Few bands in the power metal world have as much credibility as Stratovarius. Since hitting the scene in 1984 the band has forged a sound and legacy that has influenced countless bands and been at the vanguard of a genre they are one of the originators of. With bands like Helloween and Blind Guardian, they have set the standard for a genre that has a tendency to be so derivative, yet with each release they seem to take that standard they set decades ago and raise it with each and every album. Few bands of this style come to my mind at least that have never ventured too far from Power Metal, yet at the same time sound fresh and amazing.
Lauri Porra of STRATOVARIUS: “I didn’t realize how big Stratovarius was until I joined the band.”
After the encore was over, the audience raised Stratovarius’s flags and asked the band for more. And they gave them more – there was the second encore closing up the show with the song “Hunting High and Low”, which lyrics might be the band’s motto: “Now I’m leaving my worries behind/Feel the freedom of body and mind/I’m starting my journey, I’m drifting away with the wind, I go”.
Ever since I first heard “Polaris” I had been awaiting the day when Stratovarius would make one more masterpiece to equal their best works, and with “Nemesis” that day has finally come. It takes all their familiar elements, adds in a ton of modern tendencies, keeps the symphonic and progressive elements they’ve been adding in over the years, and overall it shows them evolving into a band that is as relevant today as they were throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s