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Stratovarius Audio CD
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New York, NY (July 12th, 2010) - On July 13th Eagle Rock Entertainment will be re-releasing Stratovarius' last album "Polaris" with the addition of a full 75 minutes live CD recorded during their 2009 European Tour to celebrate the acclaimed return of the band with the new line up and a refreshed energy. [MSRP $19.98]

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  • Audio CD (4 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000PFU6SG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A power metal band from Finland who've been recording since 1989 and have featured on numerous compilations and tributes to Judas Priest and Dio.
Sounding like a blend of Helloween with a hint of Manowar and with Rainbow as one of their major influences, the band are masters at mixing pomp & power metal with Nordic overtones. The comparisons with Helloween are justified with many facets of that band's musical style obvious here, particularly speed metal with melodic high pitched vocals & intrumental breaks ('No Turning Back' and parts of 'Destiny').
Favouring elaborate production (featuring choirs, harpsichords and strings) and keyboards, there is enough originality (though barely at times!) to stop them just being another Helloween sound-alike.
Highly Recommended, especially for Helloween fans.
Highlights: the lengthy title track - a work of epic sounding proportions with different paced phases ranging from the choirboys in the introduction, speed power metal to power ballad; the power metal rocker and single 'SOS' (with yet more choirboys!); the outstanding (and epic sounding) power metal ballad '4000 Rainy Nights'; the power ballad 'Years Go By' with string section accompanyment; the metal rocker 'Playing With Fire' with a chorus that wouldn't be out of place on a AOR song!; the metal power ballad 'Venus..' featuring more strings; the excellent 'Anthem Of The World' featuring different paced sections ranging from the anthemic string section enhanced riff & choirs to speed power metal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destiny - A piece of PERFECTION 26 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
This has to be the best album from Stratovarius. Full of beautifull chorus, powerfull double-bass drumming, keyboards by the master Jens Johansson and stunning guitar riffs. Starts with the 10minute, epic self-titled song, wich has excellent choirs, lyrics, keyboards and changes from speedy riff metal to operatic ballad on the last 4-5 minutes. Other highlights include ofcourse S.O.S., the powerfull No Turning Back, the ballad 4000Rainy Nights and my personal favourite 'Anthem of the World' which has a beautiful sing-along chorus that will stuck on your head for daaays..... Sing the Anthem of the World, But will we ever learn, To control our hate and to forgiiiiiive. PERFECTION
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4.0 out of 5 stars KILLA POWER METAL EPIC! 10 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
This cd starts of with a bang!the title track sounds like something from a church choir,until it kicks in!,then its over 9 minutes of awesome metal(i would class this songs as the bands all time classic!)This cd is a bit heavier than the cds "INFINITE" and "VISIONS",but it stillhas the mellower tracks like"SOS" AND "4000 RAINY NIGHTS" the song "ANTHEM OF THE WORLD" is 1 song that sticks in your head,for minths and you hear it over and over again!the usual ballads are also included such as "COLD WINTER NIGHTS" AND "YEARS GO BY" and although at the first listen this cd doesnt seem as if its that great,after about 4-5 listens it will never be out your cd player,this is a great cd for supporters of the band,and also for the guitar lover,as timo really plays it big time here!a must for your cd collection!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous! It could make u think Strato's the best band ever 14 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Stratovarius is easily the best band to emerge in the 90's forgetting their first album in 1989 which only featured one of the current members. Their music is incredible, and ahead of time, is like a combination of Rock, Metal & Classical. They are good at fast tunes, straight rockers & ballads. Their music falls into a category best described as "Progressive & Neoclassical Rock/Metal" and they are at the head of this new style, only rivaled by "Dream Theater" another incredible band from this time. "Destiny" if not their best album, is only second to "Episode" I would call it a tide. The album opens with the 10 min but never boring title track, and once it ends, it leaves you thinking, what the heck was that!, just out of this world, but song after song you notice that the level never goes down. "SoS", "No turning back" & "Rebel" are