Stratovarius back to work. Finally!

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Stratovarius back to work. Finally!

Post by Pancio » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:42 am

So here we go again, Stratovarius are back with, hopefully, a new release in view.

Ideas about what we are going to listen? At the moment Jens, Timo and Matias are in Timo K. Studio aka "Tomb of Anoppi" recording, and maybe already mixing and producing, new album.

On Matias FB page a video was posted showing a snippet of a Death Metal riff.
It's not strange, after all, to have such riffs played by Matias since he do like extreme metal (Fist in Fetus) and some of Stratovarius songs already contain Death Metal vibes (breakdown part on Unbreakable, riff from Out of the Fog and The Lost Saga reminded me of Amon Amarth kind of things, the first time).

What do you think about it? You like it or you don't?

IMO "experimental" music like Nemesis and partly Elysium is the best compromise between catchy vocal line and progressive touch which, of course, I prefer over a straight riffing.
But that's me and I'm into Prog since I was a child.

This new album gives me mixed feelings, surely it's not a rushed album but it will be dividing.

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Post by mocobhc » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:04 pm

I love the snippet! It's just some seconds, yes, but they totally make me want more :D

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Post by Empathica1928 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:36 pm

I haven't heard a Stratovarius album I dislike. They're my favorite metal band of all time without question. I have been waiting for this news for a while and I am very happy :) The snippet sounds heavy as hell. I can't wait to hear what catchy melodies and shreddy solos they've come up with this time. Maybe another epic? Nemesis is the only Matias era album without a true epic (the title track doesn't quite get there).

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Post by NeverendingAbyss » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:32 pm

link?

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Post by ZenithMC » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:33 pm

I believe this is the video in question:
https://www.facebook.com/MatiasKupiaine ... 915142552/

Sounds pretty interesting to me. :-) I noticed a Focusrite ISA 430 MKII near the end of the video.

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Post by Pancio » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:17 pm

Yep, we were talking about this snippet.

About Strato I must admit I'm not very comfortable with their "Black Album", I think it could be definitely better with less slow/mid tempo and repetitiveness.
I like Back to Madness and United but from an emotional point of view, music wise I think Gypsy in Me and Leave the Tribe are more coherent with Elements pt. 1 and 2, a sort of B-side tracks never make it to the two records.
I find Götterdämmerung interesting, in a certain way, but it's too inconsistent during his length, more variation and less hypnotic attitude would have been good (but I know what Tolkki concept was).
I still think is a bland album but worth of a couple of listening session once in a while.
Production, anyway, was terrible in drums, OMG.

About Nemesis: I think that the album is not suited for long epic tracks since it's a sort of big experiment; third album with Matias, first album with Rolf and maybe a different approach in songwriting led them to a "strange" album, similar but different and I think it's a really good thing.
Progressive touch is very well accepted and Castles in the Air, Nemesis and Out of the Fog show how Stratovarius, for instance, could write and play Jazz, Modern Prog and Melodeath coherently with their power metal image.

About the video Matias posted: I'm not used to extreme metal except for Meshuggah, Opeth (needless to say In Cauda Venenum sounds excellent) and some other artists like Jarzombek or Townsend, but I'm very curious about the new Stratovarius album and how this heavy riffing will be integrated.
As said it will be dividing, in a good way, of course.

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Post by SentineLEX » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:20 pm

Sounds like something in the vein of Nemesis. Only time will tell

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Post by lucaf9397 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:23 pm

The snippet is impressive and unexpected. I am glad they try different things and I wish the guys have gathered new inspiration and let the creativity really flow free.

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Post by RazielSR » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:38 am

Sounds fantastic tbh!
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Post by mocobhc » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:43 pm

Interesting interviews with Timo here, seems they gave up the "everyone is writing his songs on his own"-approach, but Jens, Timo and Matias wrote songs together instead:

https://www.radiocantilo.com/entrevista ... ss35w5W6FU
https://www.efectometal.com/post/charla ... gdfZ02SzPc
http://headbangerslatinoamerica.com/ent ... h23Pfs_fbE

(and seems they plan to play some songs during upcoming South American tour they never played live before)

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Post by SentineLEX » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:42 am

Interesting take by Timo where he thinks Strato might be more popular now than it was in the 1997-2003 era. And that they've gotten to the point where their music spans two generations

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Post by NeverendingAbyss » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:34 pm

:lol: :lol: You know my aunt is in her 60s and knows about Stratovarius.

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Post by robocop » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:10 am

I asked my black midget neighbor if he ever listens to Strato and he said, Strapo?? Like strap on dildo?? :x

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Post by Motha-faka » Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:48 pm

robocop wrote:I asked my black midget neighbor if he ever listens to Strato and he said, Strapo?? Like strap on dildo?? :x
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