Stratovarius



Rank:
56
1048 fans
Also known as Black Water (1982-1984)

Country: Finland
Labels: Edel Records
JVC Victor

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Formed in: 1982

1988-1994 Heavy metal
1995- Power metal

Line-up

1994-  Timo Kotipelto - vocals
1995-  Jens Johansson - keyboards
2005-  Lauri Porra - bass
2008-  Matias Kupiainen - guitars
2012-  Rolf "Rolle" Pilve - drums
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1984  Tuomo Lassila - drums, vocals
› 1985-1995  -//- drums
1984-1985  Staffan Stråhlman - guitars
1984-1987  Mika Ervaskari - keyboards
1984-1987  John Vihervä - bass
1985-1989  Jyrki Lettonen - bass
1985-1994  Timo Tolkki - guitars, vocals
› 1985-2008  -//- guitars
› 1990-1991  -//- guitars, vocals, bass
› 1994-2008  -//- guitars, backing vocals
1988-1995  Antti Ikonen - keyboards
1989-1993  Jari Behm - bass
1993-2005  Jari Kainulainen - bass
1995-2012  Jörg Michael - drums
2004  Katriina "Miss K" Wiiala - vocals
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1993-1994  Sami Kuoppamäki - drums
1998  Eicca Toppinen - cello
2009-2011  Tipe Johnson - backing vocals
2009-2011  Hepa Waara - backing vocals
2009-2011  Aleksi Parviainen - backing vocals
2004  Anders Johansson - drums
2010  Alex Landenburg - drums
1998  Marco Hietala - vocals
2005  Michael "Starbuck" Majalahti - spoken word
2005  Kimmo Blom - backing vocals
2005  Pasi Rantanen - backing vocals
2005  Petri Bäckström - vocals
2005  Max Lilja - cello
2009  Tony Kakko - backing vocals
2009  Perttu Vänskä - guitars
2011  Jani Liimatainen - backing vocals
› 2013  -//- guitars, backing vocals

Discography

1987 Demo [Demo]
1988 Future Shock [Single] 6.5
1989 Black Night [Single] 6.5
1992 Break The Ice [Single] 8
1995 Wings Of Tomorrow [Single] 7.5
1998 The Past And Now [Compilation] 8.3
1998 Visions Of Europe [Live] 8.9
1998 S.O.S. [Single] 8.1
1999 Holy Dio: A Tribute To The Voice Of Metal - Ronnie James Dio [VA] 9.1
1999 The Chosen Ones [Compilation] 8.6
2000 It's A Mystery [Single] 7.8
2000 14 Diamonds [Compilation] 8.9
2001 Intermission [Compilation] 7.8
2001 Infinite Visions [DVD] 8.5
2002 Eagleheart [Single] 8
2003 I Walk To My Own Song [Single] 8
2005 Maniac Dance [Single] 5.8
2006 Black Diamond: The Anthology [Compilation] 8.7
2008 Revolution Renaissance [Demo] 8.8
2009 Deep Unknown [Single] 8.1
2010 Darkest Hours [Single] 8.4
2012 Under Flaming Winter Skies - Live In Tampere [DVD] 9.3
2012 Under Flaming Winter Skies - Live In Tampere [Live] 8
2014 Nemesis Days [DVD] 10
2016 Best Of [Compilation] 9.5

Latest reviews

Few bands could hope to release a 16th studio album and fewer bands still could even dream that their 16th effort would be an album that could stand with some of their best. While the likes of Helloween, Gamma Ray and Rhapsody seem to have reached a stage where they sound completely uninspired with a lack of passion for their music, Finnish power metal juggernauts Stratovarius sound as good as they have done in many years.   Review by Belegûr ››
What a difference a line-up change can make. An energy is present in Stratovarius's camp which can only be pinned down to a fresh chemistry. New gun Rolf Pilve has quite the role to fill and expectations are high as he replaces Jorg Michael who provided the drums for many of the band's classic records. Perseverance is key and even after all their previous dramas Stratovarius have made Nemesis their most expressive return to form.   Review by R'Vannith ››
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"...   Review by Doc Godin ››

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