
11.10.2009 Circo Volador Mexico City [MX]
09.10.2009 Cafe Iguana Monterrey [MX]
07.10.2009 Key Club Los Angeles [US]
06.10.2009 The Grand Ballroom at the Regency San Francisco [US]
04.10.2009 El Corazon Seattle [US]
03.10.2009 Sugar Victoria [CA]
02.10.2009 Plaza Club Vancouver [CA]
30.09.2009 Starlite Room Edmonton [CA]
29.09.2009 Warehouse Calgary [CA]
28.09.2009 The Riddell at University Regina [CA]
27.09.2009 Garrick Centre Winnipeg [CA]
25.09.2009 Pyramid Club Addison [US]
24.09.2009 Peabody's Cleveland [US]
23.09.2009 Sonar Baltimore [US]
21.09.2009 Middle East Boston [CA]
20.09.2009 Medley Montreal [CA]
19.09.2009 Imperial de Quebec Quebec City [CA]
18.09.2009 Opera House Toronto [CA]
16.09.2009 Nokia Theater New York [US]
12.09.2009 Kawasaki Club Citta' Tokyo [JP]
11.09.2009 Club Quattro Nagoya [JP]
10.09.2009 Bigcat Osaka [JP]
06.09.2009 MAO Livehouse Beijing [CN]
04.09.2009 1710 A.S. House Taipei [TW]
01.09.2009 Astoria Hall Bydgoszcz [PL]
31.08.2009 Bemowo Amphitheatre Warsaw [PL]
30.08.2009 Wacken Rocks Aurich [DE]
29.08.2009 Wacken Rocks Kreuth [DE]
01.08.2009 Linnoituksen Yö Lappeenranta [FI]
25.07.2009 Zwarte Cross Festival Lichtenvoorde [NL]
19.07.2009 Pro Rock Kyiv [UA]
18.07.2009 Ilosaarirock Joensuu [FI]
11.07.2009 Masters of Rock Vizovice [CZ]
05.07.2009 Ruisrock Festival Turku [FI]
27.06.2009 Metalway Festival Zaragoza [ES]
21.06.2009 Hellfest Clisson [FR]
19.06.2009 RMJ Partycamp Pori [FI]
18.06.2009 Himosfestival Jämsä [FI]
14.06.2009 Rockin' Transilvania Festivals Sibiu [RO]
13.06.2009 Myötätuulirock Vantaa [FI]
07.06.2009 Sauna Open Air Tampere [FI]
06.06.2009 Tulivuorirock Lappajärvi [FI]
30.05.2009 Glavclub St Petersburg [RU]
29.05.2009 CDK MAI Moscow [RU]
20.05.2009 Button Factory Dublin [IE]
19.05.2009 Jilly's Rockworld Manchester [UK]
18.05.2009 Islington O2 Academy (aka Carling Academy) London [UK]
17.05.2009 Cathouse Glasgow [UK]
16.05.2009 Rock City Nottingham [UK]
15.05.2009 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton [UK]
08.09.2007 Campo Futbol Urtinsa Alcorcón [ES]
01.09.2007 Route To Hell Festival Palamaggio-Caserta [IT]
04.08.2007 Wacken Open Air Wacken [DE]
14.07.2007 Masters Of Rock Zlin [CZ]
01.07.2007 Tuska Open Air Metal Festival Helsinki [FI]
25.05.2007 Finland Fest Tokyo [JP]
24.05.2007 Liquid Room Tokyo [JP]
22.05.2007 Big Cat Osaka [JP]
17.10.2006 Concha Acústica de Bello Monte Caracas [VE]
14.10.2006 Anhembi Sao Paulo [BR]
12.10.2006 Teatro Flores Buenos Aires [AR]
11.10.2006 Teatro Flores Buenos Aires [AR]
08.10.2006 Gimnasio Antonio Pineda San Salvador [SV]
07.10.2006 Palacio de los Deportes Mexico City [MX]
04.10.2006 House Of Blues Los Angeles [US]
02.10.2006 BB Kings NYC [US]
01.10.2006 Jaxx Springfield [US]
29.09.2006 Medley Montreal [CA]
27.09.2006 Salle Albert Rousseau Quebec [CA]
30.07.2006 Metalway Jerez [ES]
28.07.2006 Metalway Gernika [ES]
15.07.2006 Bloodstock Catton Hall [GB]
14.07.2006 Rockperry Vaasa [FI]
24.06.2006 Bang Your Head Festival Balingen [DE]
23.06.2006 Himos Jämsä [FI]
22.06.2006 RJM Rauma [FI]
17.06.2006 Myötätuulirock Vantaa [FI]
03.06.2006 Gods of Metal Festival Milano [IT]
02.06.2006 Havlickuv Brod [CZ]
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1984 - 1995

The early years

Stratovarius was founded in 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 combination of Stratocaster and Stradivarius), and guitarist/vocalist Timo Tolkki entered the band, replacing Stråhlman. Tolkki became the driving force and mastermind of the band, assuming relatively complete control of the songwriting. He brought along not only strong rock influences, but also a neo-classical tinge. The band released a demo to various record companies by 1987, finally being picked up by CBS Finland. In 1989, their debut album Fright Night was released, following two singles. After being dropped by CBS, the band went through several member changes, but managed to release a second album on another label. In 1994 they released their third album, Dreamspace, featuring new bass player Jari Kainulainen, and after that, a full-time singer joined the band: Timo Kotipelto. The release of Fourth Dimension (featuring Kotipelto on vocals) in 1995 was a great success, but internal differences in the band, particularly about the future musical direction, prompted the departure of long-time drummer Tuomo Lassila and keyboardist Antti Ikonen.

