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Stratovarius - Elements Part I

7.8 | 475 votes |
Release date: 27 January 2003
Style: Power metal


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01. Eagleheart
02. Soul Of A Vagabond
03. Find Your Own Voice
04. Fantasia
05. Learning To Fly
06. Papillon
07. Stratofortress
08. Elements
09. A Drop In The Ocean
10. Into Deep Blue [Japanese bonus]

Additional info
French version bonus track: "Papillon" (French version)
Japanese version bonus track: "Into Deep Blue"

A special edition 3D cover box (NB 1037-0) was also released that includes:

- "Elements Pt. 1" CD
- Exclusive 12 deluxe page booklet
- "Elements Pt. 1" cover sticker
- Exclusive 3-track bonus CD:
1. Run Away (4:51)
2. Soul Of A Vagabond [demo] (7:38)
3. Find Your Own Voice [demo] (4:44)

Only available via Nuclear Blast mailorder: Limited edition 2 CD longform
digipack (NB 1037-5) including a bonus CD with the following tracklist:
1. Eagleheart [demo] (3:31)
2. Soul Of A Vagabond [demo] (7:39)
3. Find Your Own Voice [demo] (4:45)
4. Fantasia [demo] (9:08)
5. Learning To Fly [demo] (6:27)
6. Papillon [demo] (6:23)
7. Stratofortress [demo] (3:19)
8. Elements [demo] (11:43)
9. A Drop In The Ocean [demo] (3:52)
10. Run Away (4:52)

Also avalaible in several digipacks

Jens Johansson: Keyboard
Jari Kainulainen: Bass
Timo Kotipelto: Vocals
Jörg Michael: Drums
Timo Tolkki: Guitar, vocals

Recorded and mixed at Finnvox Studios from April
to September 2002
Produced by Timo Tolkki for Goldenworks Ltd.
Engineered by Mikko Karmila and Timo Tolkki
Mixed by Mikko Karmila and Timo Tolkki
Mixed by Mikko Karmila
Mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox
A&R Andy Siri
All paintings by Derek Riggs
Photography by Marc Villalonga
Layout by Sander Sebeling
Orchestra and choir arranged and produced by Laine & Niemi Joensuu City
Orchestra and Stratovarius singers conducted by Riku Niemi
Leader Juha Ikonen
Chorus master Hilkka Kangasmiemi
Orchestral percussion performed by Mungo Vallonen and Riku Niemi
Accordion on "Fantasia" perfirmed by Veijo Laine
Orchestra engineered by Petri Pvykkonen at Carelia Hall Joensuu
Choir engineered by Juha Heininen at HIP Studios
Boy voice in "Papillon" by Jonas Ranas Rannila
"Fantasia" is loosely based on the movie
"Neverending Story"

Reissued in 2014 together with Elements Part II in two editions:
European Limited Expanded Edition (3CD+DVD)
- CD1 "Elements Pt.1"
- CD2 "Elements Pt. 2"
- CD3 incl. unreleased and rare songs
- DVD incl. 5.1 mix of "Elements Pt. 1" and "Elements Pt. 2" as well as rare songs

European Anniversary Edition Box set
- 3CD+DVD digi-pak
- cassette (30 min) incl. rough demos - previously unreleased and only available on this release
- T-shirt with original artwork from the tour
- reproduction of original tour program

Staff review by
Ah... the long-awaited new Stratovarius album! I should say, this 3-year break proved very helpful for the guys - Elements pt.1 sounds really fresh and is definitely better than the previous two efforts (Destiny and Infinite). It's also VERY epic - at times you even think the guys went a bit too far with this obsession for the epic-orchestral-choral stuff. Well, I shouldn't complain about this, since I'm obsessed with the same thing.

published 22.09.2003 | Comments (13)

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03.07.2012 - 04:01
Eagleheart !!! love the chorus on that one !
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12.10.2014 - 22:43
Rating: 10
The best Stratovarius' album. I don't know why it's so underrated.
11.02.2018 - 18:06
Rating: 8
They did a big mistake then. Should have done one great album instead of one good and one average. From here and up to Nemesis their low points followed one after another.
29.12.2018 - 14:50
Rating: 8
Mountain King
K i K o
Very good album, it's just not so memorable as the previous 3 (excluding Destiny). My favorite song is "Soul Of A Vagabond"
18.05.2019 - 23:01
Rating: 9
Very nice and melodic album. I consider it a not-so-good reminescence of Episode.

My favorite song on this one is Elements
26.11.2023 - 11:04
Rating: 6
Metal Rasputin
I don't like this one. Elements was the first Strato album I bought back in the day and I remember being hugely disappointed. Eagleheart is another generic Strato hit song, but beyond that I don't think there's anything particularly memorable here.
You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like!

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