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Below is our complete Stratovarius news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Amberian Dawn has checked in with the following update about Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson performing on their next album:
"We are proud to announce that Mr. Jens Johansson, keyboard player of Stratovarius is going to appear on our next album. Before joining Stratovarius Jens has contributed his talent for bands like DIO and Yngwie J. Malmsteen.
"On this new AD album Jens is playing two keyboard battles with Tuomas Seppälä of AD. There's going to be electricity on the air when these two gentlemen meets each other on the battlefield of keyboards!"
While we're announcing free label samplers on Amazon.com, Eagle/Armoury Records has one up there as well, apparently from 2009. Here's the tracklisting of their free metal and hard rock compilation, which looks to contain a lot more vintage material than the other samplers, including Dio, Rainbow, Deep Purple and more:
1. Black Label Society "Suicide Messiah" (5:47)
2. Deep Purple "Rapture Of The Deep" (5:55)
3. Stratovarius "Deep Unknown" (4:26)
4. Alice Cooper "Detroit City" (3:57)
5. Dio "Holy Diver" (4:46)
6. Napalm Death "Breed To Breathe" [Explicit] (2:59)
7. Twisted Sister "Stay Hungry" (3:13)
8. Poison "Look What The Cat Dragged In" [Explicit] (3:15)
9. Rainbow "Kill The King" (4:39)
10. Black Label Society "Doomsday Jesus" (3:30)
You can download the free compilation here.
German metal band Mystic Prophecy has posted new tour journals from their tour with Stratovarius and Tracedawn at this location. An excerpt from the most recent entry from their January 20th show in Switzerland at the Z7 is as follows:
"Now it's time for us to go on stage, intro, 'Across the Gates...,' 'Masters of Sin' ... and then I usually talk to the audience. In which language? English or German? Never mind! German is okay. 'Hello Switzerland!' ... I barely hear anything. What the hell... 'Hello Switzerlaaaaand!!!' ... there is a murmuring among the crowd. Just like what happened to Tracedawn, only a few fans making some noise. Okay, we don't give up so soon. Pedal to the metal! Slowly the Swiss are warming up and look, after five songs we made it. They're cheering and clapping."
"During 'To the Devil I pray' Matt tries to tell me something and he points upwards. When I look this direction I see that there's an open window, three Tracedawn guys are standing there, making faces. And in the middle of them, there's their bassist presenting his bare manhood... hahaha. The guys are priceless and we're cracking up with laughter onstage."
Swedish power/heavy metal band Dream Evil has launched a new trailer as a promotion for their latest release, In The Night. They also announced that In The Night has reached #53 on the Swedish sales charts. It was not specified exactly which sales chart they achieved that rank in.
“ ‘In The Night’ is available as CD, Digital Download and also as Limited Edition Mediabook CD with alternate cover artwork, extended booklet, two bonus tracks (‘Good Nightmare’ and ‘The Return’) as well as an exclusive patch!
“Dream Evil are currently on tour promoting ‘In The Night’ on shows with Stratovarius and Tracedawn... Dream Evil’s drummer, Pat Power, quickly checked in as follows:
"Finally the roads are seeing Dream Evil again! The tour has been amazing so far! The crowd is wild and the metal anthems run like thunder, crushing all non-believers! People in the cities salute our arrival with mighty roars. Hail all the fans who join our crusade! Hope to see you out there too! Until then, metal forever!
“ ‘In The Night’ was once again produced at Sweden’s Studio Fredman (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, HammerFall, etc.), which is owned by Dream Evil axeman Fredrik Nordström, and the stunning artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Krisiun etc.).”
The band has added the songs ‘Band Your Head’ and ‘Immortal’ on their MySpace page."
