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Genre(s):
Melodic Power Metal
Lyrical Theme(s):
Religion, Life, Space, Nature, Fantasy
Origin:
Finland (Helsinki)
Formed In:
1984
Status:
Active
Current line-up:
Timo Kotipelto - Vocals (1994-2004, 2005-) (Filthy Asses, Cain's Offering)
Matias Kupiainen - Guitar (2008-) (Fist in Fetus, The Sinkage)
Jens Johansson - Keyboards (1995-) (Art Metal, Johansson, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Dio, Silver Mountain, Adrián Barilari, The Johansson Brothers, Russell Allen's Atomic Soul, Mastermind (USA))
Lauri Porra - Bass (2005-) (Gashouse Garden, Kotipelto, Sinergy, TunnelVision, Warmen, Almah)
Jörg Michael - Drums (1995-2004, 2005-) (Rage, Living Death (Deu), Saxon, Grave Digger, Running Wild, Mekong Delta, Unleashed Power, Surgeon (Deu), Tom Angelripper, House of Spirits, Kaledon, Glenmore, Axel Rudi Pell, Beto Vázquez Infinity, Der Riß, Headhunter, Soulslide, Avenger (Deu), X-Mas Project, V2)
Live members:
Alex Landenburg - Drums (2010-) (Annihilator, Axxis, At Vance, Broken Grace, Angels Cry, Broken Glass, Mekong Delta)
Former/Past Member(s):
Guitar:
Staffan Stråhlman (1984-1985)
Timo Tolkki (1985-2008, also Vocals 1985-1994, Bass 1992) (Revolution Renaissance)
Bass:
John Vihervä (1984)
Jyrki Lentonen (1984-89)
Jari Behm (1992-1993)
Jari Kainulainen (1993-2005) (Evergrey, Elias Viljanen, Mess, Kotipelto, Warmen, Voluspaa, Killing Machine)
Keyboards:
Antti Ikonen (1988-1995) (Timo Tolkki)
Drums:
Tuomo Lassila (1984-1995, also Vocals 1984-1985) (Conquest (Fin), Timo Tolkki)
Sami Kuoppamäki (session 1993-1994) (Apocalyptica)
Additional notes
Stratovarius (a portmanteau of Stratocaster and Stradivarius) was founded by Tuomo Lassila, John Viherv, and Staffan Strхhlman, originally under the name Black Water.

The music of early Stratovarius was very different from what it is today. Back then it was heavily influenced by Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne. Guitar player Staffan brought in some classical elements. Bass player John left the band by the end of 1984 and was replaced by Jyrki Lentonen, who previously played with Timo Tolkki in a band called Road Block.

1985 Staffan did not want to play in Stratovarius anymore and he left one week before the band was supposed to play a gig in Aalborg, Denmark. Tuomo Lassila phoned to Timo Tolkki and asked him to join the band. Timo learned all the songs from cassette tape and after a few rehearsals the band travelled to Denmark. At that time Tuomo was still singing and playing the drums at the same time. It soon became evident that the band needed a singer because Tuomo''''s vocal range. However, good singers are few and far between and so Timo Tolkki took over the vocal duties. At this point the music was starting to sound more like it is today: very melodic and classically influenced. Timo Tolkki brought along his influences; Blackmore, Rainbow and Baroque music. The band rehearsed and gigged extensively in Helsinki and made its first demo tape under this line up in 1987. It contained songs "Future Shock", "Fright Night" and "Night Screamer".

The demos were sent to various record companies in Finland and CBS Finland wanted to sign the band after seeing a show at Tavastia Club, Helsinki. At this point the band had a new keyboard player Antti Ikonen. The band recorded its first single "Future Shock/Witch Hunt" in 1988. This was followed by another single "Black Night/Night Screamer" in the beginning of 1989 and finally the debut album "Fright Night" saw daylight in May 1989.

