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Release date: 12 January 2011
Style: Power metal

Rating:

7.9 | 371 votes

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41 want it


Disc I
01. Darkest Hours
02. Under Flaming Skies
03. Infernal Maze
04. Fairness Justified
05. The Game Never Ends
06. Lifetime In A Moment
07. Move The Mountain
08. Event Horizon
09. Elysium
    1 - Part 1
    2 - Part 2
    3 - Part 3
10. Castaway [Japanese bonus]
11. Last Shore [collector's edition bonus]
12. Hallowed [collector's edition bonus]

Disc II [Digipack edition demo's]
01. Darkest Hours
02. Under Flaming Skies
03. Infernal Maze
04. Fairness Justified
05. The Game Never Ends
06. Lifetime In A Moment
07. Move The Mountain
08. Event Horizon
09. Elysium

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (12)


Line-up
Timo Kotipelto - vocals
Jens Johansson - keyboards
Matias Kupiainen - guitars, additional keyboards
Jörg Michael - drums
Lauri Porra - bass, additional keyboards

Additional musicians:
Perttu Vänskä - programming
Riso Kupiainen - programming, additional keyboards

Choir: Arzka Sievälä, Jani Liimatainen, Aleksi Parviainen, Tipe Johnson, Anssi Stenberg, Hepa Waara.


Additional info
Matias Kupiainen

Release dates:
Asia - January 12
Worldwide - January 14

Deluxe digipack contains:
- A bonus disk with demos of the entire album.
- 5 postcards with album art and a personal message from every band member.
- Holographic CD case

The Japanese version includes one bonus track:
10. Castaway (04:40)

The Limited Edition has a bonus CD with demo versions of all the songs of the album.

The Collector's Edition is signed by the band and contains the demos of the bonus CD of the limited edition as mp3 files. It also contains a bonus 7" with exclusive songs:
Side A: Last Shore
Side B: Hallowed

Tracks 5 & 7 by Johansson
Tracks 6 & 10 by Porra
Track 2 music by Kotipelto/Kupiainen, lyrics by Kotipelto
Tracks 3, 4 & 8 music by Kupiainen, lyrics by Kotipelto
Tracks 1 & 9 music by by Kupiainen, lyrics by Kotipleto/Kupiainen

Staff review by
Doc Godin

Rating:
8.0
Stratovarius...That's that Finnish soap opera, right? Well, yeah, it's easy enough to chock this bands last few lack-lustre albums up to piss poor band chemistry and the downright cartoon-like drama that ensued because of it. So they "eliminated" the "problem", and came out with Polaris - an inching recovery, but a recovery nonetheless. Polaris, to put it lightly, was hit-or-miss on many tracks, but overall left most people, aside from perhaps the die-hard fans with an overall "meh" feeling. Fair enough, you can easily blame the new guy for that one, maybe the band chemistry just hadn't clicked yet? Well, the new guy is no longer the new guy, and there's been no reported in-fighting since Mr.Tolkki's days. I guess you could say every silver lining has a black cloud, because at this point they no longer had any excuse to release anything but their best. I'm not entirely sure what Stratovarius' "best" sounds like, but I can imagine it sounds something like this.

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published 26.01.2011 | Comments (51)

Guest review by
Mountain King

Rating:
8.2
After the surprisingly good Polaris and yes it is surprising since Timo Tolkki wrote most of the band's songs and hits, I had really high hopes that the new album would be even better but after listening to the single "Darkest Hours", I felt "Deep Unknown" was on a higher level.

Well I was wrong! The album is as solid as it gets. Unlike Polaris which contains some of Stratovarius' best songs ("Deep Unknown", "Falling Star", "King Of Nothing", "Winter Skies"), but also had its share of mediocre moments ("Blind", "Higher We Go"), Elysium on the other hand starts with the fairly good "Darkest Hours" and continues to impress me with each passing track. The production is crystal clear and not over polished at all, the highlight being the sound of Lauri Porra's bass guitar. The groove he provides on "Lifetime In A Moment" and "Fairness Justified" is phenomenal and contributes positively to the overall sound. The absence of the typical fast double bass songs is eminent throughout but that's not to say that there are none. "Infernal Maze", being one of the finest tracks on the album, has the best vocal performance by Timo Kotipelto since the Infinite album. Perhaps the biggest surprise in Elysium is the presence of the 18 minute epic title track with its epic feel and changing moods which stands as one of the most impressive works the band has released to date. The admission of guitarist Matias Kupiainen was a good choice even though the change in the band's sound might be repelling to the Tolkki enthusiasts but Kupiainen is doing more than well in filling the big shoes of Timo Tolkki, his influence on the 18 minute title track brought some very inspiring moments and showcased what drummer Jörg Michael is capable of ("Elysium" Part II is worth mentioning).

