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Polaris

Stratovarius

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Album Review

2009 marks a period of transition for prog metallists Stratovarius, as longtime guitarist Timo Tolkki has bid the band sweet adieu, while two new members — guitarist Matias Kupianen and bassist Lauri Porra — have signed on. But with vocalist Timo Kotipelto at the helm (are Stratovarius the only rock band in the universe to ever have two chaps named "Timo" in the same band?), the signature Stratovarius sound and approach are very much still intact, as evidenced by their 12th studio album overall, Polaris. In other words, there are oodles of tricky musical bits, Geoff Tate-meets-Bruce Dickinson-like vocals, bombastic production, and all the elements that longtime Stratovarius connoisseurs demand in a new album by their Finnish heroes. This approach is exemplified on such tracks as the album opening "Deep Unknown," while tracks such as "King of Nothing" combine the aforementioned musical approach with some pretty darn fierce metal (especially the song's opening).

Customer Reviews

good enough!

its good to know stratovarius is still alive and can make good music. this album features a lot of their melodic riffs that make their songs great and many of these new songs are great! the music in this album is clean and cool, and i recommend it to anyone. P.S. awesome cover if anyone noticed

Strong Effort!!

Although not the greatest album in their repertoire, it's a STRONG album during this time of iTunes singles and "who has the #1 most downloaded song." I have to say, even though progressive/symphonic/melodic/power metal bands don't get their just due here in the States, the one thing almost all of them do is put out complete albums where at least the majority of the songs (not just one or two) are fantastic and diverse, and Stratovarius' "Polaris" is no exception. Well done!

Wonderful!!!

I love every single song from this album!!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Helsinki, Finland heavy metal band Stratovarius were formed in 1982 by drummer Tuomo Lassila, the group did not record its debut album, Fright Night, until 1989. Released in 1992, Twilight Time established a fan base in Japan, becoming the biggest-selling import of that year; Stratovarius consolidated their Japanese popularity with an extensive tour of the country behind 1994's Dreamspace. Following 1995's Fourth Dimension, the lineup shifted to include vocalist Timo Kotipelto, guitarist...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Death Metal/Black Metal
  • Released: May 26, 2009

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