Here are all the exact upcoming Dream Evil dates:
Dream Evil + Stratovarius & Tracedawn:
SA 06.02.2010 Lund (Sweden) – Mejeriet
SU 07.02.2010 Göteborg (Sweden) – Brew House
MO 08.02.2010 Oslo (Norway) – Rockefeller
TU 09.02.2010 Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben
Dream Evil - Festivals 2010:
SA 14.08.2010 Catton Hall Derby (UK) – Bloodstock Open Air
SA 28.08.2010: Rijssen (NL) – Elsrock Festival
German metal band MYSTIC PROPHECY mainman R.D. Liapakis has issued an update from their tour with STRATOVARIUS from Paris. The tour update is as follows:
“As it turns out the chemistry between STRATOVARIUS and MYSTIC PROPHECY is great. Every night is a great party with lots of fans coming into the shows. More the 1000 people came in to our show in Paris giving us the most energizing feedback any artist can hope for. It definitely is a great tour so far and we can’t wait for the rest of the dates. So see you soon in a town near you. Until then stay heavy!”
Stratovarius has announced a couple of signing sessions in France, in Paris and Tolouse. The details are as follows:
Paris, January 12 at Gibert Odeon @ 17:30
Tolouse, January 13, FNAC @ 17:30.
Stratovarius, who recently confirmed their appearance at Wacken 2010, will continue their European tour starting in January. The band also plans to start work on a new album in 2010. Here is a news update from the band:
"We're still in the middle of the Polaris world tour, but we do have a bit of news.
"The European summer festivals earlier this year were nice and relaxing as always, and then we embarked on a long three-month leg which covered the Far East, North and South America, and Finland. One highlight was Beijing, a place none of us in the band had played or visited before.
"Some of Lauri's video blogs from the past year are at http://www.stratovarius.com/tour.
"After a break for the holidays, the caravan will roll on in 2010, and we will do a long tour of Europe in January and February (see dates below). You can always check an up-to-date list of any upcoming dates at this address: http://www.stratovarius.com/tour.
"We have some more good news: we just confirmed to play Wacken in August 2010, which is always great fun. It's the biggest metal festival in the world, and has a great crowd, but also since there are so many bands there, you can always reconnect with many old friends backstage and in the VIP bar. This gig will mark the end of the "Polaris" would tour which spanned four continents with close to a hundred gigs. Wacken's website is at http://www.wacken.com/.
"We have finally made available the remaining stock some of the band's older merch. It's available for sale now at the 'treasure chest' on Stratovarius' official webshop at Fanzone. Some of these classic items are pretty unlikely that we will reprint, ever. The information about the old "treasure chest' merch you can find here (pdf). The main webshop with all the stock you can find at this address: http://www.fanzone.fi/stratovarius/.
"We have also confirmed an appearance on the '70,000 tons of metal' Caribbean cruise in late January, 2011. You can find details about this very nice cruise here: http://www.70000tons.com.
"We saved the best piece of good news for last: next year we will start work on a new full-length record, a follow-up to 2009's 'Polaris.'
"Best regards, happy holidays and have a great new 2010!"
Remaining confirmed tour dates are as follows: More...
Arch Enemy are the latest band to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival. The festival will take place August 5-7, 2010 in Wacken, Germany. Arch Enemy will perform on the 6th of August. The list of currently confirmed bands is as follows:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
The Devil's Blood
Swedish power metal band DREAM EVIL has revealed a brand-new studio album entitled “In The Night.” DREAM EVIL’s “In The Night” was produced at Sweden’s Studio Fredman (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, HammerFall, etc.), which is owned by DREAM EVIL axeman Fredrik Nordström, and will be released via Century Media Records on January 25th, 2010 in Europe and January 26th, 2010 in North America.
The artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Krisiun etc.). The tracklisting for “In The Night” is as follows:
02. In The Night
03. Bang Your Head
04. See The Light
07. On The Wind
08. The Ballad
09. In The Fires Of The Sun
10. Mean Machine
11. Kill, Burn, Be Evil
12. The Unchosen One More...
Tracedawn has issued the following update regarding upcoming tour plans and new live tour videos:
"Big news for us, now it's confirmed that we will hit the road again! We will warm up the legendary power-metal outfit Stratovarius on their european tour in January/February 2010!!! Nothing, more to say that we're fokken ecstatic about this!"
