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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (13 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: earMusic/Edel
  • ASIN: B001WCBP4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deep Unknown
2. Falling Star
3. King Of Nothing
4. Blind
5. Winter Skies
6. Forever Is Today
7. Higher We Go
8. Somehow Precious
9. Emancipation Suite: I Dusk
10. Emancipation Suite: II Dawn
11. When Mountains Fall
12. Deep Unknown (Mikko Raita Vinyl Mix)[Bonus Track]

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James VINE VOICE on 14 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Welcome to a new era of STRATOVARIUS. For years the band has relied heavily on the craftsmanship of guitarist Timo Tolkki, who wrote 95% of the material on the ten albums to date. Following Tolkki's departure from the band last year, critics would have you believe that the future of the band was in grave danger. However, with Tolkki waiving the rights to the name, the rest of the band have carried on regardless, and 'Polaris' is the first release for the new line-up.

Frontman Timo Kotipelto has released a few respectable solo efforts, and does have a writing credit on some of the very best STRATOVARIUS songs including 'Black Diamond' and 'Hunting High and Low' - so, bearing this in mind, there was always hope that 'Polaris' could re-vitalise the career of the Finish five-piece, now that they have broken away from the mental illness stricken Tolkki.

Musically, the album sounds very much like classic late 90's STRATOVARIUS, with the soaring vocals of Kotipelto and the thundering drums of Jorg Michael, alongside the neo-classical team work of keyboard supremo Jens Johansson and new guitarist Matias Kupiainen. Timo Tolkki was legendary for his neo-classical solos, but on 'Polaris', Kupiainen matches him every step of the way, proving a more than worthy replacement in the musical department.

The only band member not mentioned above is new bass player, Lauri Porra, who is in fact a key part of the 'Polaris' jigsaw puzzle. In the ferocious 'Forever Is Today' and the infectiously catchy 'Falling Star', Porra has single handedly written two absolutely outstanding tracks, as well as three other decent solo penned efforts on the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H VINE VOICE on 8 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
I suppose we ought to be grateful that there is such a thing as a new Stratovarius album to review. After all, with all the legal shenanigans and the departure of their de facto leader Timo Tolkki, after over twenty years in charge, the chances of this appearing seemed slim.

But the remaining members regrouped, brought in a new guitarist, and with their main songwriter gone, keyboardist Jens Johansson and vocalist Timo Kotipelto stood up to be counted as writers. And it's good stuff. It's certainly a lot better than their last self-titled album, from back in 2005. And it's a lot better than many of the naysayers thought it would be.

But the power metal world is awash with quality bands, and with Stratovarius being one of the greats, is good enough. Well not to start with. The first couple of tracks are disappointing, and it isn't until 'King Of Nothing' arrives, that I start to nod in approval. Approval that becomes wholesale once 'Winter Skies' arrives. The first great song from the new band, the ballad is an absolute peach. Best of all is the 'Emancipation Suite', a segment that is truly wonderful.

So it's a very solid start to their new career, one that seemed unlikely for a long time. Don't come here expecting the breathtaking sounds of the late nineties when the band was at its peak. It's no "Visions". However, let's not forget that musically they'd been going downhill for a while. This stops that trend, and starts pushing things back up the hill.

So. overall, it's a big welcome back, and here's hoping the new band can muster up some excitement for their return to the worlds stages.

It's really a 3.5 but Amazon don't do halves
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Northern Warrior on 6 Aug. 2009
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Stratovarius are definitely back on form with Polaris, after their slightly disappointing last album. This should appeal to all rock fans as well as "metal-heads", very melodic throughout. There's a few tracks with the old trademark speed drumming and pace but plenty which take things down a bit and provide some more ambient moments.

The softer proggy tracks made me think this is what Genesis could have sounded like if they had stayed together and continued making music into the new millenium. In fact, the new guitarist sounded eerily like Steve Hackett on some tracks, with dreamy chords and strumming. It's also reminiscent of Yes in some places.

No hesitation in giving this one Five Stars!
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Well,it's a welcome return for these boys.

I initially had my reservations about this cd,as the loss of Timo Tolkki is going to affect the sound of the band,with their old bassist they were the only 2 original members of the band and Tolkki wrote well over 90% of the material which defined their sound as 'Stratovarius'.
I had cheked out the guitarist on you tube and he can certainly play the guitar to an incredibly high standard,i pre-ordered this but unfortunatley didn't get it till 3 days after it was released so saw them live before i had a chance to listen to it...

Firstly you can't fault the production,it has a really good sound which is good these days. The album itself i give 4,it's not as intense as 'Infinity' or 'Episode' and the songs aren't as powerfull as 'Black Diamond' or 'Kiss Of Judas',but it's still a pretty good album.

The opening track 'Deep Unknown' sounds like Symphony X,and is a great opener and i think will become a classic Stratovarius song. The rest of the album has songs written by various individuals within the band and maybe not enough colabiration between members,Johanssonns song are really good as he is a quality musician and really excells on these tracks,and when new guitarist Kuplainen and vocalist Kotipelto get together they do some really good stuff.

I think the songs the new bassist brings are a bit more traditional and generic of the genre,but it doesn't drag the cd down too much.

Overall the band have used sounds that Tolkki would of put in places so there is a familiarity in places giving it a touch of "yeah that's Stratovarious" when you hear it in places,tho for a Stratovarious album the lack of guitar solo's is quite shocking.
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