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Nemesis

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Nemesis, the 14th studio album from venerable Finnish power metal outfit Stratovarius, covers a lot of familiar ground. Flush with bold, sweeping choruses backed by keyboard choirs, strings, and arpeggiated synths (the latter ride higher in the mix than usual), flashy yet nimble guitar leads, fierce, melodic breakdowns, and spirited lyrics that rally the listener to overcome non-specific adversities, the first outing to feature new drummer Rolf Pilve (Jörg Michael left the group amicably for personal reasons soon after the release of 2011's Elysium), doesn't disappoint. Nemesis, as is the case with all Stratovarius albums, was crafted in a world where subtlety ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Nemesis, the 14th studio album from venerable Finnish power metal outfit Stratovarius, covers a lot of familiar ground. Flush with bold, sweeping choruses backed by keyboard choirs, strings, and arpeggiated synths (the latter ride higher in the mix than usual), flashy yet nimble guitar leads, fierce, melodic breakdowns, and spirited lyrics that rally the listener to overcome non-specific adversities, the first outing to feature new drummer Rolf Pilve (Jörg Michael left the group amicably for personal reasons soon after the release of 2011's Elysium), doesn't disappoint. Nemesis, as is the case with all Stratovarius albums, was crafted in a world where subtlety has not yet come into existence, allowing for cover art that depicts a nude, buxom angel with a broadsword descending from a fiery sky filled with mushroom clouds (and a single, sad spaceship that must have wandered in from some abandoned Somewhere in Time-era Iron Maiden jacket) upon a metropolis in ruins. Luckily (for those with a taste for symphonic power metal excess in the vein of Rhapsody of Fire, Blind Guardian, and Helloween), Nemesis delivers musically what it does visually, offering up 11 well-honed slabs of propulsive, stadium-ready, non-specific adversity anthems that skillfully toe the line between radio-ready -- in a sort of Muse-meets-Dragonforce way ("Abandon," "Unbreakable," "Halcyon Days") -- and too epic for prime time ("Out of the Fog," "If the Story Is Over," "Nemesis"), resulting in another riveting, ludicrous, ornate, hammy, and explosive set from one of the genre's finest practitioners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2013
  • Label: Eagle Rock Ent
  • UPC: 826992509921
  • Catalog Number: 250992
  • Sales rank: 55,822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Abandon (4:51)
  2. 2 Unbreakable (4:36)
  3. 3 Stand My Ground (4:14)
  4. 4 Halcyon Days (5:31)
  5. 5 Fantasy (4:19)
  6. 6 Out of the Fog (6:58)
  7. 7 Castles in the Air (6:02)
  8. 8 Dragons (4:04)
  9. 9 One Must Fall (4:30)
  10. 10 If The Story is Over (6:06)
  11. 11 Nemesis (6:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stratovarius Primary Artist
Jens Johansson Keyboards, Group Member
James Lascelles Background Vocals
Timo Kotipelto Vocals, Group Member
Lauri Porra Bass, Group Member
Jani Liimatainen Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Matias Kupiainen Guitar, Group Member
Koop Arponen Background Vocals
Tipe Johnson Background Vocals
Hepa Waara Background Vocals
Rolf Pilve Drums, Group Member
Dane Stefaniuk Background Vocals
Alexa Leroux Background Vocals
Joakim Jokela Guest Appearance
Susanna Koski Background Vocals
The Shark Finns Background Vocals
Ari "Homopomo" Sievälä Background Vocals
Anna-Maija Jalkanen Background Vocals
Anna Maria Parkkinen Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jens Johansson Composer
Mika Jussila Mastering
Timo Kotipelto Composer
Gerry Wilkes Management
Lauri Porra Composer
Gyula Havancsák Cover Art
Nauska Band Photo
Jani Liimatainen Composer
Matias Kupiainen Composer, Producer, Engineer
Sander Nebeling Layout
Antje Lange Management
Joakim Jokela Whistle
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