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published 27.12.2011 | Comments (13)

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Starchild - 16.04.2011 at 19:39  
Rating: 9 I'm big fan of old stratovarius (episode, visions, destiny, infinite), and I thought that they will never again be on that level. Last 3 albums was mediocre, and i lost hope they will produce a great album again, but i was wrong. This album is amazing, definitelly return to form, their comeback. I like that progressive touch in some songs, and dark apocaliptic atmosphere/lyrics, melodies are great, and new guitarist Matias Kupiainen made a really good job, and can't forget to mention last song (18 mins of epicness ) So, great album, Stratovarius rocks again!!!
Andrew_Blaster - 30.04.2011 at 21:25  
  Well, overall is and average album, I was going to rate it with a 7, but the 18-minute track is pure gold
Soviet - 30.05.2011 at 01:13  
Rating: 10 Started listening to it and thought it was pretty good. Then I got to the last song, eylsium, and I ended up being very impressed
The Norseman - 01.06.2011 at 18:22  
Rating: 5 Even tho I listen to power metal for more than 10 years I never really gave a try to a Stratovarius album from the start to the end, this was my first. I started to listen with an open mind, I don't care about their popularity and their classic albums, I'm just listening to this album as if it was from a new unknown band.

Well.. I really can give more than a 6, and even 6 was being nice so I end up with a 5. I gave the album a lot of spins waiting to see if it would grow on me (sometimes happens) but even still, nothing... overall I just didn't enjoy. Cain's Offering (with the same vocals) was a much more enjoyable album for me.

Sorry Stratovarius fans, this album might sound good for you but for me... it's just didnt trigger.
AXA - 17.06.2011 at 15:32  
Rating: 6 Yeah brother The Norseman ,,, i agree with u
i try to hear this album as new metal band ,,, not Stratovarius
this a nother bad album with good sound
i can give this album more than a 6 ... maybe 6 .5
Pankar95 - 04.07.2011 at 08:18  
Rating: 8 Very good album. A couple of songs arent that good but ts mostly ups.
DJCynic - 12.02.2012 at 02:48  
Rating: 7
Written by The Norseman on 01.06.2011 at 18:22

Even tho I listen to power metal for more than 10 years I never really gave a try to a Stratovarius album from the start to the end, this was my first. I started to listen with an open mind, I don't care about their popularity and their classic albums, I'm just listening to this album as if it was from a new unknown band.

Well.. I really can give more than a 6, and even 6 was being nice so I end up with a 5. I gave the album a lot of spins waiting to see if it would grow on me (sometimes happens) but even still, nothing... overall I just didn't enjoy. Cain's Offering (with the same vocals) was a much more enjoyable album for me.

Sorry Stratovarius fans, this album might sound good for you but for me... it's just didnt trigger.

yeah me too i like most cain's offering - gather the faithful then this album.elysium is just not a classic for me but not boring either
ScnD361 - 11.12.2012 at 06:07  
  I think this album and polaris are the best of Stratovarius' albums, and a reason for this is the way how Kotipelto sings now, I feel his way of sing now, before he only sing in the way that Tolkki demands.
LordHypnos - 24.12.2012 at 05:21  
Rating: 4 Boring.
PrepareForMetal - 24.03.2013 at 19:42  
  Stratovarius is power metal band. So im asking where is the power? Certainly not here
Stunning Cactus - 06.08.2014 at 06:30  
Rating: 8 I will never understand what people liked more about Nemesis. This album blows it away in every aspect.
i_have_no_name - 12.10.2014 at 22:38  
Rating: 7 It isn't so good as classic albums, but it has a good feeling and a pure gold 18-minutes song.

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