"We will also have other stuff coming up, including a limited tour video from the first days of the Ensiferum tour, magical tour photos from the cameras of Roni and Vili, a little santa-claus suprise and most important, some new killer t-shirts with cool fresh prints are also on the way!" More...
Boston metal band Ravage has issued the following road report regarding their troubles on their current US tour:
"If you've been following my previous blogs, you know we've been stuck here in beautiful but boring Eugene Oregon since last Sunday, so I'll recap what has happened for all of you over the last week - because it has been awful and we can only apologize to those promoters who wished to help us out with shows and those fans who were waiting to see us."
"Last Saturday night, after our Sacramento CA show was canceled by the venue (because they lose their license), we decided to head north to Seattle. We broke down on I5 heading toward Seattle for the show in which we were supposed to open for Stratovarius on Sunday. We were in Grant's Pass Oregon and quickly had our battery and altenator replaced so we could continue on." More...
Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following update regarding the cancellation of two tour dates:
"Unfortunately the venue has had to cancel our show on Sept 24th at The Rock Star sports bar in Fort Worth Texas - so that show is not happening. If anyone wants to book Ravage in the Forth Worth area on Sept 23rd or 24th, send me a message or email email@example.com" More...
Pagan's Mind has issued the following announcement about canceling their remaining tour dates with Stratovarius:
"PAGAN'S MIND regret to announce that the last half of the band's North American tour in support of STRATOVARIUS is cancelled. The second leg in Canada along with the three west coast U.S. dates will be with Stratovarius and local support bands only.
"The band would like to thank Stratovarius and their managment for attempting to resolve the problems that forced us to make this difficult choice. The obstacles placed in the band's path were numerous and the decisions made were completely out of the band's control. Needless to say, the guys are crushed by the recent turn of events.
"In addition to the already announced headline show in St. Paul, MN, PAGAN'S MIND will play a few more shows on their own."
The remaining Pagan's Mind tour dates are as follows:
9/12 - Atlanta, GA - Centre Stage (ProgPower USA festival)
9/13 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' South End
9/15 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
9/16 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater
9/18 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
9/19 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
9/20 - Montreal, QC - Medley
9/21 - Boston, MA - Middle East
9/23 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
9/24 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
9/25 - Mokena, IL - Pearl Room
9/26 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Singer Al Firicano, of the thrash metal band, Ravage, has issued the following update regarding some tour date cancellations:
"Ravage has unfortunately been forced to cancel appearances at The KC Power Fest and the August 18th show at Volume 11 in Raleigh, NC (this show will still be taking place, but without Ravage). Due to issues with the Ravage mobile, we've been forced to wait for repairs to take place in Missouri, so we will be delayed significantly and will have to pick up the tour in Allentown PA on August 20th - that will be the next show. We'd like to sincerely apologize to the fans and promoters for this and we hope to add a Kansas City show and a Raleigh NC show back to the tour before it is all over. Details will be announced when available." More...
Metal Blade Records artists, Ravage, from Boston, MA, has announced an extensive North American Tour in support of their forthcoming full-length CD, "The End Of Tomorrow," which due out on August 18th.
The tour will be in essence, a collection of mini-tours featuring the best regional and local support acts appearing on short strings of dates. In the North East, Ravage will be joined by Las Vegas power metallers, SEVENTH CALLING, for a series of shows. Some tour dates will also include Heaven and Hell Record's East Coasters HELLRAZOR. Southern dates will include appearances by A LOWER DEEP, and in the Northwest, Ravage will be joined by SKELATOR for some dates. In addition, Ravage will make a special guest appearance at the Seattle tour date of STRATOVARIUS and will kick off the tour at the Mexico Metalfest in Mexico, Maine with PSYCHOSTICK. Further festival appearances will include The KC Power Fest in Kansas City with MANILLA ROAD, The Binghampton NY Metalfest with THE RODS and CAGE, The Iron and Steel Festival in New Jersey with ROSS THE BOSS (ex-MANOWAR) and FAITH FACTOR (ex-DEADLY BLESSING) and The Pathfinder Metalfest in Atlanta with HALLOW'S EVE. More...
