After almost 30 years of musical career, Stratovarius had consolidated themselves as one of the top bands in power metal history. With a back catalog of 15th studio albums, great metal hymns like: Paradise, Hunting High and Low, Forever Free and Black Diamond just to name a few, and many tours and metal festivals in Europe and around the world. The band writes a new chapter in their history.
Stratovarius will release their 16th studio album called Nemesis this February 26th in North America. The album is composed of 11 amazing metal songs that continue the direction that Stratovarius took since the release of Polaris back in 2009, by making their music more melodic and eclectic and more in touch with today’s metal scene. This album also features the début of Rolf Pilve as the new drummer replacing Jörg Michael who left the band early last year.
Nemesis, is a darker, melodic and heavier album than its predecessor Elysium. This album also represents the beginning of a new chapter that not only introduces a new member, but it consolidates the role of each member of Stratovarius in the creative process of the band, and marks the new direction that the band has decided to take.
The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with Timo Kotipelto (voice) and Jens Johansson (Keyboards) hours before the Nemesis‘s listening party that the band offered to members of the press and fans last Monday in New York City. We talked about the album, the idea behind the cover art, their new musical focus, their upcoming European tour and much more.