The band gigged extensively during the summer and autumn 1989 and played a huge outdoor gig Giants Of Rock in HяПНmeenlinna with Anthrax and many other metal acts. After all this bass player Jyrki Lentonen left the band. New material was written and demoed early 1990 but CBS lost interest of releasing more Stratovarius material. The band did not give up but rehearsed a lot and made new songs and finally went to record the follow-up to "Fright Night". All this time the band did not have a record contract and it had to finance the recordings by itself. Timo played all the bass parts and even though there is a photo of a new bassist Jari Behm in "Twilight Time" actually play on the album. Soon Jari was asked to leave the band because his style of playing did not fit to the band''''s music at all.

The second album called "Stratovarius II" was released in Finland early 1992. At this point it was pretty clear that the market for Stratovarius was outside Finland. Many tapes were sent all over the world and Shark Records wanted to sign the band after hearing the song "Hands of Time". Finally "Stratovarius II" was released with a new cover and a new name "Twilight Time" in October 1992 all over the Europe. Soon import copies started to spread to the Japanese market and "Twilight Time" was five months in Top 10 of import disks in Japan. Evetually it became the best selling import album in Japan in 1993. The band also got a big record contract with JVC Victor Entertainment in Japan which released "Twilight Time" in July 1993. Timo Tolkki flew to Japan for the first time in the same month to do promotion and saw that the bands popularity was skyrocketing with enthusiastic fans. The spare time between searching for the record deal was spent on writing new material and the band recorded new songs during the whole year 1993. Also a new bass player Jari Kainulainen joined the band as 70% of the new material was already recorded. At this time Tuomo Lassila had a severe stress injury in his both hands and was not able to play drums for 8 weeks. The record had to be completed with Kingston Wall drummer Sami KuoppamяПНki, who played on 4 tracks.

Finally the third album "Dreamspace" was released worldwide in February and March 1994. It was highly praised among the critics and took the bands popularity to a different level. In June the band headed to Japan for the first tour and played concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya seeing Japanese fans face to face for the first time. In Finland they played just one gig before heading for Japan in the now defunct, legendary Shadow Club in Helsinki. This was also JK''''s very first live appearance with Stratovarius.

At this stage Timo Tolkki decided that his singing days were over and that the band should find a proper singer to take the band''''s sound even further. Timo Kotipelto was recommended and a succesful audition was arranged. Kotipelto''''s first recording with the band, "Fourth Dimension," was released worldwide in March 1995 and it doubled the sales of "Dreamspace"

The band toured heavily playing shows in all over Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Finland, Greece and Japan. After all these tours Tuomo Lassila and Antti Ikonen, the long time members were asked to leave the band. There were many reasons for this line up change, the most important were personal chemistry and musical differences, mainly that Timo Tolkki did not believe they had the technical ability to play the new material he was envisaging. German drummer Jіrg Michael and Swedish keyboard player Jens Johansson were hired as their replacements.

The fifth album "Episode" marks the debut was what is generally considered the band''''s classic line-up. The album marked a further progression of the new Stratovarius sound with increased symphonic elements.

Stratovarius'''' next album "Visions" was released in the April of 1997 and it hit the Finnish charts position #5 in an instant. It spent a total of 24 weeks on the Finnish Top 40. "Visions" also launched an extensive tour, during which Stratovarius entertained not only Finns but also their fans in Japan, Europe and South America. "Visions" exceeded the gold disc plateau of 20.000 sold copies in Finland and the gold disc was celebrated at Tavastia Club in Helsinki June 10th 1998 with a little party and a special gig with a couple of unusual song choices.

April 1998 Stratovarius started rehearsing their new studio material for the forthcoming album, their seventh full length studio release "Destiny" The album was recorded at Finnvox studios during the spring and summer of 1998 and the release date was October 5th 1998. The first single from the album is entitled SOS was released August 17th and it reached #3 on Finnish single charts. Strangely enough, Destiny itself debuted the Finnish charts on position #1 the Thursday BEFORE it was officially released.

The coming of the year 1999 saw Stratovarius again surpassing the gold disc plateau with "Destiny." Stratovarius also recieved laurels from Finnish record industry at this time when they were awarded an "Emma" trophy for being an outstanding export band.

the following album, Infinite, was yet again very successful album and it certified gold in Finland. It was 3rd album in a row to do that for Stratovarius.