1995 - 2004

Two new members join the band and Stratovarius release three of their most successful albums

Two new non-Finnish members were recruited: Swedish keyboardist Jens Johansson, of Yngwie Malmsteen and DIO fame; and German drummer Jörg Michael. With the fifth release Episode, Stratovarius had finally found its sound and had a strong, diverse line-up. Episode was a grand project, featuring a large choir and a string orchestra. It spawned some of the all-time greatest Stratovarius hits, such as Father Time and Will The Sun Rise. This line-up released three hugely successful albums over the years: Visions in 1997, Destiny in 1999, and Infinite in 2000. With every album, their fame and fanbase expanded, and they started gaining a stronger following outside Scandinavia, particularly in Japan. In 2003, the band released its most epic project yet, the two album suite named Elements. With these albums, they reached a peak in their progressive and symphonic style of power-metal. The first album, Elements pt. 1, was released in early 2003, followed by a world tour. Elements pt. 1 was followed by Elements pt. 2, also released on Nuclear Blast the same year.

2005 - 2008

Sanctuary's downfall and Tolkki's departure

In January 2005, Stratovarius recorded their self-titled new album which was released in the same year by Sanctuary Records. In June 2005, Jari Kainulainen left the band, and was replaced by Lauri Porra. In the fall of 2005, Stratovarius was on the road in the US. The album Stratovarius was at times progressive and experimentally skewed, and rather dark. It was a daring and ambitious record which took the band in a new direction. But unfortunately, dark clouds were shadowing the band's path. In 2005, Sanctuary was starting to have severe financial problems and the whole label collapsed just as the record was released. Much of Sanctuary's staff were let go, the stock price plunged, and banks and other creditors circled the company like vultures. The band still played over 100 shows, appearing at numerous festivals, and a long period of extensive touring all over Europe, Japan and South America began. One highlight was the two month Monster Metal Madness tour together with Shakra and HammerFall. In the meantime, Sanctuary's financial troubles had deepened. The band had to enter into a legal process to be able to make their next album. But the battle with this giant sinking multinational dragged on for more than a year, and it drained a lot of the spirit out of the band. In the end these tough times proved too much for Tolkki. In April 2008 he left Stratovarius and its debts and troubles behind, and gave the remaining members his blessing to do whatever they want with the band and the legal case. He formed a new band, Revolution Renaissance.

2008 - 2010

A new beginning & the release of Polaris in 2009

The rest of Stratovarius' members found themselves in legal limbo and with a heavy debt, but they were without preconceptions also all working on new music. The turning point came when a settlement with Sanctuary was finally achieved in late summer 2008. A burst of creative energy followed. The young and very talented Finnish lead guitarist Matias Kupiainen joined the band. In September 2008 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. And they found themselves being a band reborn. The result was a fresh new album: Polaris.

It was mixed by the longtime band associate Mikko Karmila anmd released by EarMUSIC/edel and JVC in Asia. A long world tour in 2009/2010 followed.

2011

Jörg cheats death, release of Elysium, world tour with Helloween

The reborn band didn't waste any time after the tour but proceded to record a follow up to Polaris: Elysium. The band was now tighter than ever, and had managed to top the quality and creativity of Polaris. The album proved once more the band's new strength and spirit. Powerful melodies mingled with sophisticated arrangements alongside heavy songs. The release of Elysium was followed by an extensive world tour with Helloween. But before that, by the end of 2010, a severe shock went through the metal world and especially Stratovarius' fans: drummer Jörg Michael contracted thyroid cancer, forcing him to cancel the first half of the Helloween/ Stratovarius tour. Thankfully he made a full and speedy recovery, fighting his way back on stage for the second leg of the world tour at the beginning of 2011.

2012 - 2013

Jörg's departure, a new face, Nemesis, and a great tour to come

By the end of 2011 Jörg Michael announced his departure after sixteen years of incredible drumming, countless tours and nine studio albums. One of the last concerts in Finland was recorded and released as a Live DVD/Bluray, titled Under Flaming Winter Skies - Live In Tampere. Though being a hard blow, the band soon began to search for a new drummer. After countless candidates and hours in the rehearsal rooms they were proud to announce their new band member Rolf Pilve in June 2012. This young, energetic and very talented drummer is a perfect match for the band, as a person and on stage. After the summer festivals of 2012, they again went back into 5-by-5 studios to complete another album, with the name Nemesis. Again the band has outdone themselves with a fresh album full of great songs that still manages to look forward. It has a broad variety of melodic and powerful songs that are sure to melt the hearts of old fans, and gain the band a few new ones too. It will be released February 22, 2013 and a European tour immediately follows, this time together with Swedish melodic power pop metal trailblazers Amaranthe.

Line-up

  • Timo Kotipelto - Vocals
  • Matias Kupiainen - Guitars
  • Jens Johansson - Keyboards
  • Lauri Porra - Bass
  • Rolf Pilve - Drums

Discography

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