A new video interview, conducted by Stormbringer.at, has been posted online with Stratovarius guitarist Matias Kupiainen and bassist Lauri Porra. The video clip was recorded at the Masters of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic and can be viewed below. More...
Stratovarius has announced a European tour for January and February 2010. Current Stratovarius tour dates are as follows:
07/11 - Masters of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
07/18 - Ilosaarirock, Joensuu, Finland
07/19 - Pro Rock Festival, Aerodrome "Chajka", Kiev, Ukraine
07/25 - Zwarte Cross Festival, Lichtenvoorde, Holland
08/01 - Linnoituksen Yö, Lappeenranta, Finland
08/29 - Wacken Rocks - Kreuth, Germany
08/30 - Wacken Rocks - Aurich, Germany
08/31 - Bemowo Amphitheatre, Warsaw, Poland
08/01 - Astoria Hall, Bydgoszcz, Poland
08/10 - Big Cat, Osaka, Japan
08/11 - Club Quattro, Nagoya, Japan
08/12 - Club Citta, Kawasaki (Tokyo), Japan
08/16 - Nokia Theater, NYC, NY, USA
08/18 - Opera House, Toronto, ON, Canada
08/19 - Imperial de Quebec, Quebec City, Q, Canada
08/20 - Medley, Montreal, QC, Canada
08/21 - Middle East, Boston, Mass, USA
08/23 - Sonar, Baltimore, MD , USA
08/24 - Peabody's, Cleveland, OH , USA
08/25 - Pearl Room, Mokena, IL, USA
08/27 - Garrick Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
08/28 - The Riddell at University, Regina, SK, Canada
08/29 - Warehouse, Calgary, AB, Canada
08/30 - Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB, Canada
10/02 - Plaza Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
10/03 - Sugar, Victoria, BC, Canada
10/04 - El Corazon, Seattle, WA, USA
10/06 - The Grand Ballroom at the Regency, San Francisco, CA, USA
10/07 - Key Club, Los Angeles, CA, USA
01/07 - Zeche, Bochum, Germany (Ruhrpott)
01/08 - Hof ter Lo, Antwerp, Belgium
01/09 - Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
01/10 - Garage, London, UK
01/12 - Elysee, Paris, France
01/13 - Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
01/15 - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
01/16 - Rockstar Live, Bilbao, Spain (Euskadi/Basquia)
01/17 - Razzmatazz 1, Barcelona, Spain (Catalunya)
01/19 - Transbordeur, Lyon, France
01/20 - Z 7, Pratteln, Switzerland
01/21 - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
01/23 - SKC, Belgrad, Serbia
01/24 - Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
01/26 - Petöfi Hall, Budapest, Hungary
01/27 - Szene, Vienna, Austria
01/28 - PKO, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
01/30 - Backstage, München, Germany (Bavaria)
02/01 - Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany (Swabia)
02/02 - Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany (Saarland)
02/03 - Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany (Fischkopfia)
02/04 - The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark
02/06 - Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden (Skåne)
02/07 - Trädgårn, Göteborg, Sweden (Bohuslän)
02/08 - Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
02/09 - Tyrol, Stockholm, Sweden
Timo Tollki, formerly of Stratovarius and currently with Revolution Renaissance and the more recent Project Strato, has issued an updates on a number of things from his personal projects to the status of Revolution Renaissance:
"Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been really busy working hard with different things and projects. Some mixes for my mixing service, composing songs for Project Strato, one Finnish female artist and producing a record for a really cool new Goldenworks artist.