At the end of 2000 Stratovarius returned form their most succesful and longest tour ever, promoting the Infinite album. Following this they decided to take an extended break. In this time Timo Tolkki and Timo Kotipelto worked on solo albums. A B-side and bonus track compilation called "Intermission" inlcuding 4 new songs was released in 2001 to close the gap until the new album would be released followed by a very selective choice of festival appearance in summer 2001.

After a year''''s break Stratovarius entered the studio again in summer 2002 to work on their next album, called "Elements Pt. 1," released the following spring. In late 2003, tension began building within the band. Timo Tolkki became irritable with the other band members. He claimed to be recieving death threats and stated that he had hired trained bodyguards. Finally, in September, he decided that some of the other members were a threat to the direction he wanted Stratovarius to go in. In the end, Timo Kotipelto and Jіrg Michael were expelled from the band. At the time both claimed they were happy to leave, because they did not want to around the irrational Tolkki any longer.

The following months saw a bizarre series of claims, announcements and alleged events come from Stratovarius,mostly originating from Timo Tolkki.

In January 2004, Anders Johansson and Katriina "Miss K" Wiiala were officially announced to replace Jіrg and Timo, respectively. A now-infamous photoshoot of Miss K with a mouth full of fake blood was posted on the Stratovarius website around this time as well. Anders soon backed out of the arrangement after Tolkki made an announcement that he had joined Stratovarius permanently - he had, in fact, only agreed to perform as a session musician on the next album as a favour to his brother Jens.

In February 2004, Timo Tolkki claimed to have been assaulted, beaten, and stabbed by an unknown attacker. A suspiciously fake-looking photo of an "injured" Tolkki was posted online. It was later said that he was soon rehospitalized following a suicide attempt.

In the aftermath of this, Tolkki announced he was going to try and sit down with the members (past and present) to sort everything out, and disband Stratovarius if they could no longer co-operate.

The band eventually reunited in January 2005 and later released a self-titled comeback album. This would be the last album with the ''''classic'''' line-up, however, as bassist Jari Kainulainen left soon afterwards. Lauri Porra, from Sinergy and many other Finnish projects, was brought in to replace him. Porra has also released a solo album of jazzy bass-led music.

On April 2nd, 2008, Timo Tolkki announced that Stratovarius has split up due to irresolvable tensions between himself, Timo Kotipleto and Jіrg Michael, and that music he had written for the next Stratovarius album would be used for his new project, Revolution Renaissance.

In June 2008 however, Tolkki instead released the contractual rights to both the Stratovarius name and back catalogue to Kotipelto, Johansson and Michael, allowing them to carry on the band with Lauri Porra and a new guitarist.

Later that month, Tolkki said that he will be making one more Stratovarius album, "the last one", with the original drummer Tuomo Lassila and keyboardist Antti Ikonen, with Tolkki singing and playing guitar. The album will presumably be recorded under a different band name.

The remaining four members chose Matias Kupiainen as their new guitarist in August 2008, and later confirmed they would continue under the name Stratovarius.

Timo Tolkki confirmed in a lengthy interview in 2008 that many stories from the time of the band splitting apart (inclusing his assault, the hiring of "Miss K" and Jens Johansson urinating on him onstage) had been entirely fabricated, and claimed the complicity of the rest of the band, as well as their management and record label.

Birth Dates:
Timo Tolkki (3rd March 1966 Klaukkala, Finnland)
Timo Kotipelto (15th March 1969 Lappajфrvi, Finland)
Jens Johansson (2nd November 1963 Stockhom, Sweden)
Lauri Porra (13th December 1977, Finland)
Jіrg Michael (27th March 1963, Germany)