great fast tunes, while, "4000 Rainy nights" "Years go by" & "Venus in the morning" are mind blowing ballads, the only weak track here is "Playin with fire" but is not a filler, is just doesn't match the potential of the other tracks, and the album ends with "Anthem of the world" a great song with beautiful chorus at the end. If you got the Europe release, you'll get a bonus track named, "Cold winter nights" wich is a great song also. Now If you are getting into Stratovarius, for the first time, get "Episode"(1996) & "Visions" (1997) first, and then get "Destiny" (1998) if you really like the band you would want to look up for their earlier albums, most recomendable "Forth Dimension", before that the band released three other albums featuring only 1 or 2 essential tracks on them. In conclusion: If you wanna hear the best music the 90's got to offer, You don't want to skip this, Strato is one of the few bands that are the exeption to the rule that the 90's are a wasted decade in music, thanks to Rap and cheap pop.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master-piece for the metal 8 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Startovarius is one of the most technical group ever and there is another proof of their superiority: it's call Destiny This album is one of their best In all the songs we feel the "TimoS touch" Those two guys (and the other..of course) are real prodidgy. The song "Destiny", wich open the album is one of the best ever...A slow begining with a woman voice adn there comes all the power of Startovarius with all the technique they could give us. "4000 rainy nights" is a of the beautiful heavy ballad which squeez your guts... "SOS" also is a master-piece of powermetal is a fast guitar and heavy drums... I could talk about Stratovarius and this album during the next century...So I just let you here because if you don't listen to this album you can't really undersand what I am saying... Enjoy it
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful 23 Feb 2000
By speedy1383 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This Cd blew me away the first time I listened to it. The opening track is a ten minute epic with everything thrown in for good measure. It starts with a boys choir, has volcanic keyboard and guitar playing with Timo Kotipelto's operatic voice thrown in for good measure. The rest of the Cd keeps up the pace. Stratovarius mixes it up brilliantly with good power ballads like Venus in the Morning and 4000 Rainy Nights to rocking songs like Anthem of the World, SOS and uplifting fare like Years go By. Timo Tolkki is the master producer of these proceedings. It seems with each new album, he gets more confident in his abilities as a producer. Bringing in a choir and orchestra on some songs was master work. His guitar work on this album is impeccable as usual. Bravo to Stratovarius. Another hard rocking album that has heart and is beautiful to listen to. I feel this is their best album. Visions is also very good along with Fourth Dimension and Episode.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far time to correct this 5 Nov 2004
By Nicholas Korpelainen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am correcting a misunderstanding that has persisted on many occasions: In the beginning of Destiny, the solo is NOT female vocals. How do I know? Because I sang it myself! I was an 11-year-old boy back then and sang in Finland's most renowned BOY's choir Cantores Minores. I was contacted on our Finnish tour, (I was considered one of the best sopranos). The choir in SOS, Venus in the morning, Anthem of the world etc. consists of 2 boys I chose to come along + myself.

Obviously I think this album is great (pity Stratovarius is retiring -- and how the depressed Tolkki was stabbed)

However my favourite band at the moment is Nightwish -- a Finnish symphonic melodic operatic metal band. Do obtain their new album Once (and also an older one called Oceanborn). Their new album features, among other things, the orchestra from the LOTR trilogy. Best work of art this millenium -- number one in Finland for 10 consecutive weeks!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest melodic power metal releases of 1998 13 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you can picture what it would sound like if Yngwie Malmsteen and Jens Johannson (who actually does play on this album) played for Helloween back in the days of Keeper Part II, you would start to get an idea of just how powerful and unique this album is in terms of melody and power. This Finnish quintet have set a new modern standard to which all neo-classical powermetal bands will eventually be held to. You simply cannot go wrong by picking up this album. Musicianship and vocals are first rate. Key cuts are "Destiny", "S.O.S.", and "Anthem of the World". Buy, listen, and enjoy.
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