"I've been also writing my book and it is almost finished. It is sort of an autobiography covering the years 1975-2009. It is called: "Intermission - Entr'acte". Some kind and beautiful people are helping me with this by editing and translating. For free. That is truly amazing.
It will come out in English, Finnish, Portugese and Spanish. I try to make the price as low as possible. You will be able to order it from a certain webshop (I'm negotiating about it at the moment) and from some bookstores and record shops. I hope to get it out early September.
"Things don't look too good for RR unfortunately. We have tried but we have no gigs confirmed and actually we don't even have a record deal at the moment. Anyway, we have been working on a new website at least and it should be up in some time soon. There is an intropage already at www.revolution-renaissance.com if you want to have a look. For those who have speakers in their computers, the intropage has a little surprise.
We had to close down the forum to weed out the spam bots and fill in some security holes. This might take some time. Sorry for that.
"When we have something to tell about the possible gigs and new recordings, we will of course inform you right away."
Frontiers Records has announced the signing of Cain's Offering for their debut album “Gather the Faithful,” to be released on August 28th in Europe and September 11th in the USA.
The band is the new artistic creation of Jani Liimatainen, the guitarist/songwriter formerly of Sonata Arctica and Altaria. In 2007 Jani parted ways with Finnish power metal act Sonata Arctica, a band he has contributed to found in 1996 and to which he devoted his full time and energy for more than 10 years.
Following his departure from one of Finland's biggest music exports in recent years, all eyes were set upon his newest creation: Cain's Offering. “After parting ways with Sonata Arctica, I took 'a leave of absence' from the metal circles, feeling that I had not much to offer at the time and that I needed a break to charge my batteries” states Liimatainen. “After a year or so the hunger to play metal returned with a vengeance, and so I decided to put together a new group of my own. I gave a call to a few friends, and voila: Cain's Offering! Cain’s Offering is a collaboration of a world-class musicians and one of the best singers in the world of Heavy Metal. All of these guys are handpicked from the very best the Finnish metal scene has to offer and I’m very proud to have them join me in this band.”
Joining Jani are vocalist Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto), keyboardist Mikko Harkin (Solution.45, Mehida, ex-Sonata Arctica, ex-Wingdom, ex-Kenziner), bassist Jukka Koskinen (Norther, Wintersun) and drummer Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula (Paul Di'Anno).
Drawing its musical influence from both the classic hard rock scene, the fast-paced European power metal and a very modern heavy metal sound, Cain's Offering is a perfect example of today's living and breathing Finnish music scene. “To me Cain's Offering is a perfect combination of the things I value in music: beautiful melodies, emotions, top-notch musicianship and some kick-ass Metal! Basically it represents music as I like to hear it; every element is in its rightful place. I feel that what we came up with has all the traditional values, that so many metal-heads, myself included, hold so dear, but with a fresh new twist to it” says Jani. “Lyrically the songs deal with very basic, almost primal emotions and subjects most people will be able to relate to … and … there are absolutely no dragons allowed :)”
“Gather The Faithful” includes the following songs:
My Queen Of Winter
More Than Friends
Oceans Of Regret
Gather The Faithful
Into The Blue
Dawn Of Solace
Thorn In My Side
Morpheus In A Masquerade
Boston thrashers, Ravage, have issued the following update regarding the details of their upcoming North American tour:
"So the tour schedule seems to be coming together slowly but... maybe surely. We've got a lot of good potential shows put together including a possible gig with the legendary Vicious Rumors, and confirmed shows with ROSS THE BOSS (Guitarist of Manowar and The Dictators) and STRATOVARIUS. We seem to be having an easier time putting together shows on the west coast for some reason - so if you have some contacts in the East and south, particularly florida and the carolina's - and Canada - let me know. I've had a devil of a time getting any Canadian gigs so far." More...