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Stratovarius

Type:
Full-length
Release date:
May 15th, 2009
Catalog ID:
N/A
Label:
Edel Music AG
Format:
CD
Reviews:
10 reviews (avg. 77%)
1. Deep Unknown 04:28   Show lyrics
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2. Falling Star 04:33   Show lyrics
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3. King of Nothing 06:43   Show lyrics
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4. Blind 05:28   Show lyrics
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5. Winter Skies 05:50   Show lyrics
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6. Forever Is Today 04:40   Show lyrics
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7. Higher We Go 03:47   Show lyrics
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8. Somehow Precious 05:37   Show lyrics
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9. Emancipation Suite I: Dusk 06:57   Show lyrics
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10. Emancipation Suite II: Dawn 03:40   Show lyrics
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11. When Mountains Fall 03:12   Show lyrics
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Band members
Timo Kotipelto Vocals
Matias Kupiainen Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Jens Johansson Keyboards, Vocals (backing)
Lauri Porra Bass, Vocals (backing)
Jörg Michael Drums
Guest/Session
Kari Lindstedt Strings on track 11
Perttu Vänskä String arrangement and programming on tracks 1 and 8
Heikki Vehmanen Strings on track 11
Heikki Hämäläinen Strings on track 11
Seppo Rautasuo Strings on track 11
Aleksi Parviainen Vocals (backing)
Hepa Waara Vocals (backing)
Tipe Johnson Vocals (backing)
Tony Kakko Vocals (backing)
Pessi Levanto Arrangement Strings on track 11
Miscellaneous staff
Jens Johansson Engineering, Photography (photo booklet)
Matias Kupiainen Engineering
Mikko Karmila Mixing
Svante Forsbäck Mastering
Mikko Raita Mixing (track 11)
Ville Juurikkala Photography
Sander N. Layout
Ronny Hemlin Photography (photo booklet)
Gyula Havancsák Cover art
Sheyda Shafiei Photography (photo booklet)
Timo Kotipelto Vocals
Matias Kupiainen Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Jens Johansson Keyboards, Vocals (backing)
Lauri Porra Bass, Vocals (backing)
Jörg Michael Drums
Kari Lindstedt Strings on track 11
Perttu Vänskä String arrangement and programming on tracks 1 and 8
Heikki Vehmanen Strings on track 11
Heikki Hämäläinen Strings on track 11
Seppo Rautasuo Strings on track 11
Aleksi Parviainen Vocals (backing)
Hepa Waara Vocals (backing)
Tipe Johnson Vocals (backing)
Tony Kakko Vocals (backing)
Pessi Levanto Arrangement Strings on track 11
Jens Johansson Engineering, Photography (photo booklet)
Matias Kupiainen Engineering
Mikko Karmila Mixing
Svante Forsbäck Mastering
Mikko Raita Mixing (track 11)
Ville Juurikkala Photography
Sander N. Layout
Ronny Hemlin Photography (photo booklet)
Gyula Havancsák Cover art
Sheyda Shafiei Photography (photo booklet)
Read An incredible step fowards 75% ijy10152 March 3rd, 2012
Read The worst album of the year! 30% kluseba October 6th, 2010
Read A Needed Comeback 89% PowerDaso January 6th, 2010
Read Like a gelded power metal... 65% autothrall November 12th, 2009
Read A vision of past visions... 94% hells_unicorn August 16th, 2009
Read A Great Return 85% Twisted_Psychology July 8th, 2009
Read Decent but also a bit... 60% Ragehead91 July 3rd, 2009
Read Stratovarius - Polaris 85% Radagast June 26th, 2009
Read Mmm is that ever good Power... 86% Empyreal May 23rd, 2009
Read Stratovarius have returned... 97% Kyshioku May 22nd, 2009

This is the first Stratovarius album featuring Matias Kupiainen and Lauri Porra, and also not featuring long-time guitarist Timo Tolkki.

Produced by Stratovarius.
Recorded September-December 2008 and mixed in Winter 2008/2009 at Finnvox.
Mastered at Chartmakers, Helsinki.

Track 1 music by Matias Kupiainen; lyrics by Timo Kotipelto
Tracks 3, 4, 5 by Jens Johansson
Tracks 7, 8 music by Timo Kotipelto, Matias Kupiainen; lyrics by Timo Kotipelto
Tracks 2, 6, 9, 10, 11 by Lauri Porra

Japanese Bonus Track:
12. Second Sight (Matias Kupiainen/Timo Kotipelto)

Digipak Bonus Track:
12. Deep Unknown (Mikko Raita Vinyl Mix) (4:46)

Some versions contain a bonus 7":
A. Second Sight (Mikko Karmila polycarbonate mix)
B. King of Nothing (Matias Kupiainen death star mix)

Released in the US via Armoury Records on May 26.

Reissued as a two-CD digipack on May 21 2010 via earMUSIC/Edel.
CD2 tracklist:
01. Destiny (live) (10:12)
02. Hunting High And Low (live) (05:06)
03. Speed of Light (live) (03:13)
04. Kiss of Judas (live) (06:54)
05. Deep Unknown (live) (05:08)
06. A Million Light Years Away (live) (05:33)
07. Bach: Air Suite (live) (02:16)
08. Winter Skies (live) (05:19)
09. Phoenix (live) (06:07)
10. SOS (live) (03:55)
11. Forever Is Today (live) (05:14)
12. King of Nothing (live) (06:39)
13. Father Time (live) (05:18)
14. Higher We Go (live) (04:07)

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