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Discography:
Stratovarius - Demo [demo] - 1987
Stratovarius - Future Shock [single] - 1988
Stratovarius - Black Night [single] - 1989
Stratovarius - Fright Night [full-length] - 1989
Stratovarius - Break The Ice [single] - 1992
Stratovarius - Twilight Time [full-length] - 1992
Stratovarius - Dreamspace [full-length] - 1994
Stratovarius - Wings Of Tomorrow [single] - 1995
Stratovarius - Fourth Dimension [full-length] - 1995
Stratovarius - Father Time [single] - 1996
Stratovarius - Will The Sun Rise? [single] - 1996
Stratovarius - Episode [full-length] - 1996
Stratovarius - Black Diamond [single] - 1997
Stratovarius - The Kiss Of Judas [single] - 1997
Stratovarius - Visions [full-length] - 1997
Stratovarius - Visions Of Europe [live] - 1998
Stratovarius - The Past And Now [best of/compilation] - 1998
Stratovarius - S.O.S. [single] - 1998
Stratovarius - Destiny [full-length] - 1998
Stratovarius - The Chosen Ones [best of/compilation] - 1999
Stratovarius - Hunting High And Low [single] - 2000
Stratovarius - Infinite [full-length] - 2000
Stratovarius - It's A Mystery [single] - 2000
Stratovarius - 14 Diamonds [best of/compilation] - 2000
Stratovarius - A Million Light Years Away [single] - 2000
Stratovarius - Intermission [best of/compilation] - 2001
Stratovarius - Eagleheart [single] - 2002
Stratovarius - Elements Pt.1 [full-length] - 2003
Stratovarius - I Walk To My Own Song [single] - 2003
Stratovarius - Elements Pt.2 [full-length] - 2003
Stratovarius - Maniac Dance [single] - 2005
Stratovarius - Stratovarius [full-length] - 2005
Stratovarius - Revolution Renaissance [demo] - 2008
Stratovarius - Deep Unknown [single] - 2009
Stratovarius - Polaris [full-length] - 2009
Stratovarius - Darkest Hours [single] - 2010
Stratovarius - Elysium [full-length] - 2011
Stratovarius - Under Flaming Winter Skies - Live In Tampere [live] - 2012
Stratovarius - Unbreakable [ep] - 2013
Stratovarius - Nemesis [full-length] - 2013
Stratovarius - Enigma: Intermission 2 [full-length] - 2018

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Stratovarius 1996 Episode
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Начал слушать этих ребят. Сейчас добрался до Dreamspace, пока отношение в диапазоне от равнодушного до спокойно-положительного. Есть приятные темы, но частенько звучит достаточно банально. Напоминает американцев Riot периода рубежа восьмидесятых-девяностых и отчасти Queensryche, эдакий мягкий вариант USPM - ассоциация для меня лично весьма и весьма хорошая. Нравится также некоторое количество элементов прогрессива в их музыке - бывает, посреди какого-нибудь проигрыша в мелодик-пауэрном чёсе внезапно вынырнет какая-нибудь неожиданная сбивочка - мелочь, а приятно
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Слыхал про этих ребят. Ничё, норм такие
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post Aug 5 2021, 10:32:35
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ЦИТАТА(NeonKnight @ Aug 5 2021, 00:23:39) *
Начал слушать этих ребят. Сейчас добрался до Dreamspace, пока отношение в диапазоне от равнодушного до спокойно-положительного. Есть приятные темы, но частенько звучит достаточно банально. Напоминает американцев Riot периода рубежа восьмидесятых-девяностых и отчасти Queensryche, эдакий мягкий вариант USPM - ассоциация для меня лично весьма и весьма хорошая. Нравится также некоторое количество элементов прогрессива в их музыке - бывает, посреди какого-нибудь проигрыша в мелодик-пауэрном чёсе внезапно вынырнет какая-нибудь неожиданная сбивочка - мелочь, а приятно


Забавно читать отзыв о группе,кторой сто лет в обед,которую уже слушают миллионы людей много лет,от человека ,который только услышал её. Я бы почитал нечто подобное о Metallica или Manowar.


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И это только пилотная серия. Скоро будут "Эпизод" и "Видения".


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Mick Dundee, не знаю, простительно ли мне это будет, но я не совсем опытный меломан ещё - и много не слышал. Со Стратами вот как то не срослось, хотя я их, помнится, уже пробовал слушать, однако тогда не понравилось. Но всё равно это мелочи по-большому счёту. Что ж тогда делать с теми меломанами, которые ещё придут в будущем к этой группе? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif)


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