When the news about the departure of drummer Jörg Michael from Stratovarius reached my ears a year ago, I couldn’t believe it. I thought it would be the end of the band, Fortunately I was wrong as the band and Jörg Michael parted ways on a friendly way, and Stratovarius continues making new music.
As farewell for Jörg, Stratovarius decided to record and release their live show at Tampere, Finland in November 2011. The result was Under Flames Winter Skies a DVD and double CD of 140 minutes of pure power metal including classics like Paradise, Speed Of Light, Visions, Legions and Hunting High And Low just to name a few, it also includes a 30 minutes documentary about the band, and an interview with Jörg Michael.
The Age Of Metal had the pleasure to speak with Jens Johansson keyboardist of Stratovarius, We talked about Under Flames Winter Skies, Jörg Michael departure of the band, the band’s new drummer Rolf Pilve, and the idea behind the new Stratovarius album which is in the process of being recorded as we speak.