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Polaris
     

Polaris

by Stratovarius
 

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2009 marks a period of transition for prog metallists Stratovarius, as longtime guitarist Timo Tolkki has bid the band sweet adieu, while two new members -- guitarist Matias Kupianen and bassist Lauri Porra -- have signed on. But with vocalist Timo

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2009 marks a period of transition for prog metallists Stratovarius, as longtime guitarist Timo Tolkki has bid the band sweet adieu, while two new members -- guitarist Matias Kupianen and bassist Lauri Porra -- have signed on. But with vocalist Timo Kotipelto at the helm (are Stratovarius the only rock band in the universe to ever have two chaps named "Timo" in the same band?), the signature Stratovarius sound and approach are very much still intact, as evidenced by their 12th studio album overall, Polaris. In other words, there are oodles of tricky musical bits, Geoff Tate-meets-Bruce Dickinson-like vocals, bombastic production, and all the elements that longtime Stratovarius connoisseurs demand in a new album by their Finnish heroes. This approach is exemplified on such tracks as the album opening "Deep Unknown," while tracks such as "King of Nothing" combine the aforementioned musical approach with some pretty darn fierce metal (especially the song's opening).

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2009
Label:
Eagle Records
UPC:
0826992503127
catalogNumber:
25031
Rank:
101356

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Performance Credits

Stratovarius   Primary Artist
Jens Johansson   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jörg Michael   Drums,Group Member
Timo Kotipelto   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Heikki Hamalainen   Strings
Lauri Porra   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Kari Lindstedt   Strings
Tony Kakko   Background Vocals
Matias Kupiainen   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tipe Johnson   Background Vocals
Seppo Rautasuo   Strings
Hepa Waara   Background Vocals
Heikki Vehmanen   Strings
Alexi Parviainen   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jens Johansson   Engineer
Stratovarius   Audio Production
Johansson   Composer
Kotipelto   Composer
Gyula Havancsák   Cover Art
Pessi Levanto   Arranger,String Arrangements
Matias Kupiainen   Engineer,Guitar Engineer,Bass Engineer,Vocal Recording
Porra   Composer
Perttu Vanska   Arranger,Programming
Kupiainen   Composer

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